Quick Notes on Some Recent Pilots Sept 26, 2010 20:48:20 GMT -5
Post by Eddie Love on Sept 26, 2010 20:48:20 GMT -5
Okay, just for you I watched the second episode of Nikita.
I'm still not sold, and prolly won't watch episode three. Sure, Maggie Q is great (and is hella sexy; I'll even go so far as to say that Lyndsey Fonseca is also pretty cute, albeit in that Causcasin Wankery Network Cookie Cutter way)...but Division still seems like a cardboard tiger, Shane West is thoroughly wooden as Michael (if you follow my principle that a character is only as good as his/her villian....well, then Nikita is a pretty poor character), that whiff of Dollhouse is blossoming thanks to that character Birkoff, I find the action sequences well, not very action-y, the characterization is piss-poor (dragging out yet another 'I was molested by my dad' shorthand trope to get us to sympathise with Alex)....
And another, potentially killshot-like, problem is that Nikita doesn't struggle to overcome anything. Every single complication is solved within a matter of minutes, and she has everything in hand in every scene. It's no fun watching a hero who isn't challenged by anything...
Yeeeeah, it looks like I'm gonna keep up with NIKITA. Maggie Q is just too mesmerizing and a really good actress -- I love her voice, she sounds like Catherine Keener. Plus Xander Berkeley as the bad guy is clearly having a blast. I really like the production design -- especially in the second episode -- the way they lit Nikita's lair and Berkeley's office were just marvelous. That episode also had some very well acted scenes between the female leads. Perhaps these stood out as the actors were in the same room; there's a lot of confrontations over the phone or plotting via the Internet. (But, I think they spelled out that the back-story on the girl is her parents were killed, not that she was molested.)
I've so far enjoyed it, even though I'm not a huge fan of the teen element of the show, but one does have to marvel at the clear business rationale for its inclusion. They want to lure in the erstwhile 24 crowd (hence Berkeley) and maybe CHUCK's loyal base (same producers), but are afraid of entirely cutting out the CW's core demographic.
Also on the spy-TV front UNDERCOVERS, the pilot of which was more cutesy than cute. I'll see where this goes as, apart from the breathtaking female lead, I'm not sold yet. It opened with a very good action scene. But otherwise the look was very dark, yet they were trying to go for a light-hearted tone and it hasn't quite worked yet.