The Afterthought – Reel Focus blogger’s initial reaction to a new television show, new film release or television show season premiere.
There has been some talk that ‘The Player’ may not be a good as all the hype surrounding it. Variety didn’t seem to be so fond of the show saying ‘the premiere talks a lot about gambling, in terms of a second season, don’t bet on it.’ On a much more positive note, Deadline Hollywood paints a rosier picture saying ‘the well-honed skills and sheer star muscle of Wesley Snipes– which lifts the drama to a much more interesting place than you’d first expect.’ Clearly, I’m torn right down the middle. So, instead of dealing with the good or the bad hype, I decided to watch it for myself to find out what’s really going on. Here’s what I came up with.
My Synopsis of the Episode
The pilot show started out with Alex Kane protecting an international family at a prestigious hotel. This hotel was supposed to be airtight with its security but in the first scene someone breached security and places the family at risk. Alex Kane of course saves the day by thinking fast and outsmarting the criminal who tries to kill the family. In the nick of time, he breaks through a window and tackles the bad guy. Well this is how it begins – in high action – so you know this is how the show must proceed through this episode and throughout its duration on television; otherwise it will get boring.
Luckily, it didn’t get boring for me. The high action continued. Seemingly every scene was full of thrills that kept me interested. After his brief encounter with danger, Alex faces another dilemma. His girlfriend who loves him dearly ends up murdered by an intruder and the cops try to pin it on him because he is the only one who supposedly witnesses this intruder. After this scene, a mysterious woman named Cassandra King who is a part of a criminal organization appears and ‘kidnaps’ Alex. She takes him to meet, Mr. Johnson, the leader of the organization that intends to make Alex a player in a vicious game of betting on whether a crime will occur or not. The only way the crime will not happen is if Alex can intervene in time.
After his first test bet at the casino, the head of the organization welcomes him to their headquarters to explain more to him about the origins of their organization. Alex becomes disgruntled after what they reveal because he feels they could have kept his girlfriend from getting murdered since they seem to know beforehand about a crime before it takes place. After their brief discussion and a brief struggle, Alex goes back out on a mission to save the daughter of the international family who had been kidnapped and held for ransom. Kane realizes that the breach of security that keeps occurring must be because of an insider and the trail leads right to the head of their security team who had been orchestrating these security breaches. Alex must intervene to save their daughter before the culprits kill her. He does but the cops come pouring in to arrest him. Ironically, the FBI exonerates him and who is the head of the FBI. Why Mr. Johnson of course.
The Afterthought – My Take on the Season Premiere
What can I say? I like it. I was worried when I read the initial critiques but I wasn’t displeased with the television pilot at all. It left me wanting more. As I revealed in a previous article, I’m not usually excited about network television shows but network TV is really upping their game this season. Before watching the show, I was really excited about Wesley Snipes’ role. However, upon watching it, I must say that Philip Winchester bought his A game too. There was never a dull moment in this first episode and I hope that the writers can keep this momentum going. I’m really looking forward to these fight scenes that Wesley Snipes is supposed to perform himself (not stunt men) according to what John Rogers informed us about in his article. If you missed that interview, view it here.
Looks like to me, the cards were played right on this show – no pun intended. I think this may be my new Thursday must-see television show. I just hope others feel the same.
IMDb TV Show Synopsis
From the executive producers of The Blacklist comes a new edge-of-your-seat Las Vegas thrill ride starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester. Running a high-stakes game of life and death, pit boss Mr. Johnson enlists Alex Kane, a former military man, to race against the clock to stop unthinkable crimes. Place your bets.
TV Show Directors
Michael J. Bassett
TV Show Writer(s)
Damon Gupton , Wesley Snipes , Charity Wakefield, Nick Wechsler, Philip Winchester , Chris Degner