Tuesday, September 18, 2007

K-ville

Anybody watch the series premiere of K-Ville on Fox last night? I thought it was pretty good. What I think works about it is that it has elements of a typical cop drama - a new case each episode - but it's grounded in a really specific setting (modern day New Orleans) with unique problems. Overall I thought it was shot pretty well, but not as strikingly as Friday Night Lights or The O.C. (in my opinion, season 3 was a bit weak in writing but fantastically shot). Marlin is an interesting protagonist, an emotionally rattled cop who often takes things too far to keep control of everything. His partner, a reserved convict-turned-soldier, should provide conflict throughout the season. The plot moved along well, and there were always extremely high stakes. Occasionally I felt it delved into melodrama, especially with flashbacks that were unnecessary (and nowhere near as artfully done as those on the O.C.), but the situations have every reason to be intense. Plus, Marlin's cheeky personality - and the down-home New Orleans mentality that may prove to be a character in itself - offer a fair amount of humor to balance it out.

If you missed it, there is a special encore on tonight at 9. Normally the show airs Mondays at 9 on Fox.

2 comments:

Peter said...

I'm not quite sold on it yet. I like the convict angle for Cole Hauser's character, and I think that he has some good chemistry with Anthony Andersen.

Problems I had with the pilot was the level of preachiness (we can see that New Orleans is struggling to recover, do you have to tell us that exact same thing and do it so heavy handedly?), and how transparent the main mystery was (both my roomate and myself called it a few minutes after the singer was shot). They need to ramp up the mystery a bit to keep my interest.

That being said, I think the premise has a lot of potential. The procedural elements are there to hook the casual watcher and post Katrina New Orleans is an interesting milieu. I'll give it a couple more episodes to find its feet, but if it doesn't improve I don't think I'll keep watching.

Amanda said...

Yeah, I definitely agree with your points. The episodic mystery was pretty weak, which may have been because they were trying to do so much introduction and setting up. Potential is exactly the right word...it could be really provocative, but it could be a lot of the same preachy messages if there aren't some good plots in the future.