IGN – The pilot for FOX’s Lethal Weapon series screened for fans at San Diego Comic-Con and we’ve got an advance spoiler-free review for you. The premiere episode will air Wednesday, September 21st.
Cutting to the chase, I enjoyed the Lethal Weapon pilot more than I anticipated.
Like, I assume, most of you, I was — and for the most part still am — against the rebooting of Lethal Weapon. I’m against most reboots just based on principal, in general, but I can still be wrong – like with Hannibal and Fargo (even though Fargo acts more like a spiritual adaptation/sequel). Basically, there was no point to turning Lethal Weapon into a TV show when the original films are still easily accessible and, in the case of the first two, still hold up.
But I won’t spend this entire review arguing about the actual validity of the show or making a case for or against why it should exist as a thing. It exists. We can’t change that. Let’s see if it works.
And it does. Mostly due to Clayne Crawford’s performance as rambunctiously traumatized cop Martin Riggs. Being a fan of Sundance TV’s Rectify, Clayne Crawford’s casting was the thing that initially caught my interest about this show. He’s so damn good on Rectify — which tonally is very different, of course — that I’ll admit to getting a little excited about hearing he’d be Riggs. And it turns out that excitement was justified.
THE WRAP – Critics Choice Award-nominated actor also tells TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell about his upcoming movie “Spectral”
Season 4 of “Rectify” will mark the end of the show’s run on SundanceTV, and Clayne Crawford hopes that his character will go out with a bang.
“Teddy has had such a rough go at it, you know?” Crawford told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell. “I would like there to be something redeeming for Teddy. Maybe for him to kill Tawney, and then him end up in prison. Why not, you know? It would be exciting!”
The actor, a nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at Sunday’s Critics Choice Awards, was recently cast in David E. Kelly’s new drama “Trial” for Amazon opposite Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
Creator Ray McKinnon’s series achieves an austere command of the varieties of religious experience to which few recent works of American art have even aspired. It’s devotional television.
As former death row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) addresses the press in the pilot episode of “Rectify” (Sundance TV), the camera moves like a supplicant shifting from one foot to the other. His conviction in the rape and murder of 16-year-old Hanna Dean two decades earlier vacated due to new DNA evidence, Daniel speaks with the soft assurance of a philosopher, or a priest, explaining the ordeal as a “strict routine” of despair suddenly disrupted by new hope.
“I had convinced myself that kind of optimism served no useful purpose in the world where I existed,” he says. “Obviously, this radical belief system was flawed and was, ironically, a kind of fantasy itself. At the least, I feel that those specific coping skills were best suited to the life there behind me. I doubt they will serve me so well for the life in front of me.”
Faith, broadly defined, is rarely taken seriously on American television, for all the supposed influence it has in our society. By comparison with greed, or fame, or power, religion as an animating force in the lives of fictional characters seems almost quaint, a relic of bygone days and retrograde opinions, or otherwise the scrim behind which corruption hides. “Rectify,” by contrast, registers as a “radical belief system” of its own, not because it evangelizes on behalf of a particular creed but because it explores the terrain on which faith and doubt meet in such crisp, painstaking detail. Among its many other merits, creator Ray McKinnon’s series achieves an austere command of the varieties of religious experience to which few recent works of American art have even aspired. It’s devotional television.
You’re going to be hearing quite a lot from us about Drew Hall’slatest film”Convergence,” an independent supernatural horror/thriller hybrid from Frame 29 Films that I’ve been truly lucky enough to see in advance of its festival run and release. The reason you’ll be hearing quite a lot about it from us (and I’m sure from multiple other sources as it starts to do the rounds) is that it is really very, very good. A twisty-turny movie from start to finish, Convergence is a terrific film which I really can’t recommend highly enough for sheer entertainment value.