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  1. madmaverick

    All Points Bulletin: All Things Media And News!

    I thought it was more likely than not TR would get another season, but you never know with these things. And I see many network pilots with name actors not even ordered to series. I don't expect TR to last for more than another season or two, frankly, in this day and age. Unfortunately, I have no real expectations that it'll become a show with great writing in S2 either. It's a serviceable network procedural with a likable cast of characters and good cast, but the writing/type of show it is makes it unlikely to excel. Hopefully it will improve in S2 though and agreed that Nolan definitely needs more development/sharper writing.
  2. I had not heard Titus' music before. Video is cheesy but music is catchy. More my kind of jam than what Dever/Huertas had going on, I have to say.
  3. madmaverick

    S01.E20: Free Fall

    Just a meh finale to me. Not as strong as the previous episode. I find the big terror plots, usually in season finales, quite tedious and this was no exception. I would have been happy if this episode was just about the rookie exam and say interspersed with flashbacks to their first 6 months on the job and the challenges and dilemmas they faced as they answered the questions. This kind of cliffhanger is pointless to me because it's highly doubtful they'll kill off Tim. Nolan & Jessica's relationship has been blah to me from a romantic pov because there was barely any buildup to becoming an established couple and I don't feel any particular chemistry. The work/relationship dilemmas here could be interesting if handled with nuance, but I don't think that's going to happen. It'll just be they are incompatible from a moral pov and so they'll part ways and we'll be left wondering what was the point of the relationship in the first place. And I guess the resolution may also depend on whether the actress is coming back. Lopez & the lawyer's relationship is also blah to me because it seems like they are all about making eyes at each other and being forcibly hot and steamy without much deeper development. At least he got off his high horse for once. Lopez suggesting West might need a new T.O. was more interesting to me than the relationship stuff. West and his Dad making up just like felt a bit too easy and with questions unanswered. Bishop & I.A. drama resolution also felt a bit too easy but I'm glad they didn't make Bishop do I.A.'s work for them. Bradford & Chen, meh. I hope they're not taking them in any non platonic direction. It feels like this show has the ingredients for it to be good; definitely has them to be better, but it's not quite there imo and more often than not is just another mediocre procedural. Stick to the slice of life of rookies, inject a lot of heart and some dramedy, but stay away from romantic melodrama and big action plots. Police work should be interesting enough without all that. It's got a decent cast of characters. Grow them.
  4. madmaverick

    S01.E19: The Checklist

    I could be wrong but I went and re-watched and I don't think they used a body double in those scenes. The shots where I thought Nathan looked pretty good were the full body shots. Maybe it was the side angle. The arms were decent without being full on muscular and sculpted which made me think they were Nathan's arms, as his biceps have looked okay even when his body was heavier. I also don't think the boxing scene was strenuous much so wouldn't have thought they needed a body double for that, but who knows. I do think he looks believable enough to me compared to a real life cop. But could he get even fitter? For sure. I agree with those who say he looks thinner on social media so maybe how the camera films him makes a difference. He looks more energetic here than in the later seasons of Castle for sure.
  5. madmaverick

    S01.E19: The Checklist

    Best episode in a while. It had more heart and a good mix of character drama without trying to use overblown action scenes to maintain interest. The dialogue was better too. I liked Nolan's speech to the Chief, Lopez shutting down West and the conversations between Nolan & Ben. I'm glad they didn't sweep the trauma from such a traumatic event (ouch, that was a good make up job!) under the table (like I kind of felt they did with the Capt's death) and it added to the characterisation of Nolan & Ben's friendship too. What they're doing with West could be interesting too with him feeling kind of lost, although I'm not sure he's giving his Dad a fair shake given the limited info about what he actually did/didn't do. Nolan & Bishop's relationship has been one of my favourites throughout and his speech to the Chief kind of encapsulated what that has been about so far. Smart move that she made him primary from the start but I don't know why her practice differed from the others. Not a fan of IA making an unethical offer, but I guess they want to set something up for the finale. Surprised the Chief personally administers the oral exam to the rookies....he has that kind of time? Ha, I did think the guy in the coffin looked a bit too alive. I thought maybe it was a bad makeup/acting job. Little did I know that was the point lol. I thought Nathan's running was perfectly acceptable here and he may have looked the best he has all series during that boxing scene. Would not object to a repeat of that.
  6. madmaverick

