Vegas Review: Last Night in Vegas

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Our Last NIght in Vegas had the "Sons of Nevada" going head to head with the Chicago mob and a trained assassin, yet somehow everyone walked away with minimal bloodshed.

Savino Prepares Lena

I wasn't surprised that Ralph handed over those tapes to Savino. He's always followed his own personal code more than the letter of the law.  The part that did shock me was that he didn't actually kill Porter Gainsley.

I understood his reasoning. He didn't want to lead Dixon down the wrong path and that was admirable but would the FBI be able to contain Gainsley, even behind bars?

The man killed Lamb's wife, put Katherine in a coma, planted a bomb in Savino's car, and sent a new sheriff in specifically to kill Jack and Dixon. Not to mention he had an FBI agent promoted just to get him out of the way.  That's a lot of power in high places and I didn't see much evidence connecting the man to his crimes.  

As Savino said, Porter Gainsley could be a very dangerous man, even from a prison cell. I know it wouldn't have been the right thing to do, but the smarter move would have been to kill the man and eliminate the threat entirely.

And I thought Ralph was pretty naive telling Jones that if he came back over the border he'd kill him.  Jones is an artist when it comes to death.  For all of Ralph's fortitude and good intentions, I simply don't see him being able to take the trained assassin out.

Jack and Mia broke my heart and yet it all seemed inevitable. Mia had no desire to leave the casino life and Jack could never live with someone he loved being involved in the illegal side of that business. 

I'd rooted for this couple all season but in the end, if neither one of them was willing to change then perhaps it really was simply time to walk away. 

At least Yvonne and Dixon got their happy ending. Those two kids really do make a cute couple. 

One of my biggest disappointments was that Katherine didn't wake up.  What a shame to have her character in a coma for the entire finale. At least Ralph admitted that there were lots of things he should have shared with her. Hopefully he'll do just that, if she ever wakes up. Unfortunately we won't get to see it.

In case you hadn't heard, CBS officially cancelled Vegas so this season finale was actually the Vegas series finale and it's a bit of a shame.

There was lots to like about this show. The costumes, the sets, and the 1960s ambiance were stunning.  The characters definitely grew on me as the series went along but I'll admit I enjoyed Vincent Savino, Jack Lamb, and Mia more than I did the Sheriff.

The bigger problem was the pacing of the stories which started out slow and took too long to build.  At the end of the series I can say I'm really enjoying the show but the truth is it took me two thirds of the season to get here. 

So what did you think of Vegas.  Will it be missed?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY just came out with its Top 50 Most-Watched TV Programs of the 2012-13 season. VEGAS was on it. On any other network, it might have received another season and VEGAS' numbers would have been considered a success. But, because CBS is the #1 network & its lineup has some of the highest numbers in the business, the bar VEGAS needed to meet was just set too high. I bet it's also an expensive show to produce with that cast. Enjoyed the show. Sad to see it go. And, Mia was just too progressive a girl for Jack to settle down with at his ranch. That would have NEVER worked. I actually think a younger kid like Dixon would have been able to make something like that work. But, Jack is just too traditional & seemed to need a completely different kind of woman.

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I liked this show..... yes it was a slow started but was worth the wait.......@ steveO...I agree with you.... here's hoping the show gets picked up somewhere else (possibly Netflix?)...by the middle of the season the writers had picked up steam and the show become a contender... it is unfortunate the network pulled the plug.... I did liked the final with it leaving just enough questions to allow the show to continue elsewhere ......lets all x our fingers

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We'll never know if Catherine awakens or if Mia and Jack finally make a go of it. That's too bad :(

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Sorry to see it canceled , wife & I really enjoyed watching it !

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The finale was good but not great. There were a couple of things that bothered me. I didn't like how the Jack & Mia storyline ended. Her sleeping with another guy literally a day after she broke up with Jack seems out of character for her. And Sheriff Ralph not killing Gainsley, after he made such a big fuss about him being a man of his word (he gave his word to Savino that when the time came, he would kill him) was disappointing to see. But I did enjoy this show & am sorry to see it cancelled. Like the other commenter said, I hope another network picks it up.

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Fell into this show by accident, but like you, became pretty gripped by it by the end of the season. I can see why it didn't appeal to many, it's not a mass appeal show but it's still well-written, well-designed and I thought they did so many things right that it's sad to see it go. I was a HUGE fan of Jack and Mia (especially Mia) but that whole thing was hard to see working long-term. I think they'd have eventually brought them back together if we had more time. But Dixon and Yvonne were adorable, so glad that happened. So many unfinished loose ends in this one, sorry to see it go.

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if a cable network struggling for original programming(talking to you TNT) were to get rights to Vegas both the show and the network would prosper

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WHAT? The series is *cancelled*? Man that's a huge disappointment. I was getting into it in a big way too. It had lots of potential for more stories. Guess the numbers didn't add up - which is too bad. Had the producers given it a bit more time I'm confident it would have picked up more viewers.