Triple Feature Wednesday!
First up, Julie reviewing Lethal Weapon. This will be Julie’s only review of the evening. Fortunately for us, she means business.
Lethal Weapon – FOX
Speechless – ABC
OK so not bad. I didn’t know anything about this show until I started watching it, which is nice and rare for me. I usually put too much stock into what critics have to say and then subconsciously bend my will to like whatever they do. It’s the whole Garden State thing all over again. But enough about me.
ABC’s been having a good run with sitcoms and Wednesdays. Modern Family is what it is, but more recent additions like blackish and Off the Boat have been well received. This looks like it could join those. But what do I know.
This was a good show, I think. It’s about a family led by a hard charging mom, trying to provide a normal life for their son named JJ with cerebral palsy. She thinks she’s found a new school that will provide JJ all the help he needs to have a perfectly, normal life. But the school turns out to be nothing of the sort.
We spend a lot of time with the other son, Ray. A lot of the episode is about how hard it must be to have a brother in that situation. So much of the family’s energy and dedication is directed at JJ, it can be hard to think that anyone even notices you.
But the family seems well adjusted and definitely seems to enjoy each other and laugh with one another. It’s hard to tell where a show’s going to go based on the first 22 minutes, but I found myself enjoying Speechless more than I didn’t. It didn’t seem preachy or heavy-handed. Minnie Driver looks amazing for someone I haven’t seen in 18 years. And the actor who played JJ was very charming and natural. I could watch this again.
Designated Survivor – ABC
Julie watched this one but she didn’t review it. She did, however, have one comment for us: “The Designated Survivor should always pack his Designated Survivor suit. I’m glad he found someone his size to trade clothes with before meeting the Iranian Ambassador.”
“What if someone blew up the Capitol during the State of the Union?” Well, if you’re a dad over the age of 60, you were legally obligated to buy and read all of Tom Clancy’s books in the ’80s and ’90s, so you know this is well-covered territory. But here we have Kiefer Sutherland executive producing and starring in a televised version of that very scenario. So here we go.
HUD Secretary Tom Kirkman sits out the address this time. He’s got his hoodie on, he’s relaxed, in a bunker. Well it’s not a bunker. There’s cell service and a window with a nice view of the capitol.
Later, during a flashback, we learn he was about to get fired. Some might say that throws his legitimacy into question. Not me, though. I don’t give a shit.
And by the way, if any of you thought there was going to be a moment where a very serious man whipped his head around and looked Secretary Kirkman in the eye and said, “Sir. You’re the President Now. [pause] OF THE UNITED STATES,” you were right, that’s exactly what happened.
The show does a good job positioning him as kind of a weakling. A professor. Jack Bauer would know what to do but this guy doesn’t. He’s scared. He throws up in the bunker bathroom.
And speaking of the bunker, of course the “general” has to be a hard-nosed military man who wants to blow up everything and no HUD Secretary is going to stand in his way. Does there have to be conflict? Can’t we all just get along down here in the bunker?
GENTLEMEN, THERE WILL BE NO FIGHTING IN THE WAR ROOM. (h/t Dr. Strangelove)
Look, I generally steer away from shit like this. I haven’t enjoyed an action movie since Die Hard. That’s not true. I liked 24. But 24 this ain’t. Maybe I’m just tired, but Christ, this show was dull. I think this is one of those where if you wanted to like it, you did. So keep on keepin’ on. I’m gonna go watch a Parks & Rec rerun on Netflix.