Sunday, July 15, 2007

Meadowlands: Episode 5

MeadowlandsSome gripping, instructive moments in Showtime's Meadowlands tonight ... we learn about Tom Tyrell's reasons for being there (he's an investigative reporter whose wife was blown up in car that he was supposed to be driving), find that Dr. York is willing to bend his professional "ethics" and lie for Evelyn (though he's hoping to get something back in appreciation from Evelyn, which I'm thinking he will), and hear Zoe talking about "metaphor" (which is almost nonexistent on television)...

"One's reach must exceed one's grasp, or what's a metaphor?" - actually, that's not what Zoe said, but some witty Victorian in Dickens' time. I just wanted to work that in...

But back to the show: We are finally beginning to see a little of what's really going here, or at least how things work in Meadowlands. Danny killed Jack. The powers that be don't want this to be the way that happened - especially after they sent Ormond in to do that job. So Jack's body is dug up, left on the street, taken into custody - all so Ormand can be properly implicated. His motive is that Jack raped Ormand's sister. Jack then foolishly left Meadowlands, which allowed Ormand to find him. (Ormand also had something to do with the fire that burned down Danny's house.) As Wintersgill explains to the assembled citizens (without of course revealing the above), Meadowlands must look perfectly normal to the outside world, not crawling with lunatics everywhere you turn. And they get the additional, oft-repeated lesson: don't leave Meadowlands, it's dangerous outside.

I'd like to see even more of this story line - and one of the problems with Meadowlands is that it's a little low on plot and high on somewhat unclear crises ...

And couldn't they get a real American to play Tom, rather than Scot Williams? Hey, it's not Scot's fault, he was born in Liverpool, he was excellent as Pete Best in Backbeat - his accent just doesn't work too well on Meadowlands (unless there's yet another secret about him - he's really a spy left over from the Cold War, taught to speak "American" in Moscow).

On the other hand, there was another good moment when Zoe kisses Scot to lift a key out of his pocket, and as long as long as our suspension of disbelief isn't lifted too much further, it should all work out fine ... and unsettling.

Intriguingly Miasmic Meadowlands

reviews of other episodes: Meadowlands Opens - with Tongues and Grooves ... Episode 2 ... Episode 3 ... Episode 4 ... Episode 6 ... Episode 7 ...

The Plot to Save Socrates

"challenging fun" - Entertainment Weekly

"a Da Vinci-esque thriller" - New York Daily News

"Sierra Waters is sexy as hell" - curled up with a good book
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