Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ooo, Look, Over There!


I think David Mamet is trying to distract his viewers with something shiny.

The Unit is a perfectly serviceable but not terribly good military television drama. Mamet has been bluntly honest about his reasons for deciding to do a TV show, specifically on a regular network, and those reasons are all financial so I don't expect much of it but a good cast. One hopes these talented folks are being compensated well with plum roles in properly written plays or the like.

This season, though, have you seen Dennis Haysbert? I've always acknowledged him as an attractive man but not one who necessarily pimples my goose, as it were. Well, this year he seems to be all shoulders and a chrome dome so sparkly my palms itch to touch it. Every time he comes on screen I completely lose the thread of the marginal plot.

I couldn't in good conscience recommend you watch the show but, if you're into that sort of thing, give yourself a thrill and fast forward through it with the sound off. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area, you may need to take deep, cleansing breaths.

2 comments:

  1. And the VOICE! Mmmmmmm!

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  2. gerry rosser11:46 AM

    I tend to watch this pot boiler of a show. I would have left out the soap-opera infidelities and whatnot, but no TV show, however high-concept and well written and acted, ever seems to avoid these pitiful subplots involving sex, drugs, alcoholism, or other crap (including but not limited to having episodes where our cops, lawyers, doctors, soldiers, or whatever have a case which involves someone close to them).
    Television by committee and focus group, no doubt.

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