Matthew Gilardi discusses the difficulties of convincing the Fishers to sell to Kroehner's with his superior Mitzi Dalton Huntley while golfing, and one of the balls hits Tracy Montrose ... See full summary »
Sean McNamara and Christian Troy are two plastic surgeons running a partnership in Miami, Florida with different issues to life. Sean is a wishy-washy, weak-kneed, family man who distances ... See full summary »
"My So-Called Life" is a realistic mid-nineties teen drama series that takes a look at a 15 year-old girl and her trials and tribulations with being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school.
Matthew Gilardi discusses the difficulties of convincing the Fishers to sell to Kroehner's with his superior Mitzi Dalton Huntley while golfing, and one of the balls hits Tracy Montrose Blair's aunt Lillian Grace Montrose. Tracy is her usual difficult self while refusing to sign the Fishers' service contract, changing her mind completely about what kind of service to have, and being finicky over the only coffin available of the chosen kind, but shows a different side of herself when revealing why she's so devoted to keeping this funeral perfect. Claire is unaware that Gabe robs a convenience store, but still fears for him when she dreams that her father predicts his life won't last much longer. Father Jack is reprimanded for presiding over a lesbian marriage, and when the deacons get to an argument over this David is forced to voice his opinion as a tie-breaking vote, so his secret is revealed and he is dismissed quietly in order to keep Fr. Jack there. Ruth and Hiram decide their ... Written by
Marc Foster, Jr. was the only casualty (aside from protagonists) to be "seen" in more than one episode after his death (he'd died the episode before, but David gets a message from him here). See more »
Season 1: Has moments of weakness in plotting and platitudes but is heartfelt and engaging
It has been many years since I last watched Six Feet Under, indeed the last episode I saw was the last episode of the final season. Having wept like a child at that episode and had the show very dear in my memory, there was a certain reluctance to return to a show that I watched as a younger man and also remembered as being perfect. I overcame this and returned to the first season recently and at first there was an odd feeling of it being recognisable but not really the show I remember. The first few episodes took a minute to grow on me as I rediscovered the characters and reorientated myself to the Fisher home, where ghosts mix with real people and the characters develop in ways which include comedic flower arrangers and rough male prostitutes. The pilot didn't really help this process since it was a little different from the rest of the show and did some things that weren't continued.
It didn't take too long though since the characters are engaging and I was moved in the long haul, with the season finale being satisfying poignant and difficult; it is the show I remember. This is not to say that time hasn't forgiven it some things in my memory though, because it has benefited from this. At times here it can be a little cloying, a little obvious in its sentiment and not as dark hearted and smart as I remember not that often, but just the few times in the season there were scenes or dialogue that disappointed me by how obvious or platitudinal they were. Likewise some of the plotting was a bit weaker than I remember the ecstasy in the aspirin jar being one such example. Again though, this is the exception but the rule was that all the characters are flawed in many ways but yet still growing in their own ways. In some cases this is not a positive thing for the character but whether it is or isn't it is still engaging and genuine.
The word genuine seems odd to use in regards this season, likewise the word "real" since so much of the show involves the dead and also situations that I can't relate to but that seem hyper-real in the telling, but yet still work. So Claire's growing pains and her attraction to Gabe is an extreme example, but ultimately she is recognisable as someone going through something familiar, even if it is only familiar at the base. This is the same of many of the characters; they feel real within the construct of this show and, since the construct is so engaging, the characters are equally engaging and feel real.
The cast helps although again there was the difficulty for me to be able to see them over a decade down the road. Krause leads the cast and has an otherworldly air to his character that can be a little off but works in the context of the show. Hall is more grounded and has a more engaging battle, making for a strong character with a lot of demons. Conroy is a delight from start to finish; bottled up and nervous about her own feelings she is convincing and wonderful. Ambrose is more than just a stroppy teen, even though that is essentially her character she delivers self-importance and pretension while also being likable. Rodriguez is energetic and likable, Griffiths is odd but sells it while Sisto is quite frightening in his delivery.
The first season of Six Feet Under contains weaknesses and moments of platitudes and convenience but they are only moments, rarely more than that. The majority of the season is engaging, moving and convinces within the context of the world it creates. It took me a minute to get back into the rhythm of it, but once there this was as strong as I remember it to have been.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?