    S01.E18: Homefront

    Just an average episode. I thought the show had some episodes which showed promise a while back but it's sunk back into mediocrity. Talia's storyline was the only one that held my interest. We'll see but the problem with these storylines is you don't really expect any serious repercussions in a procedural show. So she's confessed to the Watch Commander, now what? I mean, they've already done their shock and awe erm budget cutting by killing the Captain so.... which, as I expected, doesn't seem to have any lasting repercussions on the characters either. What a waste and what a shame. Nolan being sued could have been a more interesting storyline but they played it for laughs and made the judge too unprofessional from the get go. I did like the young lawyer character as another reminder not to judge anyone's ability by their age. He's more interesting to me than that defense lawyer getting it on with Lopez. Yawn. What a pointless, cliche and unprofessional scene. I wish they'd shown Lopez to be more professional than that and I hope this show isn't turning into a soap. So far they are not winning me over with any of their romantic storylines. And yikes, really hope they are not going there with Bradford and Chen. I actually thought West showed too little faith in his Dad to easily believe the word of a criminal just like that. Fair to have doubts but he's already ready not to believe his Dad. Nathan/Nolan needs to never tuck in his uniform jacket into his belt if that's what he was doing. Just No. Why make yourself look bigger than you actually are? Should have left it out like Bishop.
  7. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    OK episode. My main problem with it is I didn't feel it dealt with the impact of the Captain's death in a powerful way or used it to drive storytelling forward in any meaningful sense (which was supposedly the rationale by Hawley for the death). Yes, it was on Nolan's mind and yes, "life goes on", but I didn't get a heavy sense of sadness from the characters or that the Capt's death impacted them much at all. It felt like it was all too tidy and easily put away. More heavy gunfights. I think the writers think we will be bored if they don't throw one or two into every episode. I check a lot of reality at the door for TV but how many times are 2 cops going to go it alone against heavy gunfire without backup? Especially after one of their own was killed previously! Not really feeling the chemistry between NF and SS, tbh. I think the problem for me is when there isn't much slow burn, sexual tension, and even though they are both likable characters to me, it's like bam, now they are dating and I don't feel the romance. Also really was not keen on the anvil in the scene at the end hinting at Nolan's insecurities as a rookie dating an impressive woman. Nolan's always appeared as a confident man who had the balls to join the police academy and become a rookie in middle age, so it doesn't make sense to me for his character to be insecure suddenly just because she dated a SEAL. And insecurity like this is never an attractive trait in a man. They don't need to make this Nolan's. And does Nolan have any other casual clothes than this plaid shirt? It's not a flattering look on him either. Chen and West's personal storylines were kind of meh. As was the earthquake and the new Captain shenanigans. Not that interesting. Michael Trucco was playing a typical MT role here, straight and narrow law enforcement. Joel McHale had the funner role with more to do.
  8. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    That's pure conjecture about the motivations of the writers re ageism and an example of what I meant. But hey, it's a free for all on the internet, so believe what you want whether supported by evidence or not. Goodness, I never knew there was so much judgment out there if I were to date an older (or younger) person. To me, good writers can craft a strong relationship regardless of age or whatever differences. If it didn't happen here, it's because the writing was not strong enough. In real life, people of all ages can fall in love and I don't judge.
  9. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    It's not about not being able to be critical as a fan. That's not the point at all. There's plenty of robust criticism on PTV. It's about criticism being rooted in facts and in logic, rather than pure supposition and fact free conjecture and the leap to apportion blame when facts aren't at hand. And for goodness' sake, please leave Stana out of the discussion here. Let. It. Go. I don't think the decision to kill off the Captain was wise, but no, I'm not about to make it a gender issue when there's no indication that was a factor in the decision at all.
  10. madmaverick

    S01.E17: The Shake Up

    Nathan's said time and again that he leaves the writing to the professionals, aka the writers, and it's not his place to interfere. Yes, he's EP alongside others, but we don't know what input he and others and the network had on this decision or what all the considerations were. Hawley has said they went back and forth about it in the writers' room. Unless you were an actual fly on the wall when the decision to kill off the Captain was made, I don't think it's fair to blame people when you don't know anything about the decision making process beyond what Hawley has said. If a show or an actor is not making you happy, the quickest way to happiness is to stop watching. What's weird to me is when people who clearly don't like a show or an actor keep watching it. And I would argue that there are many strong female characters on the show.
  11. madmaverick

    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Not keen on the earthquake or the episode description for the finale. Bigger does not always mean better. When will writers get that? Is the show veering into melodrama? It's been so long since a network show especially a procedural grabbed me. And usually that is due to actors' chemistry rather than compelling writing. Not every non network show is good and there are plenty of duds too, but at least they feel more ambitious whereas a lot of network just feels tired to me. It's no wonder to me they keep on losing ground to streaming and cable. That's my problem with Nolan too. He's likable but I feel the character coasts on Nathan's charisma rather than solid writing. He's an everyman but a bland one at that. This is a guy who could be more sharply defined, having made such a massive mid life life change, but I feel the writers have barely created any depth from that. And the love interest angles have never done much for the character. What this show has going for it to me more than anything is a solid cast. Missing the Captain's actress though.
  12. madmaverick

