Sunday, October 28, 2012

What I’m Watching: Vegas

Vegas: Season 1, Episode 4 “(Il)Legitimate” (B+)

It’s interesting to see Vincent purposely bring Ralph into his house, offering him up a criminal who has been caught cheating in his casino. Ralph wearing a smirk the whole time shows that he knows Vincent is up to no good, and their dynamic is becoming more compelling each week. Stopping by after the attempt on Vincent’s life and telling Vincent that Vegas is his town was met with a fantastic response from Vincent: “It’s my town too.” I’m glad to see that rivalry, something about which I was initially concerned, proving to be the show’s strongest asset. Vincent’s expansion plans have taken on a life of their own, garnering disapproval from Johnny Rizzo and resulting in the murder of the competition. This episode was stacked with guest stars, including Jamie McShane of “Sons of Anarchy” as the now deceased Cornaro, William Russ as Tumbleweed seller Mert Hayes, Michael J. Harney, recently seen as Detective Ouellette on “Weeds,” as Leo from the bank, Wade Williams of “Prison Break” as the union leader, and Christopher Cousins, most memorable as Ted on “Breaking Bad,” as the unexpected father of the murdered maid. It was fun to see Jack interview Mia for her work card and get some good flirting in, with questions about her having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, it looks like the crooked district attorney beat her to the punch, but I’m sure there will be time for romance eventually. As usual, the episode contained a stylized violent scene, with Cornaro and his associate meeting their end set to music.

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