Posted on October 1, 2007 | |
In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC
In the UK: Acquired by Channel 4
If you're going to have a show about ridiculously rich people, I guess this is the one to have. Having lots and lots of money, apparently, turns you into murdering, suicidal, adulterous, drug-addicted, idle, alcoholic, spoilt idiots who can fritter millions away on whatever passes through your frontal lobes from second to second.
This isn't just me being mean to the characters: that's explicitly how the rich 'Darlings' are portrayed in the eyes of our 'hero', Nick, who grew up with them thanks to his father being the family lawyer.
Now his father's dead, the Darlings want him as a replacement but he wants nothing to do with them.
Despite its message though, I found it hard to get too excited about it, even with Peter Krause as the lead. Who am I going to identify with: the Darlings or their slightly less rich new lawyer who finds that absolute power really does corrupt absolutely?
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Posted on October 1, 2007 | |
In the US: Fridays, 9pm et/pt, CBS
In the UK: Either Virgin 1 or Living from January 2008
Ooh, I can tell why David Greenwalt legged it in about ten seconds flat after becoming exec producer of this. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner in the which show absolutely, definitely has earned the right to be first cancelled this season. David Tennant - don't worry, your girlfriend's coming back home soon.
If you've seen anything involving vampires whatsoever, if you've even so much as skimmed an Anne Rice novel, you'll get an eerie sense of dé jà vu from Moonlight. Angel, Interview with a Vampire, or heaven forfend, Forever Knight (and I'm not even talking about the relatively average TV series with Geraint Wyn Davies, but the abysmal pilot movie with Rick Springfield) have all done vampires better.
And not one of them was a stupid, episode-long trailer for a bloody iPhone.
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Posted on September 29, 2007 | |
In the US: Fridays, 10pm et/pt, CBS
In the UK: One of the ITVs at a point determined by some stochastic process
Characters re-cast: 0
Major characters gotten rid of: -1
Major new characters: 0
Format change percentage: 0%
Beards grown: 2
What a difference a decent director and script make. As I have remarked before, Numb3rs is often quite a formulaic show. When it's good, it's very good; but most of the time, it's just average - not utterly dumb, just mundane and unsurprising.
This season opener carries on directly, in terms of plot rather than chronologically, from the third season's finale, in which Dylon Bruno's hardcore ex-army FBI agent was revealed to be an agent for the Chinese. It was surprisingly surprising for Numb3rs, not least because it was written by the usually rubbish Ken Sanzel.
Although it soon becomes clear that yes, a magic reset button will probably reverse that one innovation the show has produced, the episode does have two even more surprising surprises: firstly, Ken Sanzel can write really good scripts - he's even getting the hang of this maths thing to the extent that it's actually relevant, rather than slammed in with a crowbar; secondly, exec producer Tony Scott, who's been sitting on his hands doing not much to earn that title for three seasons, has finally gotten off his backside to direct this episode, the first time he's directed an episode of a television show.
In true Tony Scott style, he's brought along one of his favourite actors, Val Kilmer, who's busily resurrecting his acting career after a long time in the wilderness. Before even a minute's gone by, it's clear that whatever you think of Scott as a film director with his somewhat bombastic style, as a television director he's really first rate. Taken together, the script and direction turn this Numb3rs episode in something pretty good.
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