If you stuck around after The Oscars, then you may have caught a special preview of ABC's latest hit, Whiskey Cavalier!
The spy dramedy is a fun action-thriller, and there are many things to love about the series right out of the gate.
For one, Scandal's Scott Foley and The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan make a hell of a team. Although, it may take them a while to come around to one another and their conflicting viewpoints and ways of doing things.
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The official premiere of Whiskey Cavalier Season 1 Episode 1 is this Wednesday at 10/9c. Come back then for a full review of the premiere.
However, below, is a few hot takes and first impressions from a truly hilarious and action-packed hour.
Check it out, and hit the comments with your thoughts.
Don't forget to come back on Wednesday!
It's Crazy, Absurd, Light-hearted Fun!
The first rule of Whiskey Cavalier is don't take the show or yourself too seriously. It's deliberate, light-hearted fun. Escapist television is a rare find. It's rarer to find something that is genuinely enjoyable. Whiskey Cavalier has rectified that situation with an action-packed, character-driven dramedy that will have you cheesing like an idiot all the way through. If you can't appreciate the cheesy action series, I'm sorry you don't like joy.
Will Chase is a Lovable, Sappy Badass
Will Chase is the cutest of hot messes. He has a high emotional intelligence that makes him an asset to the FBI, but it also can and often is his downfall when his emotions get in the way of things. Will getting distracted by displays of affection and love in the city of Love or contemplating joining a wedding just to catch a bouquet is ridiculous, but also funny. Let those who haven't sat in the dark listening to sappy breakup songs and mourning the end of their relationship cast the first stone. If Will is one of the pioneers of leading men who aren't afraid to show their sensitive side without forgoing their masculinity, then bring it the hell on and give us more!
Frankie is the Strong But Vulnerable Heroine We Deserve
Frankie could come across as a one-note character who is too hard or cold, but if Will is rebranding what it means to be masculine while in tune with your emotions, then Frankie is showcasing what it means to be a strong woman without compromising her vulnerability. She's badass and funny, but she's also considerate and driven. What's most refreshing is that she's encouraged to feel and be emotional, and by her male counterparts at that. Of all the characters, her journey and growth may be the most compelling.
The Fiery Whiskey Chemistry is Off the Charts ...
Of course, when you have two single attractive people paired together 'shipper hearts will go aflutter with the possibilities. Whiskey Cavalier isn't denying that there is potential sexual tension between Will and Frankie, but they are playing it just right. The chemistry between the two characters is instantaneous, and their different approaches to life and their jobs make them an entertaining but dynamic duo.
... Yet, It's Indefinable
However, there is also the promise that their burgeoning partnership and friendship may be more than another "will they, won't they" situation. The show creator teased that there is a strong familial element to the series, and given Frankie's general disposition and hangups, you can tell that more than anything else, she could use the friendship and family, and Will is more than willing to open her eyes and heart to that. It's a promising take. Plus, the two of them butt heads like siblings or a married couple, and the fact that you can interpret it, either way, is part of their appeal.
The Authentic Scenery and Overall Cinematography is a Win
You can tell the series is filmed in Europe based on the various shots and scenery. That attention to detail and authenticity is better than anything a green screen could provide. It makes the location feel like a character as well, and it's so much easier to stay in the moment throughout the episode.
Edgar is the New Favorite Nerd
We have ourselves a new funny, lovable hacker. Edgar spent most of his time being carted around against his will and making funny quips, but he's already such an enjoyable character. So far, the only thing that screams "nerdy" is the fact that he's an NSA hacker, but so what, he fits the bill, and we love it and him. Edgar brings the funny, and when he gets to crack his knuckles and quarterback missions, it's going to be over for our nerd-loving hearts.
We're Really Going To Need More of Susan and Jai
They are the respective best friends of Will and Frankie. Given both Frankie and Will's specific issues, they probably don't have a lot of friends as it is. However, Susan and Jai lacked presence during the pilot, and the hope is that we'll learn more about them and see more from them. We barely got a feel for what either of them do, and hopefully, they'll be more than just the friends of Will and Frankie. Susan was super fun in her moments, and Jai is suave AF. More, please!
The Group Dynamic is Promising
We did not have many scenes of everyone together. The pilot introduced us to the characters, and we'll have to watch the next installment to see how they work together as a team, but that final scene is already promising. Susan already seems to be fond of Frankie and vis versa, which could lead to some a dynamic female friendship, especially with both ladies being the only ladies on the team. Also, there is a hint of something potentially amusing with Jai and Edgar's interactions.