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So, LIFE! (the new tv show)

Chake99Chake99 Registered User regular
edited February 2008 in Debate and/or Discourse
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Mandatory wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_(US_TV_series)

Just caught the first episode and it seemed pretty good (on Global, as I don't have NBC being a crazy Canadian). Premise is a cop after being convicted for a crime he didn't commit spends 11 years in prison before being found to be innocent and let out. He's given a large settlement of money, and his job back as a detective.

Except while in prison he is beaten constantly and becomes slightly fucked up as a result.

The first detective scene was sort of bad, but it went uphill after that. It seems they are trying to make a House like cop show, with an eccentric protagonist. And the show succeeds at that.

The scene with
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The part at the end:
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And his partner Dani
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So did anyone else like it? I'm probably going to add it to the list of TV shows I'll try to watch, along with Heroes and House.

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  • Low KeyLow Key Registered User
    edited September 2007
    It's not out here yet, but it's got Dick Winters in it so me and my dad are probably going to sit down to watch at least the first couple of episodes.

  • FeralFeral Who needs a medical license when you've got style? Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Does he come out of it with HIV and hepatitis C from being anally raped? Because he's a little too pretty to be a top.

    Sorry, I'm having a little bit of trouble wrapping my brain how the concept of "wrongful prisonment turned an ordinary fellow into a likable curmudgeon! Oh, he doesn't know what e-mail is... how cute!" could be anything but depressing.

    I guess I'm just anal about this sort of thing (no pun intended).

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  • Low KeyLow Key Registered User
    edited September 2007
    Is he a curmudgeon? I thought he was meant to be fucked up and vengeful and ambivalent to the law.

    But loveablely so.

  • Chake99Chake99 Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Feral wrote: »
    Does he come out of it with HIV and hepatitis C from being anally raped? Because he's a little too pretty to be a top.

    Sorry, I'm having a little bit of trouble wrapping my brain how the concept of "wrongful prisonment turned an ordinary fellow into a likable curmudgeon! Oh, he doesn't know what e-mail is... how cute!" could be anything but depressing.

    The character isn't like House in his worldview, only in the eccentricity of his character. He's sort of zen-obsessed, (constantly twisting himself to see things positively, or non-painfully) and he reacts in ways that you wouldn't originally expect.

    He was too busy spending time time being beaten (for being a cop) and recovering while in prison to be raped.

    The technology stuff is sometimes played well, most of the time though its fucking dumb.

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  • FeralFeral Who needs a medical license when you've got style? Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Chake99 wrote: »
    Feral wrote: »
    Does he come out of it with HIV and hepatitis C from being anally raped? Because he's a little too pretty to be a top.

    Sorry, I'm having a little bit of trouble wrapping my brain how the concept of "wrongful prisonment turned an ordinary fellow into a likable curmudgeon! Oh, he doesn't know what e-mail is... how cute!" could be anything but depressing.

    The character isn't like House in his worldview, only in the eccentricity of his character. He's sort of zen-obsessed, (constantly twisting himself to see things positively, or non-painfully) and he reacts in ways that you wouldn't originally expect.

    Okay, that makes a little more sense then. I think I ran a little too far with the House comparison.

    every person who doesn't like an acquired taste always seems to think everyone who likes it is faking it. it should be an official fallacy.
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  • HybridHybrid South AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Low Key wrote: »
    It's not out here yet, but it's got Dick Winters in it so me and my dad are probably going to sit down to watch at least the first couple of episodes.

    This is exactly what I said to myself when I first saw the commercials for it.

    I believe it starts next wednesday here after House.

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  • RaakamRaakam Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well, it's pretty generic. It's not particularly bad, or good I suppose. All these shows kind of blend together and well, it gets kind of boring after a bit. There's already CSIinserteverycityhere, Monk, Psych, Law and Order, etc etc that does this kind of stuff. I tried watching this, but the acting and the dialogue weren't all that great. The music and cinematography were pretty good though. Maybe I'll try watching next week's episode if I remember to.

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  • HozHoz Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    First episode of Life was good. It felt a little forced but the quality was higher than the majority of television so it wasn't annoying me too much. And I can see how they might need to scramble to make sure people are on the same page since it is the first episode. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops.

  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I liked it, Michael Cudlitz as the kid's convict father was a nice touch, as was Adam Arkin. Damian Lewis was outstanding as is the character Crews himself, but his female partner's story wasn't really believable or that interesting. Same goes with her acting.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Personal favorite scene:
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  • Look Out it's Sabs!Look Out it's Sabs! Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I ended up watching it cause nothing else was on. I liked the main character, might watch it again next week.

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  • emnmnmeemnmnme Heard about this on conservative radio:Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Between this and Monk, I like Monk more. There are too many shows where the detectives are geniuses but have lovable quirks.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I don't really think he's a genius, I just think he's a guy trying to be a detective all the while trying to figure why he got set up and by who. I liked the first episode, hope to see more.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Preacher wrote: »
    I don't really think he's a genius, I just think he's a guy trying to be a detective all the while trying to figure why he got set up and by who. I liked the first episode, hope to see more.

    Well, the setup of the show reminds me of the basic setup of The Pretender - you have the case of the day, but you also have an overarching plot that runs though all the episodes. And when the two intersect, it's always fun.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Hopefully it keeps the level of intelligence the pretender had. As both shows have a very strong lead. I'll have to see more before making any more judgements.

  • PiRaTe!!!PiRaTe!!! Registered User
    edited September 2007
    This is definitely a show that I will continue to watch because the premise is intriguing and Damian Lewis is just awesome.

