Thoughts on Nikita & Terriers

I thought I'd write out some thoughts on these two shows, since I had a chance to see them. I know it's an ecclectic duo of shows.

I'm going to come right out and say I think Terriers will be the best new show this fall. I haven't seen most of them, but I highly doubt anything will be as good based on the pilot. Donal Logue is absolutely great as the lead character Hank; despite having very little in the way of characterization thus far (aside from random lines thrown about), he really made Hank come to life. One scene in particular (
when his ex-wife tells him she's getting married
) was so well acted on his part that I was pulling for him even though by all rights I shouldn't be. The rest of the cast was okay, but they didn't really get a chance to shine aside from James (aka Rene from True Blood, as Donal's partner). I'm very much hoping the show manages to grow an audience - the 1.1 it got in ratings was eh for FX, but it did pretty terribly in the 18-49 group (0.5).

Interestingly, Nikita is a somewhat similar show - both shows are driven primarily by the idea of revenge. While Terriers has a lot of charm, Nikita has a lot of style. The pilot was relatively engaging, and Maggie Q is quite cute (as opposed to hot, which she also is). The acting overall was a little wooden, but then most of the actors are supposed to be emotionless assassins. Hopefully they manage to loosen up a bit before the story starts to demand characterization. I read reviews that compared Nikita to Dollhouse - that is an entirely apt analogy. In fact, through the whole show my biggest thought was that this is what Dollhouse should have been from the start. If it manages to maintain the level of action it did in the pilot while mixing in some decent emotional growth, I think the show will turn out pretty good.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Can't speak to the other show, but I, too, liked Terriers. I've been a fan of Donal Logue for some time, and think this may be his dramatic breakthrough role.
 

Sutekh

Visitor
Well , Im still a bit puzzled. I know La Femme Nakita wasnt just on tv, but it honestly dosnt seem like that long ago. and there is another Nikita already?

As Im in Australia both of these shows will likely appear late at night if at all, and I wont watch them that late. That and they will both start airing in 2012, long after at least one of them had been cancelled.
 

coyote6

Adventurer
I liked Terriers right off the bat; Nikita is a little iffy. It could get good or slide into crap.
 

Fast Learner

Visitor
Agreed, it's surprisingly good! It's much deeper and more emotionally involving than I suspect folks get from watching commercials for it, or even if you just watch the first part of an episode. Donal Logue's character is fantastic.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
And so far, they've shown an willingness to have plotlines that could be potentially devastating.

Which actually reminds me a bit of In Plain Sight.
 
Not just that, but they have a way of telling stories that could really easily be cliche, but come across as very real and organic. Case in point (spoiler for recent eps),
Katie not telling Britt about cheating on him
. That's something that easily crosses over into overused trope territory, but when it happened I got why.

As an aside, Nikita stopped holding my interest - haven't bothered to watch for a few weeks now.
 

Fast Learner

Visitor
Agreed. In fact they seem downright masterful at veering off from those cliches just enough to consistently keep me happy.

The last 2 or 3 minutes of every episode are always truly masterful, solid demonstrations of how great the writing is and, somewhat surprisingly to me at first, how great Donal Logue is.
 

Sutekh

Visitor
Well you guys seemed to be the only 6 or so watching Terriers. Like Rubicon its going to be cancelled soon.
 
Well you guys seemed to be the only 6 or so watching Terriers. Like Rubicon its going to be cancelled soon.
Yeah, it's a real shame. I'm not sure what is responsible for the terrible showing either. At first articles I read blamed the advertising, but with how quickly it dropped viewers I'm not convinced of that. I think it's one part not fitting with FX's style and one part intelligent, serious writing. Which is sad on two counts, but it is what it is.
 

Morrus

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Staff member
Yeah, it's a real shame. I'm not sure what is responsible for the terrible showing either. At first articles I read blamed the advertising, but with how quickly it dropped viewers I'm not convinced of that. I think it's one part not fitting with FX's style and one part intelligent, serious writing. Which is sad on two counts, but it is what it is.
For me, it's simply that I didn't think it was very good; nor did I think it had intelligent, serious writing. But my tastes aren't your tastes.
 

Fast Learner

Visitor
For me, it's simply that I didn't think it was very good; nor did I think it had intelligent, serious writing. But my tastes aren't your tastes.
Terriers? Really? I'm curious, did you watch past the first episode? I think it takes the first two to really show its chops (which spells doom for television shows here, admittedly).
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Terriers? Really? I'm curious, did you watch past the first episode? I think it takes the first two to really show its chops (which spells doom for television shows here, admittedly).
I got about halfway through the third.
 
For me, it's simply that I didn't think it was very good; nor did I think it had intelligent, serious writing. But my tastes aren't your tastes.
You're not the only person I've talked to that has stated those sentiments. That's why I'm not convinced it was solely the advertising.
 

catsclaw227

Visitor
Well you guys seemed to be the only 6 or so watching Terriers. Like Rubicon its going to be cancelled soon.
Make that 7 viewers. :D

I really like Terriers, it seems to flow much better than a typical procedural drama.

How do shows like In Plain Sight, Burn Notice, Psych do so well on USA (all fun shows - me likey) yet on FX, Terriers doesn't get the love? I am guessing it's mostly an advertising problem, since USA ad spams their shows and the whole "characters welcome" is a nice overarching marketing theme.

As for Rubicon, I had no idea that one will be canceled. I really like that one. They don't try to simplify anything and this seasons plot theme was strong. But I had thought Rubicon was more a single season style show with a start and end, like Harpers Island or one of those other planned single season shows.
 

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