I hated the pilot episode of Rules of Engagement. I absolutely hated it. It was the most derivative, insulting load of cobblers I'd seen in a long while.
Seems others agreed with me. Here's the original cast (men only, because let's face it, women don't count according to the show).
Here's the current cast:
Ooh, women. Plus, two out of the three main characters have been recast. There was only one good thing about the pilot – Patrick Warburton – and he's still there. But we've lost the kid from Joey and gained David Spade. Oh dear.
I refused point-blank to watch the new version of the first episode, so the second episode was the first I bothered with.
“Hmm, it seems to have improved,” I noted to myself, mentally pencilling in some sort of “don't judge a series by its pilot” message to blog about. It didn't suck completely. Sure, there was plenty of latent misogyny (Oh no! His girlfriend knows something about sex and has had loads and loads of boyfriends! That means he's inadequate and threatened, and she's an *insert anti-female insult of your choice here*), but the older couple, despite their supposed jadedness were kind of nice together, David Spade wasn't in it much, and Patrick Warburton was still great.
But this week's episode. Oh dear. All the promise of the pilot was back again. Just awful. Hateful. I would stick a burning David Spade goatee on CBS's front lawn if I could (Note to self: sounds good, not sure what it means, and it has potential to be offensive. Should I keep it? Probably not.)