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The Hottie of the Lambs (TM ohimesamamama)

spectralbovine: So, what'd you think?
ohimesamamama: I...was torn. There were moments I loved, and there were moments I was saying 'get thee to a script doctor'. It deserves at least a second episode's viewing for me to have an opinion. I don't love it immediately, but it's a fabulous cast and shows promise.
spectralbovine: Yeah, it does.
spectralbovine: There were definite points in the script where I was like...what? I've come to expect better than this.
ohimesamamama: I want more Adam Baldwin and Katie Finneran. I want Jay Harrington to do as well as I know he can. And yes, that's exactly it; there were parts that were just LAUGHABLY bad. And I'm less than impressed with the Hottie of the Lambs as an actress, although she's not bad, just...pretty green in places.
ohimesamamama: It's worth mocking if it doesn't start bringing its A-game, but if it does grab the A-game, it's a perfectly good summer series.

I'm more of a fan of Tim's writing than Mars (I think I'm one of, say, three people who loves "Karma Chameleon" dearly), so the bad points irked me in a different way. They just jumped out because the rest of the dialogue was so good, they felt even more unnatural. Maybe profilers getting inside the heads of serial killers really do blather on in psychobabble like that, but it felt really artificial at times, a way for Rebecca to be right so the plot could move along.

But really, that's my only complaint, because I really liked it, for the most part. Rachel Nichols is hot, which never hurts. And I'm really interested in Web and his team, why they exist and how they work together and who they really are. Plus, blipverts! The serial killer plot was twisty and turny and exciting and creepy, so cool. It did feel like the kind of psychological thriller you'd see in a theater. Basically, The Inside gets my recommendation, and I'm definitely watching, but I have to get spoilery to get into why.

The teaser twist was sweet and yet I should have seen it coming, because it totally sets up Rebecca's entrance. I like that she's carrying three thousand pounds of stuff and it's all awkward.

"What do you have that he needs?"
"A conscience."

How did Web get power like this, such that he's semi-autonomous to pick and drop cases at his will? How did he find his conscience, when did he lose his, did he ever have one? "Damn. I got that backward." And the fact that he'd been watching Rebecca all that time is pretty fucking creepy. Just waiting for the time he could use her.

I liked how we learned about Danny and Mel through their dialogue and actions. I see them as foils for each other right now, though I'm wondering how they fit into Web's grand scheme.

A long time ago, Tim said something about an "existential battle for [Rebecca's] soul," and now I totally see it. Paul vs. Web. This will be interesting.

Identity issues! Even if they were a little heavy-handed in the serial killer plot, I can see they're very present in Rebecca. She's changed her name. She's not that girl anymore. OR IS SHE OMG. Cause that ice cream man is totally her kidnapper. Does our past define who we are? Are the members of Web's team just extensions of his psyche? "I know all your problems. That's why you're here."

I really liked all those flashes with Rebecca's dialogue coming out of other women's mouths and shit. That was way cool. I also really liked the way she worked her way to the subway revelation, how she kind of subtly shifted back and forth between first and second person (I think subconsciously, for her). Both those scenes show well that she really does get inside the heads of the victims...and as tiggz suggests, because she was one herself.

Someone somewhere described the show as a character-driven drama disguised as a procedural, and I think that's true. I think the MOTW will be fun and unusual, but I'll really be watching for the characters. I am intrigued.
Tags: lj friends, the inside, tim minear, tv
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