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With the addition of In Plain Sight, it's official...the summer cable
shows like The Closer, Saving Grace, Burn Notice and Damages are so
much better than anything the major networks have to offer during the
"regular" season. Love the chemistry between Mary and Marshall. Love
the quick quips and the realistic dialog. And the addition of a fine
looking black detective with the unlikely name of Dershowitz for Mary
to butt heads and crack wise with is pure gold.
I do agree that the mother and sister are best in small doses, but they do provide a nice slightly off-balance counterpoint to the thoroughly professional handle Mary has on her work life. One line describes the relationship beautifully: in replying to her n'er-do-well sister's question about why Mary won't just get rid of her defective car, she says "because, like my family, I love it a little more than I want to kill it." The people she's protecting have been getting better and better with each successive show. The most recent, David Foley, was a real hoot as an assassin's middleman.
All in all, I don't care if it's not exactly as law enforcement would do it. I'm not looking for authenticity in a summer show. I'm looking for fun, and In Plain Sight has it in spades.
I'm not really a fan of TV crime shows, but new series always give me
the chance of experiencing some fresh air - so I check them out. In
this case, I was glad I did. The pilot started off slow, but after
about 30 minutes (it was 90 minutes total w/commercials), it actually
became interesting and stayed that way to the end. Subsequent episodes
have kept up the momentum.
One novel aspect of the show is that its about a lady marshal in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She's in charge of people in the "witness protection program" who have been assigned to her area. She cautions and reassures them that since 1970 (when the witness program started), "No one who has followed the rules has ever been harmed." Powerful words.
Can they comply? When things go wrong, can she protect them? How can she keep their identities safe - even from the local police?
Aside from the setup, the show is ultimately interesting because she's fun to watch. She's sassy, witty, playful, smart, responsible ... and physically tough. I recommend watching an episode; if the lead character grabs your interest, then you're likely to enjoy the show.
This is one of those shows that if given enough time will develop a loyal following. I have watched 5 episodes so far. I talked my girlfriend into sitting down for the pilot and she was hooked. Mary McCormack does an excellent job of showing a flawed character struggling with a dysfunctional family and the evils of her job(protecting and hiding criminals in Witness Protection). Fred Weller is excellent as her laconic partner. Paul Ben-Victor is dead on as the not-quite-aware section chief of the U.S. Marshall's Service. The shows are well-crafted and allow Ms. McCormack ample opportunity to zing her co-stars with great one-liners. The developing back-stories on her family show great promise. Lesley Anne Warren is an over the top version of the mother no one wants to claim as their own. She's a hard-drinking "good-time" girl who likes men, a LOT. Nichole Hiltz is her sexy, ditzy sister who is attracted to trouble. The cast is a lot of fun to watch and I am going to be rooting for them to be renewed for a second season.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this show. Our comment was that it
looks like Hollywood people actually can write. We prefer character
driven shows and the characters are great. There is whimsy and great
The plot was complex but only because more than one story overlapped and the pilot should probably have been 2 hours instead of 90 minutes to help develop some of the themes and the characters, but there was no problem in following what was happening.
I hope the relationship between Mary and Raphael develops. She obviously wants more but sees herself as either not capable of such a relationship or because her job won't let her have a solid relationship.
But will she develop a relationship with detective Dershowitz? That would be interesting.
We look forward to the next episode.
After I lifetime in law enforcement, I don't like cop shows. The vast
majority of them take themselves waaaay too seriously, and Hollywood
displays very little understanding of how cops and police departments
work. Oh, they have their technical advisors who show them how cops do
tactical stuff, and they do manage to get that stuff mostly right, but
it's the day to day stuff that they screw up. For example, how many
times have shows depicted a detective leaving some major department and
going to another city and immediately becoming a detective? Sorry
folks, it just doesn't work that way. I don't care if you have a gold
shield in the Big Apple, it you move to another state, you're going to
go through the entire testing process all over again, go through
another academy, and start out as a junior patrol cop working a beat.
