Last week, I posted an item about what I thought of TNT’s new police drama, “Saving Grace.” Despite the many flaws I saw (too many sterotypes, scattershot story development, etc.), I said I’d give it one more shot. So I did last night. And quite frankly, I’m done with it.
No disrespect to Holly Hunter, the accomplished actress who holds the title role. But this just isn’t very good TV. The opening scene — again, trying too hard to be Okie without being the least bit genuine — pretty much poisoned the pot. Two cops out deer hunting, dressed in jeans, cowboy boots and flannel shirts. Come on. Even the unitiated are going to know this is no way to bag a 10-point buck (cammo and deer stands, anyone?). From there, the show sprayed various plot elements in shotgun-blast style that left me and my wife wondering what was going on. And since when did Oklahoma City police head out into the oil patch to investigate crimes? With a deer tied down on the hood of their truck?
Maybe I’m being too harsh. But what about plot lines from real parts of the city? Bricktown? South side? Northeast? Asian District? Settings in these places will at least get us out of the oil fields and honky tonks and into the places where most of us actually live, work and play.
Perhaps George Lang, our assistant features editor and entertainment guru, was right. I’m from here, so my view of the show will be forever tainted by my knowledge of the city. I know from some posts we’ve had here, there are people who like the show. Others don’t. As for me, I’ll find something else to do at 9 p.m. on Mondays.
You want a good crime drama with a female lead? Tune in to TNT at 8 p.m. Mondays for “The Closer.” Looking to lose an hour of your life you’ll never get back? Keep watching “Saving Grace.”
Assistant City Editor