Monday, September 17, 2012

The return of Bones and series premiers of The Mob Doc+or and Revolution

Well, Bones is back, and here's a review of that first episode!
They continued the plotline they started in the Seventh Season and so far have completly cleaned up the Brennan and Baby as Fugitives storyline. The only thing left is to get rid of this season's major serial-killer. From start to finish it was clean and slick and completely in order. Never a misstep nor a case of bad cutting, writing or directing. What do you expect? It's Bones.
Do I recommend it? Most certainly.

The Mob Doctor
This show on the other hand was all over the place, a trope that is best described as "A random series of events that occur between the opening titles and the ending credits"
Basically the events of this show make as much sense in context as they do out of it. The star, a doctor who's name is very forgettable (it has to be, I just watched the show and I can't remember what her name is) dresses like a cop and walks freely around mafia territory. This is the second mob series set in Chicago that Fox has tried in the last five years. It seems to be worse than the last one since the last one was at least mildly interesting. As for a cast they have a boss who likes to mess with orders, a hero that seems to not know what she's doing most of the time and loves getting into trouble, a naive mother, a brother who's stupidity got her into the position she's in, a friend who's not very loyal, a boyfriend that doesn't seem to care, and a Mafia don who's sympathy and code conflict to the point of oddness. This is one of the worst shows that had any potential to it I have ever seen.
Do I Recommend it? No, but then again someone out there might like it for some odd reason.

This show is OK I guess, I like it better than The Mob Doctor but less than Bones. It's a post-apocalyptic show about survival without electricity. Tracy Spiridakos stars as Charlotte "Charlie" Matheson, the stereotypical Buffy/Xena hybrid main character with a female to male name conversion. Her outfit appears to be a direct combo of Angelina Jolie's from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Jennifer Lawrence's from The Hunger Games. There's a serious Tomber-Games vibe from the character and the crossbow and combat gear only adds to it. Her Navy SEAL (or Green Beret or Marine, they never really explained that) uncle Miles Matheson (played by Billy Burke) has been hiding out in Chicago for who knows how long.
Here's what happened, something wiped out all electricity in the world (which is odd) and killed everything that used it. This in itself is kind of unbelievable considering that the EMP device needed to cause such a catastrophic failure would be enormous. Anyways, flash forward 15 years and it's basically become a stereotypical post-apocalyptic world, plants growing in cars, cities overrun by who knows what, people living in repaired houses and converted you name it. Bottom line is that there's a Militia that likes to go around collecting taxes and "volunteers."
Back to the cast, we've got Graham Rogers as Danny Matheson, the (again) stereotypical prisoner who's constantly getting loose (i guess) and he has asthma so he can't go very far very fast without an attack setting in. 
Then we've got Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie, the British (or Bostonian) doctor who insisted on coming with Charlotte on the journey to get to Chicago from where they started in Louisiana (or California, they never really specified and either way it would take them a LONG time to Chicago on foot)
And then there's J. D. Pardo as Nate Walker, an American Indian soldier or ex-soldier (hard to tell, he made a whole bunch of Heel Face Turns in the episode) with the Monroe Republic.
Speaking of that, David Lyons stars as Sebastian "Bass" Monroe, leader and presumed founder of said republic.

There's a lot to cover here and i don't want you guys to get bored, so i'll skip to the main part of the review:
The entire plot is contrived, it MIGHT become more interesting, but likely in the end it'll wind up like Lost and Pendragon, unsatisfying endings that were so anti-climactic that you'd prefer a fan re-write to the official version.
But then again they MIGHT not waste the potential it has and instead make for a show that ends exactly when it should. Not before, not after, at the right moment. But then again, this is coming from J.J. Abrams, the guy who produced Lost and Alcatraz, both had great potential for greatness and both were wasted, the former as the series wound down and the latter after the third episode. My point is the guy doesn't have a good track record for keeping it together (aside from Person of Interest) for any length of time. I personally am not expecting much from this show but then again it might become one of the greats. My advice is to watch it as it goes on and if it gets too stupid stop. That's my plan.

Photo's from Wikipedia.