Friday, September 17, 2010

New Shows We Are Watching

Most TV Shows have a period during the first season where they’re working out the kinks, and they don’t always pull it off, but when they do it’s great. So, we’re going to watch some freshman shows and spot that moment when they finally get awesome, or become unwatchable.

Nikita (CW) – Pilot

So far, Nikita is a disappointment. The biggest surprise of this episode is how boring it is. It’s strange to feel your mind wander to more interesting things while you’re watching a series about assassins and explosions. Why? Well, that’s no mystery. This show, the third remake of an originally French movie, is contrived. They not only reuse an old story, they don’t do it as well. There have been plenty of series featuring strong leading women and others about spies, but this Nikita does not do anything new with the formula. The cast has no chemistry, and the way they are portrayed seems a little lifeless. We personally feel that cardboard cut outs of the actors being moved about would be much better. Wait, that sounds amazing. Picture their likeness on cardboard and inappropriate groaning noises. Fantastic! The strangest thing, however, is that Nikita is not the star of the show, or at least that’s how it comes off. But despite all of this, we here are such gluttons for punishment that we will continue to watch it and mock it (because it’s fun), and see if it improves and if the pilot turned out to be an anomaly.

Terriers (FX) – Pilot

No complaints here. It’s an old-school private eye show (very Rockford Files). The only complaint would be that the main characters (a pool cleaner/unlicensed private investigator duo) don’t grab your attention, but still its fun to watch, and a welcome change to the overly interesting characters that have taken over television since House first aired. Who they are and what they do is still ambiguous, and they have yet to establish that and distinguish the series.

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