Test Pilot: File #37, Cupid

Test Pilot #37: Cupid Debut date: September 26, 1998 Series legacy: Intriguing high-concept (but not too high-concept) premise cut down not once, but twice in a decade Welcome back to Test Pilot guys and gals! With that extra-special Joss Whedon Theme Week behind us, it’s time to fall back into the typical, but still lovely…… Continue reading Test Pilot: File #37, Cupid

Pilot rapid-fire review: The Playboy Club

The next couple weeks are going to be insane. There are so many new series debuting and unfortunately, there is only so much time in the day for me to write about television while balancing my “real” life. You know, the one I spend on Twitter. ANYWAY, I’m going to try to touch on each…… Continue reading Pilot rapid-fire review: The Playboy Club

Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

I’ll be perfectly honest with you dear readers: I stopped watching The Chicago Code three or four weeks ago. With the end of the semester and various other things weighing me down, I had to free up some time and ditch Code was one of the things that helped me do that. I let episodes…… Continue reading Season/Series Finale — The Chicago Code, “Mike Royko’s Revenge”

The Chicago Code, “St. Valentine’s Day”

This review is going to be short, not a lot of time this afternoon. If The Chicago Code is going to succeed in the long-term, it has to do one of two things: A.) Either make Delroy Lindo’s Gibbons the most intelligent and cunning corrupt politician of all-time (and thus impossible to catch) or B.)…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “St. Valentine’s Day”

The Chicago Code, “Wild Onions”

Heat wave episodes are fun. It’s a go-to gimmick for television series, but one of the better ones. “The heat makes people do crazy things!” is an easy, but effective premise to start building an episode around, especially on a police drama that requires people to do crazy things on a weekly basis. The Chicago…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Wild Onions”

The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

The Chicago Code is so close to becoming a really great television series, but every week there are some random shortcuts or plot issues that bring individual episodes down just enough to annoy or frustrate me. This week’s effort, “Cabrini-Green,” is absolutely no different. There is so much to like about Code. I think all…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Cabrini-Green”

The Chicago Code, “Hog Butcher”

As I and other, real critics like to talk about, second episodes are tricky, especially for series’ with a lot going on. Pilots are intended to hook the viewers in with great characters, big moments and a nice, established world, but when the second episode rolls around, it’s time to really think about what the…… Continue reading The Chicago Code, “Hog Butcher”

Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”

Because Shawn Ryan’s new police drama on FOX was up for the network’s fall schedule last spring, it feels like we’ve been talking about and waiting for The Chicago Code (formerly Ride-Along) for a very long time and the anticipation has been building. This has probably only been compounded by the fact that Shawn Ryan’s other…… Continue reading Series Premiere — The Chicago Code, “Pilot”