Friday, July 17, 2015

What I'm Watching: Ray Donovan (Season Premiere)

Ray Donovan: Season 3, Episode 1 “The Kalamazoo” (B+)

I'm thrilled to have this show back, and I'd like to start this review off with a hearty congratulations to series star Liev Schreiber, who scored an Emmy nomination despite costar Jon Voight's snub. Schreiber is what makes this show work, along with many other great elements, and this episode demonstrates that once again as Ray charged right in to a situation with plenty of guns and didn't blink an eye as he got his job done. The introduction of Ian McShane's new player is certainly intriguing, and I was very surprised to see Katie Holmes as the actress portraying his daughter, a clear indicator that she will have a larger part to play over the course of the season. Ezra dying was an unfortunate development that underlined how much of a rift Kate's execution at Ezra's command created, with Deb telling Ray to leave the funeral and Ray unwillinging to even consider working with Avi again. As usual, Bridget blames her mother for anything her father did, and it's good to see that Abby is at least putting herself to good use sticking up for Bunchy and helping him collect payment from delinquent gym users. Mickey is the making the most of his situation, living the life in the pool and entertaining all his neighbors with regular fun. Buying a grill and trying to get the pimp to take his operation elsewhere seem like simple enough moves, but Mickey may just make himself too many enemies to be able to continue enjoying his lovely new circumstances.

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