Monday, June 16, 2014
Graceland - 2.01 - The Line - Review
Note - I generally do recaps instead of reviews so I'm getting my feet wet here. I will likely change formats throughout until I find something that works. Please let me know what you like about other reviews. Do you prefer more of an episode recap that goes over each segment of the plot? Would you rather talk about characters more? Are you more interested in writer impressions and/or theories so you can debate them in the comments section? I have perused a variety of reviews on SpoilerTV and they all are slightly different. What would you most like to see in these Graceland reviews?
What Didn't Work:
Hopes for the New Season:
2. Paige and Jakes need to have actual storylines. While we have a hint of where Jakes' character arc is going, it feels like Paige still has nothing really to do than be the second female. She deserves better than that so I would like to see her take a key position in this sting. I'd also like to see Jakes interact with his son and perhaps get some back story on how he got visiting rights. His job is dangerous so I can see some hesitation in allowing his son to visit him. What I absolutely DO NOT want though is another tiresome cliffhanger where the bad guys take the cop's son as leverage. That's stale police procedural stuff that has no business in the Graceland mytharc.
3. Johnny needs to take Mike down a notch. He just does.
4. The season itself will be as full of plausible twists as the first season was. This show knows how to end well each episode and that got me through some of the leaner times last season. Now it's time to show exactly what kind of twisty, suspenseful writing they have proven they can do. Basically I hope this season is as tight as the last one because it rocked.
Grade and Episode Awards:
Best Quote - Mike: "We still going to be surfing by noon?" Briggs: "Probably not."
Best Twist - how everyone is reunited
Best Reason to Watch- seeing how all the Graceland residents have changed in the fallout
Smartest Plan - newbie kidnappers, who didn't just surprise me. Mixing a kidnapping with the dog fighting raid is brilliant.
Most Accurate Contact List - Leon lists the assassins under Kill Boys. At least it's clear.
Biggest Promotion - Mike, who went from rookie to Special Assistant to the Director to Graceland lead in a few short months. Kind of stretches credibility.
Best Gesture - Briggs does a sarcastic salute to the criminal that blew his plan. I didn't even know sarcastic salute existed.
Motto - Find the Line, proving that Mike's hunch was right
Most Brutal - dry boarding interrogation
Best Return to TV - Mike's new girlfriend, Jessica, is Audrey on Haven
The "What the Heck?" Award - When Leon pulls a gun on Briggs, Mike looks incredibly nonchalant about it. If he were a real arms dealer, he would have brought out a gun immediately and asked what's going on. Waiting so long should be highly suspicious to Leon.
Best Foreshadowing - Charlie watches over Juan Badillo's family and is obviously not done with the case
Most Likely to Go South Quickly - Charlie and Briggs' relationship, which is based partly on lies and guilt
Best Reaction - everyone's lack of enthusiasm when Mike says he's their boss for 8 weeks
Other Great Quotes:
Mike: "What the hell happened to you man?" Jakes: "What? A man can't be happy?" Johnny: "He's been like this for a couple months. It's weird, huh?"
Briggs: "You know today should go well. We stage at 9, meet Leon at 10, bad guys go to jail at 11. We should be riding the waves by noon." Charlie: "Got to respect that confidence."
Briggs: "If we don't control the time or place of the meet, I can't guarantee your safety, Mike." Mike: "My safety?" Briggs: "Yeah." Mike: "Since when are you concerned about my safety? Used to be you'd march me to the gates of hell if it meant a shot at the Kaza cartel."
Johnny: "Can I hit him?" Briggs: "No Johnny, you can't. I'm calling the operation, Mike. It's off. I'm sorry you wasted a first class ticket out here. I hope you didn't wrinkle your suit."
Paige: "So DC kind of turned you into an a**hole, huh?"
Paige: "Ah, so you're back here to try to make yourself a rock star again. This world has enough dead rock stars, Mike. Briggs is just trying to make sure you're not one of them."
Briggs: "Hmm. Looks like Kaza's got a new interrogation method. Cheaper than water boarding without all the mess."
Briggs: "These guys are late." Mike: "I expect a certain level of professionalism in my professional assassins."