...to cause epilepsy in small children and the elderly due to
ridiculous editing. (Seriously: it's the Speed Force of TV
editing--it's so gratuitous it makes the last couple of Michael
Bay films and _Walker, Texas Ranger_ look almost lethargic.)
Okay, this is TNT's attempt at an action/cop show. The
initial advertising definitely hinted that they were going
after the _Shield_ audience with this--and considering that
the series creator/executive producer worked on both _Oz_
and _***: Life On The Street_, you'd THINK they would.
The problem: Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent are also
executive producers on the show.
The concept: an elite supersquad goes after L.A.'s 100 most
wanted criminals. That's it.
The cast breaks down like this:
Gary Cole: the Leader with Family Problems (LAPD)
Rashida Jones: the New Girl and Hottie Profiler (Naval Intelligence)
Ryan Hurst: the Clean-Living *** Gun-Bunny (ATF)
Benjamin Benitez: the Slick ***(FBI)
Josey Scott: the Tattooed Tech Guy (LAPD)
the Bald Goldberg-looking Redshirt that died in the first episode
(DEA--at least it was unexpected)
Lee Tergesen: the Replacement for the Bald Asskicker (next
week: U.S. Marshals)
Joaquim de Almeida: the Boss (LAPD--the first time in something
like a decade where he's played a good guy, AFAIK)
Dedee Pfeiffer: the Ex-Wife (***)
Judging from last night's pilot episode, the show is comparatively
lightweight in this post-_Shield_ environment. Or you could call
it old-school, I suppose...the good guys chase the bad guys, and
that's about it. The only real conflicts were between Cole's
character and the hottie (yup, the old trust-issues-because-he-
didn't-select-her-his-boss-did chestnut), and between him and his
ex-wife and his entirely-too-freaking-precocious son. Though a
young girl did get***d by the villain-of-the-week, and there was
a scene in a *** bar (no actual on-screen nudity), so YEAH!
it's a TOUGH AND GRITTY SHOW! ***! SHIT!
Only three characters got any actual development in the pilot: the
Leader, the Bald Redshirt, and the Hottie. In that order. I'll let
that go for the moment: it's the first ep, after all.
Ultimately, _Wanted_ seems like ***age jailbait playing dress-up...
in the right light it looks good, but sooner or later it goes and
does something that screws the illusion up. In this case, it's the
hyper-ADHD editing style (with blurs, speed ramping, stutter-speed,
the works) that almost literally cuts the show off at the knees.
That, and to a lesser extent the overall feeling of gratuitousness
that fills the whole thing; a lot of the dialogue, for instance,
has that feeling of wanting to push the envelope for the sake of
it, but not QUITE backed up by that relative feeling of realism we
usually get from, yes, _The Shield_. It's not overly pretentious,
though, and it just might have some potential--and it's on a night
where nothing's on anyway until football season starts--so it's at
least worth a look just to see how the competition tries to play
the game (n. HHH).
- bill, oddly verbose this morning