This discussion has been posted a little late but, time being what it is….
I’m not watching the show, but if people want to discuss it, I’ll keep posting the opportunity. We welcome reviews from Bureau readers, and can send you the official review template, if you would like.
Honestly, if there are discussions on it I’ll probably just keep coming in them just to complain about this show being a pale imitation of the British version.
This appears to be a common reaction. What, specifically, doesn’t work as well in the U.S. version?
For one, it doesn’t have the pure style the British version had. The clothing, the music, the dialog, all are FAR superior in the original.
Then there’s the acting. No disrespect to Harvey Keitel, but he is just NOT Gene Hunt. Not if you’ve seen the original. Gretchen Mol is just NOT Annie.
It’s also a hell of a lot more Politically Correct than the British version. A lot of this is due to American TV being, frankly, stupid, but some of it is just, blah. Like Annie’s character being a Strong Woman. Her character has to develop into that on the British version.
Add to that that the plots (so far) have been virtually IDENTICAL, and it’s just perplexing that they didn’t just buy the British version. Do they think that Americans are too dumb to understand what Manchester is?
Also it’s "Sam Tyler".