The Afterthought – Reel Focus Editor’s initial reaction to a new television show, new film release or television show season premiere.
I’ll admit that this television show is not something that I would typically watch but I was intrigued by the previews. Initial reviews on the show claimed that this show is like the 80s television show Dynasty; however this is not what drew me in. I think what sparked my interest was seeing Don Johnson on screen doing a show in a small town. This is quite a drastic change from his role in his younger years on Miami Vice. So, I tuned into it and this is what I got from it.
My Synopsis of the Episode
Cody and Billy are a young married couple who set out to start a family business in Patchwork, North Dakota. The episode seems to gain traction when Cody and Billy are on the way to North Dakota and flip their pickup truck carrying their product. Luckily, they don’t sustain major injuries from the accident but it does cause a setback for them in terms of their entrepreneurial dreams. They arrive in town, desperately looking for a place to stay and jobs. Cody finds a job at a local pharmacy and asks for an advance on her paycheck to purchase a place for them to live. Billy finds a job as a day laborer moving mud for oil tycoon Hap Briggs. Unfortunately, he is fired the same day due to a mishap with Hap’s son, Wick. This news is disappointing for his wife because she finds out the same day that she is pregnant. Billy assures her that they will make something happen despite seemingly endless streak of bad news.
Fearful of what the future will hold for her and their unborn baby, Cody is ready to give up until she overhears a customer at the pharmacy talking about the “McCutchen Land.” This is land that Hap Briggs plans to buy in order to dig for oil. She figures that if Billy could buy the land and intercept the deal, they could make a small fortune for themselves and get back on track to living their entrepreneurial dreams. Of course acquiring the easement isn’t easy considering Billy and Cody don’t have any major collateral. However, Billy’s quick thinking and Cody’s gold and diamond necklace allow them to raise the money necessary to close the deal before the Briggs company representatives could.
Billy and Cody successfully intercept the deal and make 1 million dollars and also talk Hap Briggs into giving up 5 percent on any oil that they discover on the land. This brings the two families closer together as business partners leaving Hap’s son permanently out of the picture. Wick despises his father and his new wife, Darla, and after having been disowned by his father, he wants nothing more than to get back at them by stealing their oil to start his own business. The episode ends with Wick’s plan to steal oil foiling. Caught red-handed, Wick points a gun at his father but Billy knocks him down and tries to wrestle the gun from Wick. The gun is accidentally discharged and a spark from the gun sets the oil on fire leaving the audience on edge from this major cliff hanger – will the two of them burn up in the fire?
The Afterthought – My Take on the Season Premiere
As I said before, this show is not something that I would normally watch but I’m glad I did. The first thing that struck me is how beautiful the backdrop for this TV show is. The North Dakota landscape is simply breathtaking. Another thing that I liked was the small-town feel that came across the screen. City life is pretty much all I am accustomed to, so it was interesting to get a glimpse of small town life through this interesting tale.
Aside from the beautiful cinematography, I think that the first episode panned out like any other new show. It really wasn’t intense but it was just enough to make you want more. So far, we know that Hap Briggs’s son, Wick, is a disgruntled troublemaker that keeps making his millionaire father look bad. Hap disowns him after the accident on the land that ends up costing him over a million dollars. From that point on, Wick is determined to carve out a niche for himself in order to compete effectively with his father. While tension is building in the Briggs family between father and son, Cody and Billy too are desperately trying to carve out a niche for themselves using the Briggs name. Their motives, though underhanded, aren’t as malicious as Wick Briggs’ motives are. Although Billy is new to this entrepreneurship thing, I think he does a good job at purchasing the McCutchen land from Mr. Lundgren and selling it to the Briggs family, making a huge profit for himself in the process. His wife Cody’s smart thinking allowed for this deal to be possible. Hap is impressed with this young man’s bold business move and he welcomes Billy in as the son he wish he had.
At the end of the episode, we see Wick trying to break into Hap’s oil brigg and take steal some oil along with an acquaintance but they are intercepted by Hap and Billy. Wick discharges a gun and the spark from the electricity lands in the oil that Billy and Wick are wrestling in and sets the pool of oil on fire. Will they burn up? Obviously not because then the show would have no purpose but I really want to know how they got out of the oil before it caught on fire. This is where the first episode ended and that was quite enough to make me tune in next week. This show left me realizing that small town drama can be more exciting that I initially assumed.
IMDb TV Show Synopsis
A couple looks to cash in on the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota.
TV Show Directors
Jonas Pate, Mikael Salomon
TV Show Writer(s)
Rodes Fishburne, Josh Pate
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