So I don't like cop shows. Except.....
Mary Shannon has to be the most irascible, sarcastic, cynical, wry, blunt pretend LEO to ever pin on a TV badge. I love every minute she and Marshall are on the screen. Whoever writes for the show, especially the dialogue, is a genius. Practically every other line Mary utters is something that I wish I had thought of. At the same time, I identify with both her partner Marshall, and her supervisor Stan. Mary is the sort of partner and subordinate that you love to work with while simultaneously dreading whatever they're going to do next.
The show is hardly a model of realism, but I've given up on Hollywood ever getting that right. I watch the show because I want to see Mary cause Stan to pull out the rest of his hair, to hear her lay into some pompous FBI agent, to tell some protectee or family member just what an idiot they are, or to cause Marshall to go off on some existential tangent. You go girl!!
Although it's hard to decide the future of this show based on its pilot, I would assume that this show will do well on USA. While it's not quite as good as the advertisements led it to be, I enjoyed the first episode and the characters it developed. As others have mentioned, I hope that it does not end up focused around solving murders, but rather the families the Marshalls need to hide. Mary is a refreshingly sarcastic woman with great one-liners and an over-all amusing personality. There is a great juggle between local crimes, witness protection, and personal affairs. Hopefully the rest of the episodes will live up to the standards the pilot has set.
This smart, funny, and sexy new show is basically SAVING GRACE starring Mary McCormack instead of Holly Hunter, and this show is all Mary McCormack. Everything else is formulaic, not necessarily a bad thing, but, if you watch a lot of TV, you'll pretty much go, "yeah, OK." Again, that's not a bad thing. You watch TV to be entertained. IN PLAIN SIGHT is definitely entertaining and Mary McCormack is perfect for this part. She makes it all work. Not only a woman with a strong personality, but a woman who competes with men in a man's world and kicks butt in the process. OK, her personal life sucks but, you already guessed that, didn't you? It's OK. Trust me. Mary McCormack makes it all work and makes it all worthwhile. After watching the first episode, I figure future episodes won't be hard to write because Mary is a to-die-for character for anyone who writes for TV. Witty. sarcastic, and dead pan. YUM!
Please don't be like the networks that cancel a show after a couple of episodes. I feel that In Plain Sight keeps getting better. Give it a chance! I'm no great fan of Psych or Burn Notice but I keep watching. Some episodes I like...Some episodes I don't like. And for all of you Monk fans out there...Did you pay attention to who wrote the theme song for In Plain Sight? Jeff Beal! Credit watchers unite! In fact I came to IMDb to find out who played Horst (David Foley) in one episode of In Plain Sight. It took until that episode for the show to hook me and it was the 4th episode, I think. I'm a big time fan of Monk and not all Monk episodes are great. In Plain Sight has potential so please don't write it off too soon.
Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) is a U.S. Marshal who spends her time
relocating and working with federal witnesses in the witness protection
program. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary works with her partner
Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller). She is a tough fast-talking agent who
won't back down, but her family life is a mess. Her father is a
criminal. Her overly dependent mother Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren), and
younger sister Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) are even more of a mess.
Mary McCormack is amazing and has great platonic chemistry with Frederick Weller. It's a simple, fun cop procedural and everything works. The dysfunctional family and love life are all great.
This is a great show, despite being predictable now and again. I love
the characters and I love the soundtrack. Both Mary and Marshall are
complicated and interesting people. Mary's family is as crazy as any
family can be, but as the saying goes, every crazy family is crazy in
it's own way. I wish we knew more about Marshall's life because he's
easily one of the most interesting men on television, despite having no
personal life whatsoever. He's well read and wry and very patient and
insightful. Only drawback: I miss Robert Dershowitz!
My husband and I blew a rainy Saturday watching one episode after the next on Netflix. As rainy Saturdays go, it was a good one.
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