2012-2013 TV Season Pilot Reviews

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-All pilots I choose to watch (Not premieres of existing shows, NEW SHOWS)
-Both fall and mid season
-Anything from September 2012-August 2013 is fair game.

These are my impressions of the pilots only-they are not an indication of what I may think later.
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Last Resort (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Captain (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Captain Marcus Chaplin is commander of the USS Colorado, a ballistic missile submarine. He has a good crew and all are quite good at their jobs... (60 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing
Wow. That was an amazing pilot. The acting (Andre Braugher is awesome, as always) was great and the intensity was through the roof. I commend Shawn Ryan And Karl Gadjusek for being able to create such a great atmosphere on the submarine, and I would definitely like to see more of the D.C. storyline (I got a little "24" vibe from that). My main concern was that everything moved a little too fast, but I understand given it was only a one hour premiere. I have no idea where the show goes from here (that could be good/bad), but hopefully this will turn out to be a great show. ” - whifferrack
Arrow (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Billionaire playboy, Oliver Queen, has been considered dead for five years. Now, he has returned. But something, during those five years, has changed him into a mysterious green hooded archer. (42 mins.)
“ 8-great
It was an enjoyable pilot, that's for sure. The action was well done and I actually like how they tried to make it more of a darker superhero show. Amell is good, but there's not much special about him. I liked Paul Blackthorne and the rest of the supporting cast, but once again, nothing special. This show is very different from the rest of TV, however, and I look forward to seeing what their procedural and serial storylines will be like. ” - whifferrack
Revolution (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
15 years after a global shutdown of all electricity, the Matheson family are hunted by an authoritarian regime known as the Monroe Militia. (43 mins.)
“ 7.5-good
This obviously had massive expectations, coming from the Abrams/Kripke/Favreau team, and while I don't think it'll be as good as everyone thinks, it was still an enjoyable pilot. Tracy Spiridakos is a promising yet annoying actress (plus she's really attractive), and Giancarlo Esposito was magnificent as always. However, the rest of the characters seemed flat. Billy Burke was passable, but J.D. Pardo was not that great and Elizabeth Mitchell was underused. The visuals were excellent, and while the sword stuff can get cheesy, this show has massive potential. Remember Supernatural's pilot? It wasn't that great either, and look where that show is now. But, to be honest, the pilot was kind of boring. This family stuff will get old like that, and I wish the creators had the intelligence to come up with an original story. I've seen this all before. They could've explored our reliance on technology and the chaos ensuing rather than just jump forward in time. That aspect was sorely disappointing. ” - whifferrack
Nashville (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Rayna, an aging country music star, is upset when her record company asks her to tour as the opening act to a new up-and-coming singer named Juliette. (43 mins.)
“ 8.5-great
I'm surprised at how much I liked this show. Like 666 Park Avenue, the soapy elements are very fun and are definitely a necessary part of this show. Britton and Panettiere are both fantastic, and the singing isn't as annoying as I thought it would be. The supporting characters are also great, as well as the whole "Nashville" feel. This has the potential to be a hit like Revenge was. ” - whifferrack
Vegas (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While the Chicago mob sends Vincent Savino to Las Vegas to take over a casino and uncover a rat, the mayor appoints local rancher Ralph Lamb sheriff to investigate the murder of the governor's niece. (44 mins.)
“ 8-great
This is a beautifully shot, well acted, and ambitious pilot (especially for CBS). Much like "The Good Wife" and most recently "Person of Interest", this show does so much more than just the regular, boring procedural stuff. Hopefully the procedural stuff doesn't take too much away from the setup of Quaid vs Chiklis. Chiklis was fantastic (as always), and Quaid was a pretty good lead. The supporting characters were interesting as well, which is great. I can definitely see this getting boring (it's already slow paced), but I can also see it evolving into a great show. ” - whifferrack
Go On (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Ryan King, a radio sports personality, returns to work after grieving for his wife's recent death. His... (22 mins.)
“ 7-good
Matthew Perry is funny enough, and you can see that it definitely is taking pointers from Community on how to run things. However, it definitely is no Community yet. It has potential, though. ” - whifferrack
The Mindy Project (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mindy is a 30 something Ob/Gyn whose love life hits a snag after a messy break up with her long term boyfriend... (30 mins.)
“ 7-good
Mindy Kaling is kind of annoying. I found her annoying in this pilot as well. None of the other characters were memorable (I only remember Ed Helms' cameo), but there were some moments worth laughing at. ” - whifferrack
666 Park Avenue (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young couple, Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, are looking to move up the ladder in New York City and... (60 mins.)
“ 8-great
This is a fun show. It's soapy,yes, but it's the kind of guilty pleasure stuff you would watch on TV. There are only a few to none scares, but the atmosphere and just the general "feel" of it is really great. Terry O'Quinn is great, and the leads are surprisingly watchable. There are a little too many storylines, but the pilot set up what is going to be an enjoyable, although quite stupid, series. ” - whifferrack