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  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    PiRaTe!!! wrote: »
    This is definitely a show that I will continue to watch because the premise is intriguing and Damian Lewis is just awesome.

    Yeah, he pretty much makes the whole show.

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  • SenjutsuSenjutsu fiddy too Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I liked it quite a bit. The zen references were rather well done.

    For those reasons I think it's doomed

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  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Senjutsu wrote: »
    I liked it quite a bit. The zen references were rather well done.

    For those reasons I think it's doomed

    I don't think it was received very well (which kind of surprised me) but maybe it can stick around and get a foothold. There's been 14 episodes shot so we'll know we have that much.

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  • PiRaTe!!!PiRaTe!!! Registered User
    edited September 2007
    Adrenaline wrote: »
    Senjutsu wrote: »
    I liked it quite a bit. The zen references were rather well done.

    For those reasons I think it's doomed

    I don't think it was received very well (which kind of surprised me) but maybe it can stick around and get a foothold. There's been 14 episodes shot so we'll know we have that much.

    I hope it sticks around. I mean take House for example, it started off with low ratings but over time gained it's audience (almost every single person in the world) and now it is huge. So who knows what will happen.

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  • HozHoz Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Senjutsu wrote: »
    The zen references were rather well done.

    I think what really made me appreciate them is his partner telling him to shut up. Having a character reflect my feelings about what he was saying was just the right amount of meta.

  • RoundBoyRoundBoy Registered User
    edited September 2007
    This show has great potential. There have been a number of surprises in shows this season, and it makes my tivos cry.

    I am really, really interested to see where this show is going.

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  • tallgeezetallgeeze Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm attached to his car.

  • LiveWireLiveWire Registered User
    edited September 2007
    I might watch this show if only for Capt. Winters

  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That's the reason I am watching, I like Damian Lewis, and cop shows so win win.

  • LiveWireLiveWire Registered User
    edited September 2007
    If they could get Ron Livingston in this fucking program I would shit myself in happiness. Damien Lewis and he have awesome chemistry imo.

  • devoirdevoir Registered User
    edited September 2007
    Looks like one to keep an eye on.

  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Favorite scene was the one at the end:

    "You want to drive the tractor, don't you?"

    "I kinda do."

  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Preacher wrote: »
    Hopefully it keeps the level of intelligence the pretender had. As both shows have a very strong lead. I'll have to see more before making any more judgements.

    You know what's funny? While watching the episode, I kept thinking that Michael Weiss would make a much better lead.

  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    stigweard wrote: »
    Preacher wrote: »
    Hopefully it keeps the level of intelligence the pretender had. As both shows have a very strong lead. I'll have to see more before making any more judgements.

    You know what's funny? While watching the episode, I kept thinking that Michael Weiss would make a much better lead.

    pssh

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  • clownfoodclownfood packet pusher in the wallsRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I rather enjoyed the first episode of this show, but I wonder if they are going to continue with this "interview the other characters" bit beyond the first episode. I would wager not....but it seemed to be a major part of the first episode.

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  • devoirdevoir Registered User
    edited September 2007
    It's a good, different way of giving background without having to dole it out via flashbacks or in-story character conversations.

    Enjoyed it, especially the car subplot.

  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    New episode lulz

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  • AdrenalineAdrenaline Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Mmm, cool stuff. I *loved* that they played Gravenhurst a couple times.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    clownfood wrote: »
    I rather enjoyed the first episode of this show, but I wonder if they are going to continue with this "interview the other characters" bit beyond the first episode. I would wager not....but it seemed to be a major part of the first episode.

    It looks like they are, and in doing so, they can introduce other players and more detail about the case. It's actually very well done.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    stigweard wrote: »
    Preacher wrote: »
    Hopefully it keeps the level of intelligence the pretender had. As both shows have a very strong lead. I'll have to see more before making any more judgements.

    You know what's funny? While watching the episode, I kept thinking that Michael Weiss would make a much better lead.

    No he wouldn't sadly, he did a cop film once I had the displeasure of watching. Outside of the Pretender he really lacks the ability to act. I don't know how or why, but that is the way things are.

  • tallgeezetallgeeze Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    clownfood wrote: »
    I rather enjoyed the first episode of this show, but I wonder if they are going to continue with this "interview the other characters" bit beyond the first episode. I would wager not....but it seemed to be a major part of the first episode.

    It looks like they are, and in doing so, they can introduce other players and more detail about the case. It's actually very well done.

    I agree. It seems they are showing some tv special about his case throughout the season. I like it because it gives you a taste of what may happen next.

    The only thing I was pissed about last night's show was the scene with his old partner's wife.

    I wish it would have went like this:
    "No one would ride with my husband for 4 years."
    "That sucks. I spent 12 years in jail for a crime I didn't commit. I think I win."

    That scene in the garage was tense. I was ready for some shit to go down.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    tallgeeze wrote: »
    The only thing I was pissed about last night's show was the scene with his old partner's wife.

    I wish it would have went like this:
    "No one would ride with my husband for 4 years."
    "That sucks. I spent 12 years in jail for a crime I didn't commit. I think I win."

    But her point was that yes, he was falsely imprisoned, but he was also compensated. Her family was put through hell, and they got nothing for it. I'm not saying she's right, but I do understand how she was viewing it.

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  • PreacherPreacher Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Yeah, but she's seeing the end result of what happened IE he got out and got a lot of money for it. If he didn't get out he'd still be in jail for the rest of his life while his partner would have just had a tough spot for some time.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    So, let's discuss the Conspiracy Wall.
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    What do you think?

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