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Life (2007-2009)

(TV-14)

Plot Summary: A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Creator: Rand Ravich

Stars: Damian LewisSarah Shahi and Adam Arkin

Serious Jest:  (Casual Watch)  This show’s concept was brilliant.  The cast was mostly awesome (especially Lewis, with outstanding supporting performances by Garret Dillahunt and Gabrielle Union).  After the first episode, I thought for sure that this would be a 5-mug show.  Unfortunately, over its 2 seasons, it turned out to be a mix of great creativity without the attention to detail and follow-through necessary to bring it to its full potential.  The overall storylines and individual-episode plots were interesting, unique, and entertaining, and the dialogue was even pretty witty.  I even liked the Buddhist voice-overs with lessons relevant to each episode.  However, too many scenes seemed hokey and/or contrived.  It felt like a bunch of effort and intelligence was spent on thinking up concepts for intriguing and entertaining characters and stories, but little effort was spent on fitting that creativity into a believable story.  If your show is about police and murders, you should probably research some of that subject.  For example, somebody needed to tell the directors and writers that it is not always appropriate for a policeman to draw his weapon in every circumstance.  Although this series did not live up to its full potential, it was entertaining, and I did not feel that my time was wasted watching it.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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