Sons & Daughters, ABC Tuesdays
This show was over-promoted for weeks, no, MONTHS! "See the new unscripted show from the creator of SNL." Whatever. The problem with this show that is sometimes improvised is that it, well, needs a damn script!
I watched 2 full episodes of this show and not much of it worked. Sure there were a few funny lines, but there are so many freakin’ people, it’s impossible to keep them all straight. And I know the "writers" have a direction they want the actors to go in, but everything seems so forced. And when the entire cast DOES improvise, it’s painfully obvious and completely overdone. On that note, child actors trying to improvise? Kill me now!
Go ahead, watch a full hour of it tomorrow yourself and tell me what you think. There’s gotta be something better on, like the Unit (I’m getting to that show later, just assuming).
1.5 out of 5 (extra .5 for the resurrection of Wojo and the chick from Cujo)
Big Love, HBO Sundays
I know, you have to give an HBO series a few episodes before you judge, and I have seen 2, so I’m going for it here.
Big Love stars Bill Paxton as, well, Bill, a
As if that wasn’t enough stress on the man, Bill’s family from the past, a polygamist cult that lives on a compound, wants part of his business. Bill agreed to the rules of the cult, which means he gives 15% of his income back to the leader. But Bill is incorporating and trying to buy his way out. The leader of the cult is threatening Bill’s family just as Bill is about to open his superstore.
Now, as many people that are in the cast (like Sons & Daughters), the main focus is on Bill, his wives, and a few older kids (one works at a fast food joint with the ponytail girl from Napoleon Dynamite). Communication issues are tripled, but somehow Bill manages to keep order. Can he do it now that he’s being threatened by the compound?
The show is much easier to follow, and the ensuing chaos is captivating. I honestly didn’t love the first episode, but the second was much better. I’m sure the first was designed to introduce the characters and the situation, and now that it’s all out there in front of the audience, I think the show will take off. Besides, there’s nudity. I’m just sayin’!
4 out of 5
If you’ve made it this far, then you deserve to read the Random Monday CD Review. This week, it’s Mr. Bungle!