Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I Watched: Vegas Premiere, Revolution, & More

Vegas, "Pilot (EP101)" - This was rough in places, but the premise (clash between the law and the mob in 1960s Vegas) and the stars (Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jason O'Mara) are enough to make me pretty enthusiastic and hopeful anyway. My surprise favorite character was the female ADA. You can read my pilot review at TheTelevixen.

Revolution, "Chained Heat (EP102)" - Ehhh. As I said on Twitter last night, I think there are probably some very interesting stories happening in the world of this show. I'm just not convinced they're actually going to let us see them. The young lead tends to be... the opposite of compelling. I'm way more interested in the political and technological issues than in her search for her brother. That said, I could watch Long-Suffering Billy Burke Deals With Annoying Teenagers forever. And, of course, the reveal at the end of the episode was rather intriguing. So I'm still not sold on this, but I'm still watching.

Go On, "Bench-Clearing Bawl (EP104)" - Julie White's Anne was definitely the breakout of this episode, and I hope we see more of her. I almost said "I sort of wish she were the lead," but let's face it: I find Matt Perry's standard mix of narcissism and vulnerability to be infinitely charming.

The New Normal, "Obama Mama (EP104)" - It's becoming clear that, as suspected, this show is one long Very Special Episode, and we're going to be hit over the head with Important Lessons every week, but . . . I still like it. For now. We'll see.

Bomb Girls, "How You Trust (EP103)" - This episode brought various of the girls' personal problems and conflicts front and center, while never losing the historical grounding or the sharpness of the ethnicity/class conflicts. I'm glad that Gladys, Kate, and Betty are getting to be friends, and this was the first episode that made me really feel I wanted to spend more time with them as characters rather than symbols or examples. And Marco (and his mother)! Oh, Marco.

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