"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go backstage. I'm proud of myself, I just beat Brad Armstrong!" - Arn Anderson on WCW Saturday Night in 1992, in the classiest display I've ever seen of someone putting over an underrated mid-carder that everyone in the locker room knew deserved better than the push he got.
I tried watching the first episode, & haven't since. I liked the acupuncturist, I didn't mind a little hallucinatory song occasionally. Going to Tibet in a business suit was dumb but was a sweet payoff. I think my problem was that there was too much that was massively heavy-handed -- IIRC the main plot was hammer-to-the-head subtle. Didn't work for me.
I'm very much digging this show. Despite the sometimes-outlandish premise, this really reminds me of classic LA Law, with the morning meetings starting things off, the pennypinching managing partner, and the mix of courtroom drama and personal travails. I'm not sure where they will end up going, since they've made it do Eli can't go on the way he is without losing his job, but I'm very interested to find out.
I said last week that this show reminds me of LA Law, and specifically mentioned the pennypinching managing partner. So this week they actually have a guest appearance by Douglas Brackman himself (yes, the character as well as the actor)! I guess I was on the right track. B^)
The article I read said Smackdown will be part of the lineup, along with Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Beauty and the Geek, Smallville, and America's Next Top Model. The exact quote regarding Smackdown was "expected to play a role". http: