Friday, July 15, 2016

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

Ray Donovan: Season 4, Episode 1 “Girl with Guitar” (B+)

This is one of my favorite shows currently on the air, and it’s great to have it as one of the few summer series that’s already started and will enthrall me throughout the summer months. It’s so interesting to see this new Ray, who opens up in support group, asks Lena how she’s doing, and tearfully thanks his whole family for being at the dinner table. Of course, he’s still just as much of a crooked fixer as he used to be, sitting down with an alcoholic cop and plying him with enough drinks to get him into the passenger seat of his police cruiser and crash it so that it looks like he’s had another DUI. I couldn’t recognize Ray’s latest high-stakes suitor, and it turns out that the mysterious Sonia is played by Embeth Davidtz, who I know best from her stint on “In Treatment” and her role in “Junebug.” The other notable guest star of the hour was Ted Levine from “The Bridge” and “Monk” as Bill, the owner of the casino that no longer employs Mickey, who, after getting very high and hallucinating, ended up right back under Detective Muncie’s thumb. Terry’s desire to lead a mission is intriguing, and it’s a shame that he didn’t get approved for his trip. Abby’s big news is very worrisome, and it’s likely that Ray won’t react too well once he finds out that the one potentially stable thing in his life may not be nearly as permanent and lasting as he thought.

No comments: