Monday, September 20, 2010

Come Monday...NBC's Outlaw

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

My wife and I watched the premier of [Outlaw] on [NBC], and it left us both with a, “Well…” Not that it was a bad show—quite to the contrary, actually, but as [Charlton Heston’s] character in [True Lies] might say, “It just didn’t blow our skirts up.” (Yeah, I guess you would’ve had to have been there.)

Anyway, the show signals the return of [Jimmy Smits] to NBC, and I am afraid that it will go about as well as [Cane] did for him a few years back. For Cane only lasted for the modern equivalent of one full season of thirteen episodes, and this was on [USA].

Maybe he just keeps getting hooked up with the wrong directors and writers? For after a brilliant run on [NYPD Blue], nothing he has done on television has lasted very long.

Yes, it could be argued that his work on [The West Wing] lasted quite a while. After all, he had a part in 35 episodes, and he was the main character in a great many of them. On the other hand, the show came to an end when it was his turn to take over for [Martin Sheen].

I suppose the problem that I have with much of Jimmy Smits’ acting is that it often looks like he is acting. For I have a hard time viewing him as actually being the character he is portraying.

As in regards to Outlaw not impressing us as much as we had hoped, it might be because of trying to cover too much ground in a single episode. For they went from showing Garza (Smits’ character) as being a fairly free-spirited gambler to resigning from the [United States Supreme Court] because of both political and moral pressure to starting a crusade to right the wrongs that have been ignored (and even supported) by the judicial system. Hey, just the circumstances surrounding his resignation could be enough for at least several episodes, but they may be planning on using this to keep us coming back.

So, if you saw it, what did you think? Am I just being too particular over nothing or does this show really not have what it takes to help break our addiction to reality shows?

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  1. I didn't see the show but I used to be a big fan of NYPD Blue and I have to agree with you about Jimmy Smits.

  2. Hi FishHawk. :) This is just a side note, your post reminds me of an issue we have in Norway. We always get tv shows years after they've aired in US, its kind of irritating. But sometimes I find it as a plus. Take Firefly for instance, it never came to us because it was halted in US. If it were aired at the same time in Norway I would be devastated if it was taken out. Later though I bought the episodes of Firefly and loved it, and I can't find any logic reason why it was stopped.

    Just a thought. :) Please forgive me if I was way off topic.

  3. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! It's been a while since I've seen any NYPD Blue episodes, but if I remember right, he was a lot better back then. Of course, I focused most of my attention upon what Kim Delaney, Jacqueline Obradors, Charlotte Ross, Gail O'Grady, Justine Miceli, Amy Brenneman, Bonnie Somerville, Sherry Stringfield, Chandra West, Sherri Rappaport, Paige Turco, Sharon Lawrence and a few others were up to.

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Oyvind!!! Don't you ever worry about being off-topic here. For I often go astray, myself.

    Anyway, I actually didn't like the Firefly series so much because of them being such scoundrels, but I loved "Serenity," which is the movie that was made to answer many of the questions that were left unanswered by the series early demise, such as where the Reevers came from. If you haven't seen it, you are in for a special treat. I just looked it up, and you can get a new DVD of it for as low as $6.99 on Amazon.

  5. Big fan of NYPD Blue but this show will eventually make it's way over the pond probably on some obscure cable channel, I'll look out for it and get back to you. I still watch re-runs of Hill Street Blues.

  6. I have not seen this show, but I always liked Jimmy Smits on NYPD Blue.


  7. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ryan!!! Hill Street Blues? Oh my, you are really taking me back there. Wow, I really loved that show, and "Mad Dog Mick" (Bruce Weitz's character) has served as a role model to me.

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Jane!!! As did I, and I hope this show proves to be a winner for him.


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