NBC tries to be edgy. It just seems forced. And desperate. Take an actor who elevated silky smooth charisma such that any attempts are poor imitations. Cast him as gritty and grungy. I’ll wait til that goes into the clearance bin.
Sure, I know that Blair Underwood can act, and he in fact does imbue Ironside with a palpable sexiness. But there’s nothing I want to see immediately. The secret gay life of Raymond Burr-actor of the original wheelchair bound detective-is infinitely more interesting than this remake.
There are some things that are better off left alone.
Audiences are fatigued of rebranding. What’s next: an update of Topper? Not the Kate Jackson-Andrew Stevens update but the Leo G. Carroll one (which was a TV version of a Cary Grant movie). I knew it was a matter of time til they plucked Fall Guy off the shelf. How many Hulks have there been since the 70s? Three? And Godzilla’s coming back.
Nostalgia is that guy who won’t move out of his parent’s house.
These days if there’s fondness for the oldies, TV Land and hulu can more than provide it. Why update it?
Nostalgia is just an excuse to not make sh– up of your own.
We get it. He’s flawed. Blake Snyder wrote of five things that need fixing in Save the Cat. Only thing is at the end of 90 minutes, he’s fixed. End of story.
The only thing anti about these anti-heroes is that they’re on anti-depressants. Kelly Garret was billed as the Charlie’s Angel with the deep dark past. We saw one episode with Beemish locking the orphan Kelly in the closet. She didn’t grimace and grunt in a bikini during every episode.
Nowadays, we have bipolars, sociopaths, delusionals, and Aspergers solving crimes. Talk about slow burn-we have to wade thru 44 episodes before even one thing gets fixed. I’d rather set myself on fire. That’s contrary to every story telling component embedded within us. We need to feel something was worth enduring. We need to learn. We need an ending. Otherwise, as viewers, we all end up saying, “I wasted my time for that?!”
Golden Age is Over
Sorry artistes, it was brief but now, it’s gone. The Walking Dead has 30 million viewers. The Bridge can barely get 1.7 mil. Blockbuster TV is back. That explains the rise of event TV, formerly known as the miniseries. Audiences want in-your-face action, not slow burning. But it’s also the demand for the level of action seen on the big screen. Most television these days requires the shelling out of money. Why shouldn’t one expect the same quality that’s in movie theaters?
For the new NBC show’s part, jerky camera shots and harsh Chicago accents don’t always parlay into “down and dirty.” Some of it is quite pretentious. The preview episode really was more meditative than crime solving.
For a crime show, that’s not good.