Elementary (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Sherlock Holmes, fresh out of rehab, is teamed with a sobriety partner, a former surgeon named Watson. They have to learn to work together even as they tackle their first case, the mysterious death of a doctor's wife. (60 mins.)
“ 7.5-good
It's an enjoyable enough series, and while it's obviously nowhere near the level of "Sherlock", I liked the overall vibe I got from it. Jonny Lee Miller was good as Holmes and Liu, while not making much of an impression yet, was okay but definitely interesting as Watson. The format, I'm sure, will get boring. However, I'm interested to see how they'll integrate the mythology. ” - whifferrack
Ben and Kate (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When they were orphaned, goofy rascal Ben Fox broke away from his uptight sister Kate, who became a single but devoted mother to Maddie... (22 mins.)
“ 7.5-good
This is definitely a promising show. The lead is remarkably similar to Zooey Deschanel and her quirky style. Ben gets annoying, but I laughed enough during this to make me hang around a little more. ” - whifferrack
Animal Practice (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
"Animal Practice" is a new comedy centering on Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk), a top veterinarian... (22 mins.)
“ 7.5-good
I love the monkey. It's awesome. I don't see why everyone hates this so much, but it was an enjoyable half hour. It's not a show I think will be consistently good, but Kirk does a good job here in the pilot. ” - whifferrack
The Mob Doctor (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Surgical resident Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) juggles her promising medical career with a secret deal to offer her medical services to a mob boss in order to save her ne'er-do-well younger brother's life. (60 mins.)
“ 7.5-good
Let me just say, this show is a mess. It really has no idea what it wants to be. The mob stuff is intercut awkwardly with the medical stuff, and the medical stuff is bland and unnecessary. There were some things to like, though. William Forsythe was excellent, and Jordana Spiro is a potentially good character. However, Zeljko Ivanek was wayy underused. I don't hate it as much as the critics, but it needs to find a way to make everything run smoothly. ” - whifferrack
The New Normal (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Spoiled-rotten Angelino gay 'queen' Bryan Collins's latest 'must have' infatuation is a tall order, but nothing is cuter then a baby... (30 mins.)
“ 6-ok
The lack of laughs was definitely a disappointment, and it tries a little too hard to be heartwarming/sweet IMO. I like Justin Bartha, but the lead seems a little flat. There were some seriously painful stretches to sit through in this pilot, and I'm not sure it can improve. ” - whifferrack
Beauty and the Beast (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When she was a teenager, Catherine "Cat" Chandler witnessed the murder of her mother. Cat would have been killed too, but someone - or something - saved her. (60 mins.)
The Neighbors (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Soon after arriving in their new home, the Weavers discover all of their neighbors are from a distant planet called Zabvron. (30 mins.)
“ 2-Disaster
I don't know how this made it to TV. That's all I'll say. ” - whifferrack
The Following (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before... (43 mins.)
Cult (2013 TV Series)
Episode: You're Next (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When investigative reporter Jeff Sefton's (MATT DAVIS) brother disappears, Jeff uncover the dark underworld of the TV show "Cult" and its rabid fans - in the series premiere. (60 mins.)
The Goodwin Games (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Let the games begin! (30 mins.)
Zero Hour (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Strike (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Hank Galliston's wife, Leila, is abducted by an international terrorist. (60 mins.)
Hannibal (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Apéritif (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer... (44 mins.)
Next Caller (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ CANCELLED ” - whifferrack
Chicago Fire (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Members of the Chicago Firehouse 51 are shaken after the loss of firefighter Andy Darden. Truck leader... (43 mins.)
Brickleberry (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Welcome to Brickleberry (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Steve is threatened when Ethel, a new ranger, comes to town. Malloy gets put on a diet. (22 mins.)
Banshee (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After completing his 15 year prison sentence, an ex-con tracks down his former partner, now known as Carrie Hopewell... (60 mins.)
Hunted (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Mort (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sam Hunter,an agent for private security firm Byzantium,is left for dead during an operation in Tangiers... (59 mins.)
The Americans (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Pilot (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings are two seemingly normal Americans who are really undercover KGB agents. After kidnapping a Soviet defector they discover their new neighbor is an FBI agent assigned to their case. (44 mins.)
“ 9.5-amazing

This was wonderful. All the actors are top notch, and the intensity is off the charts. ” - whifferrack
Rectify (2013 TV Series)
Episode: Always There (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After 19 years on Georgia's death row, DNA evidence gets Daniel Holden released. He's survived by reading... (60 mins.)
Ray Donovan (2013 TV Series)
Episode: The Bag or the Bat (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Raymond's day begins with a call from a guy who just woke up in bed with a corpse. Then he pays a visit to an old contact after a client requests him to spy on that contact. Meanwhile, he learns his father just got out of prison. (60 mins.)