Trying Something New

I simply wasn’t watching enough television. So, of course, I had to start watching 3 other pilots. Well, 2 actually. I have already finished the 10 episodes of “Good Behavior”. And I have written and published an extremely long review that you can find here.

Anyway, I wanted to do this properly… Start in September (what I love to call “Pilot Season”) and review a lot of new tv shows. But I was dealing with life (ew), so I couldn’t do it!

But yesterday I was like: “Let’s watch some new stuff!”.


Impostors

Through “This is Us”‘s twitter account, I found this new show “Impostors” about a con artist that tricks men into marrying her and then robs them of everything they own.

mv5bmtczmja4odi4nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwnjgxnduymti-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_If you’re expecting an intense drama, this is not it. They say it’s a rom-com, but frankly, it’s just strange.

I’ve never watched a series by BRAVO, so I was really curious to see what they are choosing to broadcast. Rob Heaps plays Ezra Bloom (who looks similar to his namesake on Pretty Little Liars, Ezra Fitz. If you know what I mean…) and his character is married to beautiful Belgian Eva (played by Inbar Lavi).

She turns out to be a con artist with a history of robbing her husbands. After the first couple of minutes, I already had the feeling something bad was going to happen. I knew basically nothing about the show. It reminded me of the movie “The Best Offer“.

There were some REALLY predictable things, like the anklet bracelet Eva didn’t take off after running away and changing her appearance. Also, out of the blue, a guy appears at Ezra’s doorstep claiming to be Eva’s (or as he knows her “Alice”) husband.

And he didn’t make a good impression. I didn’t like the acting or the character’s personality and the stupid and useless banter he gets into with Ezra.

And then there’s Ezra assistant… “I have an idea… What if we get totally hammered?” Oh, honey… I get that you want to sleep with him. Just don’t make it so obvious. Also, Ezra, are you REALLY sleeping with another woman and basically asking her to pretend to be your wife? That is messed up.

And do I even have to mention Ezra saying: “facial recognition software.” Really?! Really?! Come on. Who are you, the FBI?  *eye roll*

One thing that I absolutely loved, was the german tutorial on how to tie a rope to kill yourself. That was fun.

Overall: 6.5/10


The Catch

Shonda Rhimes is probably the Queen of ABC’s Thursday night TV schedule. With Grey’s Anatomy going relatively (very relatively) strong into its 13th season, “Scandal” with its 6th season (I stopped watching after mid-season 4) and “How To Get Away With Murder”‘s shocking revelations (watched 20 minutes of the pilot. I was bored.), she is very popular.

“The Catch” is her newest project. Despite only being involved in the production aspects of it, this show took Scandal’s place when it went on hiatus.

mv5bmmzlyzm2zjutyjy1nc00mduzlthimjgtzwnkzgzhymqzzdvlxkeyxkfqcgdeqxvymjg0mjg1mdm-_v1_sy1000_sx750_al_Coincidentally, this show is similar to “Impostors”.

The main character Alice Vaughan is the victim of fraud by her fiancé and she is determined to find him.

When I chose these shows, I really had no idea they were so similar. Well, it could be interesting to see the two different ways a similar plot can be executed.

Right from the first scene, it reminded me of White Collar, with a less attractive main character. Sorry, but Matt Bomer is insuperable.

Mireille Enos (Alice) had a familiar face, but I couldn’t remember why! Aside from the fact that she reminds me of Abby from Scandal, she was in Gangster Squad, a brilliant movie with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin.

She is like a white, red-haired Olivia Pope with less amazing outfits and no white coats.

Moreover, they put a Pitbull song as part of the soundtrack. No. No. And no. I also wasn’t a fan of the editing: there were too many split screens, a lot of editing and images overlapping and especially at the beginning, everything happened too quickly. And let’s not mention the over dramatization of the entire thing. 🙄🙄

BUT, I loved how diverse and multi-racial the cast was! Finally!

Also, there’s a guy called Seth Hamilton in the episode and every time they mentioned him, I kept thinking of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical! And for minutes after that, I kept singing in my head: “I am not throwing away my shot! Hey, yo I’m just like my country I’m young scrappy and hungry…” I have been obsessed for months.

Not bad, but…. meh.

Overall: 7/10


The thing about watching these show is that I want to know what’s going to happen! If the show is really really bad, in a blink of an eye it’s gone. I won’t even remember it.

But if it’s watchable or had flaws that can be easily ignored but I wouldn’t spend my time watching it, I still have the feeling of incompleteness! And it bothers me!

Concluding this quick review, I don’t think I’ll be watching these shows. And if I do it’ll be because I’m desperate and I’m tired of watching re-runs of other shows.

Let me know if you’ve seen these shows or if you have something to recommend me.

Georgia    🙂

 

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