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I DO feel a sense of obligation to start a thread about this show, because as I have mentioned countless times, I knew Jeremy Renner all the way back to when we were in fifth grade, and having not seen him since high school it's always a trip to see him as a grownup. (I'm sure if our roles were reversed, he'd say the same thing about me.)

That said, hoo boy they really tried hard to cram together as much derivative stuff as they could in the first show. Even from seeing the ads before the show ever aired, I was afraid they were ripping off the "copy machine as lie detector" lock, stock and barrel from "Homicide: Life on the Street" and sadly, I was correct. What I HADN'T counted on was that just about every couple of minutes we could point and go "ah, that's [The Shield|The Wire|Bones|&c.]" to the point where it was becoming really distracting and it stopped being about "The Unusuals."

EDIT: Not to mention the smart-alecky radio dispatcher surely being a throwback to the unseen announcement guy from "M*A*S*H!" Am I right, people?

I blinked and missed it - was the Jesus cop trying to plant the badge and gun? He WAS the only guy to talk about the eyewitness, the sketch, hell, he found the guy they ended up getting/killing. So, yeah, I WAS actually paying attention to the plot.

This "everybody has a secret" nonsense, though...is it "Dirty Sexy Money" all over again? "The Lyons Den?"

Now, ignoring how over-the-top they made his character's back story (Really? He's a former first baseman for the Yankees AND he owns a diner?), Renner's got some chops and he does well enough with what he's given. I liked Adam Goldberg as well. Amber Tamblyn was all right but should have kept the fake boobs (ha ha, just kidding, no I'm not). Nice to see Terry Kinney still getting work. Harold Perrineau is Harold Perrineau. I could totally lose the dude who talked about himself in the third person and yet I have already forgotten his character's name. (I looked it up - Eddie "the mustache" Alvarez, played by Kai Lennox) And there was another woman in there somewhere.

And that's all I got. For now.

I'll probably watch it like I watched "Life on Mars" - it's on after "LOST" so what else am I going to watch? I don't get "South Park" in HD. Still, if ABC didn't reup LoM...I've got to think it's going to take a minor miracle for "The Unusuals" to escape the exact same fate.

(edited by CRZ on 9.4.09 0013)


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I got to the first commercial break, then decided I was not going to watch the show. It seemed like it was written by high schoolers. Not good at all.
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Eh. I was alright with it as mindless entertainment. I was trying to figure out exactly what happened in the apartment with the rifle - so it seems he was shot dead on and they all missed?

Yes, Jesus cop was planting the gun and badge. He's Mole #1, looks like he was on the phone with Mole #2.

I may give it one or two more shots.




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I was talking to my wife via skype and lost the plot on the show about 20 minutes in. Elephant Man was on HBO Family and I switched to that. :)



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I lost interest once Amber TAmblyn put on the sweatshirt.



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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    I got to the first commercial break, then decided I was not going to watch the show.
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    I was talking to my wife via skype and lost the plot on the show about 20 minutes in. Elephant Man was on HBO Family and I switched to that. :)
    Originally posted by odessasteps
    I lost interest once Amber TAmblyn put on the sweatshirt.
You guys represent our great nation! From the tvbythenumbers.com discussion:

10:00 p.m. – Viewers: 7.44 million, A18-49: 2.5/ 7
10:30 p.m. – Viewers: 6.25 million, A18-49: 1.9/ 5

Overall: 2.2
Last week's "Life on Mars" finale: 2.1

The Unusuals: D.O.A.

ABC MAY want to rethink their "extend LOST's running time by (x) minutes so we can insert exactly (x) minutes of promos for our upcoming programming" strategy.



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Did Adam Goldberg die, like the promos lead you to believe?



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    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
    Did Adam Goldberg die, like the promos lead you to believe?
The train stopped mere inches from his giant head.



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    Originally posted by CRZ

    Now, ignoring how over-the-top they made his character's back story (Really? He's a former first baseman for the Yankees AND he owns a diner?)
    (edited by CRZ on 9.4.09 0013)


That diner is the Stage Restaurant in NYC. It's on the corner of 2nd Avenue and St.Marks Place. It has the most outrageous Ukranian soul food in NYC. It is tiny with just a counter with 15 stools. There's normally two 100 year old Ukrainian ladies in the back preparing pirogies, stuffed cabbage and a myriad of other Eastern European delights. It's also cheap as hell. It destroys the massively over-rated and trendy Veselka and is better than Kiev (which has not the same since the "re-model", but being open 24/7 is points in it's favor). A must stop for any New York City trip.

The Stage Restaurant
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(212) 473-8614‎

Oh yeah, Amber Tamblyn is cute. Show was okay.


(edited by NickBockwinkelFan on 10.4.09 0424)

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