I still like this show, but they'd better start playing to their strengths.
I really, really hate the character of David Shepard and his mother. Not a word that comes out of his mother's mouth sounds natural, and in this series you really need someone who could make those lines work. (I don't think she'd have done well in DEADWOOD either)
As for David, well, there's nothing to him. He likes to play piano. Other than that he's a cipher without any real characterization. I don't necessarily fault the actor on that. I fault the writer.
And besides, what's going on with Ian McShane, Dylan Baker and Brian Cox--and how often are you going to see THOSE three in a show?--is far more interesting, and I resent having to focus on Shepard or the princess, which I think is a sop to the younger folks, and if they want that, there's plenty of TV for them. The truth is that there's more to say in the storyline of those three, so why aren't we getting more of that? Give McShane and Baker more damn screen time, Green! Screw the boring twentynothings. I can't imagine the audience they're trying to get with them even cares.
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