    S01.E16: Greenlight

    Worst episode ever. Was it written by Hawley? Even if it wasn't, killing the Capt. wouldn't have happened if he hadn't conceived or okayed it. Unfortunately, I was spoiled. Argh, social media. I've commented before that this isn't the kind of show that goes dark, that has cops being bad etc., so count me surprised that it would kill off a series regular (at this early stage). Bad call imo. First of all I thought the storytelling was a melodramatic mess this episode and it was a cheap death with too much stupidity that neither the character of the Captain nor the actress deserved. I thought the climatic scenes were incredulous more than compelling myself. I'm never a fan when they turn the volume up to melodrama and that's what they did here. The show does better when it's slice of life rather than high action shootouts. I am sorry, but this episode wasn't well written enough to generate any pathos for me from the Capt's death. It was just like one minute she was here and the next she was dead and oh now life goes on except we'll wear black ribbons on our badges. It all felt like surface emotion rather than anything moving that good writing does. Just the idea that it was the 2 of them out on patrol(which I would have loved to see more in any other circumstances, alas) with a target on Nolan's back without additional backup seemed the height of foolishness to me. I'm not sure the Captain egging on a killer with a fragile ego was the smartest idea ever either. And the idea that cops only turned on the pressure on gangs when one of their own was a target didn't sit well with me. The end scene of Nolan arresting the idiot didn't do anything for me. The sentiments delivered by the cops re dead Capt were well said but those lines were so heavy handed. No nuance, no subtlety, no messy emotions that come with a shocking death like this. So basically this episode did not work for me and not just because they killed off the Capt. I also think they made the wrong move to kill the Capt because A) we'll see, but I'm not convinced that it's going to drive the storytelling forward in a big way and I'm not convinced that failing to save someone/one of them getting shot (which already happened) couldn't have driven storytelling in those directions. B) This is the first time I've watched Mercedes Mason in anything but I thought she had a really likable screen presence here which was an asset to the show, and she had good chemistry with NF as well as others. It's a shame to see her go. C) The Capt. character was definitely underutilized and as I've said before, kind of a thankless role in these shows because the writers never seem to know what to do with her. But the tidbits they dropped about the Capt being ex-Marine and being divorced could have been explored further. As was the idea that she chose Nolan to come to her precinct because she saw the value in his experience. It all just felt like an unnecessary death of a character and a cheap kill to shock, cheap way to shake things up for an episode or two. Finally, I also don't think showing a white supremacist gang with military grade weapons was the most sensitive move this week in light of the white supermacist killing in NZ. But hey, if a fictional killing of a TV character by a white surpremacist with military grade weapons can actually make the U.S. do something about gun control for once, I'm all for it. But doubtful. To summarize, this was the worst episode by far for me. It amplified all the weaknesses in the writing, especially when it descended into melodrama but even before that. The writing on this show has been mediocre at best, but there were moments when I thought it might get better. Not here.
  13. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    Just for aesthetic reasons so there's not much of a height difference, though it's not that important to me. Chemistry and acting skills are far more important. It's just nice if actors can look at each other at eye level without stooping or looking down/up too much.
  14. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    Lol. There are weirdos who will send you an actual photo of their eggplant when you barely know them, which just NO. If Nolan were to send this pic text, I would give him points for creativity but TMI? Where's the mystery? I do like text messages especially for group chats, but some people do text waaay too much, like who has the time to read a gazillion messages? Sometimes some things are easier said by text than in person; sometimes text makes you think more before typing (saying) something. Some people like to just record voice messages if they aren't great typers so that can approximate more of a real phone conversation, I guess. Young people these days will record a million IG or Snapchat stories but you won't find them trying to call someone on the phone. Video chat, maybe. But texting is definitely here to stay. I even know people whose bio line is "too busy to talk, please text". Make of that what you will. I miss old fashioned letter writing too but that's mostly gone. Except postcards, maybe. But whatever the format, I think people are still seeking that connection via communication. Talia's line was really one of the best so far.
  15. madmaverick

    S01.E15: Manhunt

    OK maybe she did write down a "call me" though I was guessing it was more likely a signature followed by a number scribbled down, which he could do with whatever he liked. Maybe it's an age group thing, but I've had lots of friends asked out by text for first coffee dates and such. Even broken up by text (which was not cool, imo). People rarely call. Everything's done by text messaging these days. Even amongst friends. And the prevalence of dating apps means there is a lot of text messaging going on. In a way text is preferred to a phone call when you just meet someone because you can better control the parameters.
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