Sunday, July 31, 2005


Review: Wanted

A few of my colleagues told me about TNT's new show, Wanted, so I took the time to sit down in front of the tube and see what it's like. The only show I make time for is The Shield, and that's because it's a pretty realistic cop show that takes place in Los Angeles, and makes a point to highlight cases that occurred in real life. While many people watch Law & Order, which is probably the closest you can get to wearing a badge without going through 27 weeks of intensive training, the fact that it takes place in New York (which doesn't give me much to relate to) keeps me from tuning in.

The premise of Wanted is as follows: An elite team is put together to go after LA's most wanted criminals. The team is made up of a seasoned, weathered, tired (and every other cliche of veteran LA cops) leader who calls the shots. Working under him are an ATF field agent, an FBI agent, a Navy Intelligence Officer, and a US Marshal. There's no doubt in my mind that I'm leaving out someone from another agency, but I'm guessing someone will correct me in the comments. On top of tracking down LA's most wanted, the team has to go against a Deputy DA who sounds like she managed to hide her ACLU business card under the pillow just long enough to infiltrate the Office of the District Attorney, where she gives the team a hard time by standing up for the bad guys. But hey, every show needs an antagonist. It just makes it look rather stupid an unrealistic when something occurs that you know wouldn't happen in real life, and it gives people like me who deal with the real life version of this on a daily basis a good reason to not tell others to watch the show.

A good friend told me that he doesn't go to the movies anymore, unless it's for a cartoon, a slapstick comedy, or some type of fantasy Sci-Fi movie. His reason for this is because a good percentage of the movies out there are not realistic from his point of view, or from the point of view of anyone with half a brain. He's absolutely right. Wanted would be a halfway decent show if they could plug the holes that make you want to leave ten minutes into the program. For example, the maximum security prisoner, who is number ninety-eight on the "Wanted list," escapes custody after the Department of Corrections allows him to go to a funeral. At the funeral, one of his gang buddies shoots one of the DOC guys who is standing outside, who then shoots the other DOC guy who is inside of the funeral with him. Who in their right mind can take a show seriously when we're lead to believe the DOC would let a [maximum security] prisoner out of prison to go to a funeral, and then attach two custody assistants to him, both of whom get shot like they've never received a day of training before in their lives.

Granted, it's fiction, and I understand that. This isn't a documentary we're watching, and frankly, a good portion of the people who tuned-in wanted (no pun intended) to see action, not a realistic portrayal of law enforcement agents tracking down bad guys. And if I can say one thing about the show --- a good thing --- it doesn't put cops in the position of good-for-nothing, two-bit, thugs. All of the cops in the series are intelligent and have good hearts, which is slightly redeeming.

Proof once again that there's always a light at the end of every tunnel.

| |

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?