Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pilot Review: Dark Blue

Dark Blue (TNT)
Premiered July 15 at 10pm

TNT’s latest offering is a dark, gritty, undercover cop drama, and it tries really, really hard to make sure you know it. Dylan McDermott is uber-serious as a mysterious, hardened cop who runs a special, off-the-books unit. In his first moments on screen, it’s made painfully clear that McDermott’s Carter Shaw is a disgruntled, humorless guy who can handle any situation and will chew out anyone who can’t. If he weren’t so busy trying to prove how bad-ass he was and uttering lines like “I haven’t seen 7am since 1992,” he might be a more compelling character. It’s implied that he has a troubled past, but now he’s the coolest thing since Michael Clayton. His team includes a dedicated husband desperate not to go undercover and a rookie female with a criminal past, as well as one operative who may be in too deep. Logan Marshall-Green is the familiar face who plays the undercover cop, and he displays the same forced lack of emotion as he did on “24” and “The O.C.” That’s not all – there are also two hapless investigators hot on Carter’s trail and determined to uncover his true identity. McDermott’s anger doesn’t inspire much believability in his character. The lines are incredibly trite – “Your own backyard is the Wild West!” and “Well, isn’t it the Federal Bureau of Intimidation?” The music is dark and dramatic, but it’s mostly just to convey and beat to death the notion that Carter should be considered a fearsome legend. Instead, he’s just a grumpy guy whose operations work more because of his crew and sheer luck than anything he puts into it. To top it off, the villains are exceptionally cartoonish. The entire pilot is a cliché from start to finish, and like its TNT Wednesday partner “Leverage,” it just doesn’t offer much in the way of pulling the audience in. There’s nothing to recommend it or to differentiate from any generic cop show, which is all the more regrettable because it’s supposed to be so bold, daring, and, well, dark. Unfortunately, it’s just not.

How will it work as a series? It seems like they’ll be going undercover on a different mission each episode, which could become tiresome but could also mean that a certain episode is better than a previous one. It feels like it could become a more violent, crime-fueled version of “The Cleaner” with a bit of a more frantic pace. That could work, and “Dark Blue” is similar to the show that airs before it, “Leverage.”
How long will it last? TNT is very kind to their big earners, like “The Closer,” “Raising the Bar,” and “Saving Grace,” and if this show achieves ratings success, it could be quickly welcomed into the fold. I don’t think the promotion was very good for this series, however, and I think it will simply manage to finish out the current season and then fade into oblivion.

Pilot grade: D

3 comments:

G1000 said...

So disappointing. I loved Dylan McDermott in the early days of "The Practice", but this show appears to be awful. Oh well, only a few more months till "Glee" returns (and of course "Burn Notice").

Unknown said...

cheap lebron james shoes
coach outlet
ray ban wayfarer
tory burch handbags
cheap oakleys
jordan 11s
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglass
michael kors outlet online
michael kors outlet
jordan shoes
chanel outlet
mulberry uk
abercrombie
coach outlet online
michael kors handbags
gucci outlet
louis vuitton handbags
oakley sunglasses
kate spade outlet
jordan shoes
gucci handbags
louboutin
soccer jerseys
celine
cheap ray bans
prada bags
ralph lauren uk
ray ban sunglasses
ray ban sungalsses
coach outlet
abercrombie outlet
air max shoes
pandora uk
insanity dvd sale
20150709xiong

Hyabe Ibbe said...

3cheap nike shoes
oakley outlet
coach handbags outlet
michael kors outlet online sale
hollister clothing store online
ray ban wayfarer sunglasses
ghd flat iron
hermes belt
jordan retro 11 legend blue
gucci belts
converse outlet
cheap rolex watches
supras
ralph lauren outlet
michael kors outlet
coach bag
fitflops online
ray ban outlet
coach outlet
air jordan 13 retro
clarks outlet
kevin durant shoes
fitflop sale
nike outlet
christian louboutin shoes
fitflops sale clearance
tods shoes
christian louboutin outlet
christian louboutin shoes
tod's shoes
hermes outlet
ferragamo shoes sale
michael kors sale
jordan 12
coach outlet online
nike nfl jerseys 2015
wholesale jordans
coach wallets outlet
polo shirts outlet
michael kors handbags clearance 75% off
jordan retro 6
coach factory online
gucci sunglasses outlet
canada goose cheap
20150925hxt