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Bad magic, bad writing, and bad direction make this one bad show! (and I don't mean good).
LarryBrownHouston from Houston
4 February 2008
Larry-view: This is the weakest episode yet, watching them in order.
The title "Man on Fire," seems to have nothing to do with the plot as
there is no fire. Underutilization of the series' gimmicks reduces the
flash factor: zero footage of the plane, zero of the car phone, and
very little magic. Worse, most of the magic in this episode is
performed by a nerd trainee of Tony's who even Tony admits has no
talent. Worst of all? Mark Wilson and the writer murder Wilson's
signature trick, the tried and true silk to egg. In the normal
presentation of this trick the audience is supposedly shown how it is
done and are then shocked to find they have been duped. However in this
case Wilson doesn't bother to explain to the audience that it's done
with a fake egg, so they have no reason to believe otherwise. Then
there is no shock value when the egg is revealed to be real, because
they assumed it was real all along. The presentation here only works if
you have seen this trick before and know the egg is not real, but if
you know that, then you already know the whole trick so the entire
thing is pointless. On top of all that, the writer further murders it
by making it seem as though the trick was bungled when the egg is
broken, even though that is the climax of the trick and the nerd
magician obviously intended to break the egg and show the audience it
was real. This portion of the episode was badly mangled and must have
been the product of a dysfunctional team with the writer fighting
Wilson, or Wilson not there, or the writer's union refusing to allow
Wilson to work with the writer.
So far none of the episodes have had much humor, but the little bit
featured in previous episodes really helped spice up the show. This one
has none. Similar to previous episodes, however, is the convoluted plot
that is implausible and poorly motivated and explained.
Finally at the climax we get a self-indulgent director who is trying to
double dip his time by filming an architectural documentary of the
admittedly fabulous mission. We get endless long shots of every level
from a variety of interesting angles. That's fine, but only draws more
attention to the lack of dramatic content provided by the anemic story.
To draw the camera through the levels, the girl plays hide-and-seek
with Tony for no discernible reason.
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