This is one of the best shows of the year and I Give it an A.
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This is one of the best shows of the year and I Give it an A.
Anyway, Dennis Quaid makes his first TV regular gig as no-nonsense Sheriff Ralph Lamb based on the real life sheriff in Vegas in the 1960s-1970s. As he wants to clean up Vegas and deputizes two men, including his own son.
A great antagonist is "The Shield's" Michael Chiklis as Savino. Who comes from Chicago to Vegas to run a mob run casino. As both characters collide as they try to outwit one another week in and week out.
Lamb always outsmarts Savino but Savino is down but definitely not out regardless. Great writing and acting. As Quaid settles down in a regular TV gig. Chiklis an old TV pro, is nasty in a good kind of way as the main antagonist.
If anyone is interested in old Las Vegas and how it was, I also recommend watching DESERT BLOOM with JoBeth Williams and Jon Voigt. The emergency drill scene in this movie made my mom cry because she remembered doing the sane drills growing up here.
Michael Chiklis was also outstanding as the new Mob Boss in town. He's not over-the-top evil like his former rogue cop persona on The Shield. He will do well in this role as the series progresses. It also helps that they have that glitzy Vegas strip background to provide extra eye candy.
The key to a good TV show is making you want to come back the next week and see what happens, and CBS has that with Vegas. I also like seeing the good guys ultimately win, and apparently so do others. CBS seems to have found that formula with shows like this, Hawaii Five-O, and Blue Bloods.
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Lovely cars throughout, but a good many were from 1962 and 1963.
Who in the hell was the killer? I saw someone behind the wheel of that blue Cadillac, after Sheriff Quaid faced him down in some strange arrangement of confrontation, but damned if I could make out who it was. There was some revelation a scene earlier, but I wasn't fast enough to catch it. I'm embarrassed to say I'd somehow lost track as the mystery was cunningly laid out.
Who is that Carrie Ann Moss character, looks like a future love interest? One minute the cold establishment enemy and the next laughing with knowing, flirtatious respect. Mob Boss Michael Chiklis has no personality beyond being threatening, or at other times toughly sympathetic. The sheriff's youngest son looks like a wild loose cannon, irresponsible but there when he's needed. Everyone else seems to be holding off till next week or ones beyond, when we learn the cliché they fill.
What a friggin' BOMB! Stupid, phony and inept. Exactly which makers of "Goodfellas" etc. were behind this new dimension of television crime entertainment? It is a gangster show that has no swearing, and no violence beyond what you might've seen in "Murder, She Wrote."
1. Photography is just awful, compare to Breaking Bad in the desert or Mad Men setting up in the 1960's 2. What year is this anyway 1960, 1963???? What period in Las Vegas History 3. Sets are so cheap looking.
4. Script is so thin I knew who did it in the first 10 minutes 5. The only thing going for it are the the 3 Class A people staring in it, but they can only do what is presented to them.
I will DVR it and see how it comes along. Maybe well Maybe it will get rolling. I just hope they clean up the horrific casino shots. UGH.
The writing is terrible, stilted and predictable. The plot is another recycled, hackneyed, Hollywood misfire. I have no idea whom would would watch this show. When you think of the heights TV can scale with The Wire, OZ, Deadwood, The Shield etc, one wonders how a network would put on such a substandard show.
If all the above wasn't bad enough, the art director should be banned from the business. Numerous items, especially the cars date from well after the 1960 setting. I say it is gone by Halloween.
A hat is not just apparel in the West, it says who you are, what you do and where you are from, so I would expect these fellows to all wear the same style hat. I like the show, but it is distracting in this era of authenticity to see such a mistake in what you call "wardrobe," but I call "gear!" Perhaps it is time to engage an expert on Western customs.
I understand the show is placed in early 1960s.
There is a scene where Dennis Quaid brushes the char to read the VIN number located in the left driver side window. This action would not be appropriate or possible for pre-1968 vehicles. The VIN number would be located in the driver side door frame, glove boxes, under the dashboard, on firewalls and other locations.
The engine block casting numbers were often used in place of the VIN numbers.
Then you have the brother and son walking around, asking suspects questions etc., what experience and authority do they have? Has anyone ever heard of the U.S. Constitution that even existed in 1960? It's like I'm watching Walking Tall meets Walker-Texas Ranger. I would say the only difference between these characters and the thugs is that these characters have a badge but I don't even remember seeing any of them wearing one. Maybe it would've worked better had the series been set in 1860 instead when the west was lawless in many of the territories, no ACLU to worry about.
There's just too many Hollywood clichés. I had expected far better from Dennis Quaid. I told the wife I would give it one more episode but I don't expect any improvements nor this show to last.
Instead what we get is something lamer than "The Dukes of Hazard" (the show, not the recent movie), where sheriff Lamb (Quaid)and his cohorts (all "good simple rural folk" like the Dukes) have run ins with the evil corrupt mafia types. Savino (Chicklis) is the Boss Hogg character. Sneaky big city ways are outwitted by traditional values, mob enforcers are punched out by the cowpunch sheriff, bad guys in fancy suits fall in the mud or cow dung . . . I could go on, but I want to break the TV just thinking about how woeful episode 1 was.
It is lamer than DoH because there is no General E Lee car or stunts, and there is no Daisy in a pair of Daisy Dukes.
Don't watch this. Ever.
Michael Chiklis plays one of those mob guys, his character being from the Chicago mob. Chiklis was the star of The Shield which is probably the best TV show of all time. While he was decent on No Ordinary Family this role as a mafia guy is a lot more fun to see Chiklis work with.
Also Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix plays an Assistant District Attorney.
Just an overall quality show from top to bottom with a lot of good stories whether if they're episodic story lines or the more serial story lines on the show.
Dennis Quaid is his laconic, smirky self in his role as the R/S given the sheriff's job of solving a murder that turns into another murder, etc., etc., on and on, all done by the mob or related types, of course. The main casino mobster is the sheriff's primary antagonist and is played by Michael Chiklis of The Shield fame. Dishy female ADA, mobster daughter, and mobster wife are also featured, of course, two of whom will obviously find love with the rancher and his brother in the end, but the wife will not. Also watch for that.
Not a sophisticated series, with a too predictable formula and too much overt violence along with numerous detail errors, but it is a good showcase with great LV strip production values done by Quaid and Chiklis as the two producers and actors who well know what network TV audiences want to see today.