Like Allison, I see too many elements cobbled together from other shows. That's not bad in itself but it just seems to be pandering to so many demographics: there's the counter-estab-nerd, the autistic kid, the cute/vulnerable waitress, the very serious fed, the smart asian girl, the fat comic-relief guy, and the hipster with the hoody and pork pie hat - just like "Heroes" except with super smarts instead of super powers. And because we haven't all screamed loud enough, the computer hacker gets into any system as easy as if it were his own to begin with. If you're going to permit that lax of a plot mechanism then what's the point in watching because you've just signaled that Deus Ex Machina is the ace up your sleeve which is what that ridiculous plane-cable-car scene was. My prediction: early cancellation.
I like the premise of the show but they're just horrible at execution. The only way I can watch this show is leaning on the FF button. There's typically only two places in each episode I need to play at normal speed. So the net of this is for each week there's only about 5 minutes of this 1 hr show worth paying attention to, wouldn't count on its renewal.
Worst "Stars" cast yet, the producers had to resort to tier-3 actors, some of whom are still trying to make bank on their minor character from the 90s. There just had to be many discussions that started with "I swear if we don't get so-and-so then we are doing another season." Unfortunately, that person never prevailed and we have this pathetic set of "stars" we have to endure because your wives, like mine, make you watch it for the dancing, ugh.
Show's creator was interviewed and noted it's an actually award at Harvard.
Clearly, this and the prior episodes were leading to Louis' suicide but the writers feinted that and gave us Louis the Machiavellian. Also, given his medical history, the stress of those final moments could drop him down; otherwise, next season starts off with Jessica responding "Oh hell no!" In any case, please, please more legal drama and less Mike-and-Rachel playing house.
Sorry, I can't recommend this show except to women (notice the TVFanatic reviewer of this episode) because it has much more in common with a show like "Army Wives". There are so many problems with this show, the latter being just one: it starts in 1943 so the setting is one in which your father or grandfather grew up, and it's not at all colorful; in fact, they might as well filmed this in black-and-white because the muted grays and browns are just as bad. Next, the story starts after the project has begun, so there's no exposition of the Manhattan Project at all; in fact, the characters aren't even really named. That means this show is going to lean heavily on flashbacks which just adds to confusion, especially at the outset. It's also leaning heavily on family relationships (women love this) which is more distracting and FF bait. I was hoping the show would focus more on the science, the policy and ethical debates but instead we're getting splashes of Army Wives and Mad Men's misogyny. This is not a show designed for the mainstream; its target demographic seems to be men over 65 ("Baby Boomers") and women over 40. Deleted and removed from DVR's timer.
The premiere has a nice sheen of tech gloss on it, but I've got real plausibility problems with what they're doing. First, she's a highly regarded, trained astronaut and yet she lets an obvious alien form, stereotypically viewable as a former lover, approach and touch her. Second, everyone with any tech chops knows that either (a) she would not even have the option to delete camera footage, or (b) that such a deletion was logged as an intentional act; for heaven's sake, the delete command asked for confirmation! So this is just sloppy screenwriting and cannot be forgiven because it poisons anything that derives from it. Third, Harmon comes back from the dead(?!) and cryptically warns her not to trust anyone. Jeez, is this script straight from The X-Files or what?! I wanted to like this series, I really did, but these plot gaffes betray its former potential since they're not taking the critical element of plausibility seriously.
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 09:00
I really like how they've put together this run of "24". Plausibility hasn't jumped the shark, and each episode is fascinating, there's no filler eps at all. I wish all series followed such a formula. I also like how this run didn't end with the device's recovery but pushed forward with further treachery. Like, like, like.
Comment modified at July 28, 2014 20:18
Very adult, I like the start of this series. I like the premise, that the estranged "prince" trying to lead an American life is forced by circumstance back into his native family, and consequently forced to face a life, a destiny he ran from 20 yrs ago. Very intriguing, but I'm sure this will get quite political, with alliances and hostile factions setting up and that's when I tune out -- seen it all before in countless other politi-shows, but until (and if) they hit that point I'll continue to watch.
Comment modified at July 29, 2014 09:01
I liked the Kate character, wanted to see a lot more of her. The problem I'm having with the show is they're not mixing in enough human error with the Jennings. They're way too smooth and successful. Between their travel agency job and raising two kids, one rebellious, and all their clandestine operations they should've "dropped the ball" on several occasions and should've had to make big sacrifices to deal with them. So I'm getting kind of numb to that.
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