I didn't watch last season so I thought I'd give this a try and see what the hype was about. It was entertaining enough with all the plot twists, but I wasn't overwhelmed. I'll watch a few more episodes and see.
I never saw the film, but always meant to so I was intrigued about its being adapted for television. I enjoyed the episode although I did find it a bit "gabby", particularly during the flashback of the first 20 minutes or so. I was stoked to see Hill Harper (from CSI: NY) return to television. Hopefully, he'll have a bigger role in future episodes. They got a few minor things wrong (just stuff I noticed given my own experience), but they didn't detract from the story at all. I'll certainly be watching some more.
I think Bradley Cooper will be making additional appearances because he's Exec Producer. As for the "drugs are cool" message you feel is being sent, consider the down side: its effect engenders competition that, taken to extremes, can lead to homicide, akin to dealers protecting their turf.
I like the changes in the team brought about by the addition of Plame and Sonja. I think they're gonna be good contributions, and foils, to/for the others on team. I can't help but notice that the writers seem to have introduced, or at least hinted at. some new backstory arcs without offering resolution, or at least some continuity, to the current arcs. What happened to the storm of terror that ended last season's final episode? Where's Sasha and is she indeed sleeping with Weber's character, or is it someone else? Now we have a separatist movement that may or may not be dissolved, a price on Pride's head, and a mystery character photoshopping Brody into pics of her late twin sister's activities. It all seems like too much to take in and keep track of throughout the season.
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"There's normally quite a few hurdles that are thrown Team Scorpion's way during a case, and sometimes those hurdles can get a bit ridiculous." I agree. This show's modus operandi seems to be to ratchet up the tension and create as many obstacles as possible until the only way out is something completely unrealistic and over-the-top (pun intended for this ep). I know, I know...suspension of disbelief required, but how long before we start rolling our eyes during every episode? As for Waige, I don't object, but I'd prefer it take a back seat to "Quintis." Romantic tension between two leads has been done to death--I think the more interesting twist is to feature it among two secondary characters. This show features an unconventional set of characters--why not an unconventional, less orthodox approach to a showmance?
BTW...very glad to see that this show is getting reviewed again. There were no reviews for the last 2-3 episodes of last season so I though the site had "dropped" the show.
This doesn't bode well. The only thing I did like was Amy finally standing up for herself and giving Sheldon a whole lot to think about. Oh...and Laurie Metcalf...can't forget Laurie Metcalf...who I hope makes more appearances.
"Penny needs some hair extensions, the short hair still isn't working for me." Seriously? Still? Let it go already!!!
I agree. Didn't CBS plug this as an "explosive" premiere episode? I barely remember any firecrackers going off. :-) That said, it was kind of interesting in that the case of the week really wasn't a case of the week--no danger to the country involved. Poor Callan was whoring himself to Kirkin just to find Arkaty and ultimately his father--I get his motivation, but the means to that end seemed kinda poignantly sad to me. The interesting twist was that Kirkin intended to "use" or perhaps "sell" Callan since he was a Fed, but that got scotched when the team captured Kirkin. So now Callan has a list of Kirkin's contacts (presumably as coaxed out of Kirkin, though we don't know in exchange for what, if anything) with orders not to use them without informing Hetty first. Yeah...that'll happen...NOT. :-)
Cancellation of The McCarthys doesn't surprise me. Hope it means Laurie Metcalf will make more appearances as Sheldon's mother on TBBT.
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