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Prodigal Son (FOX)

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    I watched this because Chris Fedak created it, and I loved "Chuck" back in the day. The pilot is currently available for free on Vudu.

    It's sort of like Silence of the Lambs, if Hannibal Lecter had been Clarice's estranged father.

    There are basically two series here: a mildly quirky police procedural, and a really twisted family drama.

    I found myself getting bored with the police procedural part, but sucked in by the family drama.

    The main character is really smart. But more interestingly, his entire immediate family is really smart. Michael Sheen has the juiciest role, as the main character's serial killer father. But his mother (played by Bellamy Young) is also really sharp, even if she doesn't always want people to know it. And his journalist sister is also a talented investigator. The pilot's greatest pleasures came from watching the main character read his family members, and watching his family members read him.
     
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    Another series I wasn't planning on watching, but I did like the pilot episode so I'll stick a little longer with it.
     
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    Well, the second episode confirmed my early suspicion about his
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    . The procedural part of the episode was rather weak except the opening crime scene sequence.
     
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    For my money, the Whitlys are the most interesting family on television.

    Tom Payne's performance has improved significantly since the pilot, toning down the nervous tics so that the instability comes from a more internal place.

    Bellamy Young is phenomenal as the family matriarch. Jessica Whitly is an incredibly complicated woman.

    In some ways, I think Ainsley visiting the Surgeon is the most dangerous of the three of them; she's smart like the rest of the family, but she has certain narcissistic qualities that Martin has but her mother and brother don't.

    The cases of the week are fine, but it's the family drama that keeps me coming back. Hopefully they don't drag this show out like "The Blacklist", where there's so many wrinkles and complications and misdirects that the whole thing becomes a muddled mess.

    In other news, "Prodigal Son" Scores First Full-Season Pickup Of New Fall Season From Fox.
     
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    I have a hard time believing that the mother didn't know about her husband.
     
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    The show's explanation that she thought he was having affairs tracks for me, though if that's the case there had to be another reason she was so scared of him.
     
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    If it was just afraid of affairs then why that segment about the red dress as she searched for it then had that flashback moment?
     
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    If you re-watch the scene with her in the red dress and Martin in his tuxedo, it totally reads as being about an affair.
     
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    Then why she called him a monster? Dudes having affairs are called names, but not that one.
     
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    Bold move to do an episode without the father, the show's most interesting character, this early into its run.

    This show is, first and foremost, a family drama. And I think the point of this episode was to drive home that Gil's assembled a little work family of his own.
     
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    This is proving to be my favorite of the fall's new shows.

    We learned more about Martin tonight than we did in all of the episodes before. What made him snap, how he manipulated the situation, and the version of himself he wanted to present to both his daughter and the world as a result of that manipulation.

    The bit with the old landline ringing, while ludicrous, was effectively creepy. It must be nice to be so rich that you can pay for an unused landline for decades without even realizing it.
     
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    The first episode without any present day Martin Whitly scenes whatsoever. The show does work without him physically present.

    Is Jessica freaked because she's afraid that Junkyard Killer is going to come after her, or is she freaked by what the Junkyard Killer may reveal?

    Ainsley's lack of empathy with her cameraman boyfriend was interesting. She made a couple of half-hearted attempts to go through the motions, but he was first and foremost a good story to her. Like Martin, Ainsley strives for perfection in her chosen work. There are a number of scripted shows airing currently that do a really lousy job of portraying journalism. This one gets a lot more right than most of them.

    Nice to see Sheriff Brock Lotus from "Banshee" pop up as Father Leo. A pity about his hand.

    I was glad that JT asked about the phone bill having been paid all these years for a line buried behind a wall. And the answer was pretty much what I predicted: Jessica is so rich that she paid for an unused landline for decades without even realizing it.
     
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    I'm not sure I'll continue with this show beyond this season as I find that Whity family just an unlikable bunch. Right now, Ainsley is the one that I dislike the most after this latest episode.
     

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