I was kind of surprised to come in this morning and not see a thread praising the coolest, slickest TV premiere in quite a while. So I guess it’s up to me. If you didn’t watch it, you missed something really fun and engaging.
It’s based on the Elmore Leonard character as first written in Out of Sight — a tough, smart U.S. Marshal in Florida, with a great relationship with her dad, and nasty criminals for her to bust everywhere you turn.
The character was played by J-Lo in the movie adaptation, a starmaking turn, but Carla Gugino (who’s the mom in the Spy Kids movies) is even better: smarter, tougher, more attractive, more soulful. Dennis Farina played the father in the movie, and again the TV show has an upgrade: Robert Forster, rescued from obscurity by Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and in fine form in this show, wise and loving but still sarcastic and a specific person.
The dialogue crackles with originality and wit, and the setting, the touristified faux-tropical candy-colored plastic of Miami, hasn’t looked this good since Miami Vice. The supporting cast avoids cliche: Sisco’s boss knows she’s the most competent marshal he’s got, but he also knows she’s a little unpredictable and needs close supervision; he is neither the benevolent father figure nor the tightass police captain: he’s just her boss.
The storyline in the series premiere was kind of a knockoff of Out of Sight, wherein Karen discovers her boyfriend might be a criminal and tries to overcome her serious attraction to him, so that aspect wasn’t so hot, but apparently it’s not the actual pilot episode; the network chose to run this one first because of its familiarity (:rolleyes: typical), and we’ll get the real pilot in a couple of weeks.
I laughed out loud, I cared about the characters, and I’ll be tuning in next week. You should too. And then let’s hope ABC rescues the show from its graveyard position opposite the powerhouse Law & Order.