THAT WAS THEN, this is bad. a thirty year old shlmiel
wakes up to find himself reliving being 16 again, and tries
to fix his future problems by being a shmuck then. Realism
does not ensue, nor does excitement, hilarity, or interest.
The episode ends with him being back at 30, discovering
the he did change history, but he’s not satisfied with
the new version either so apparently he’s going back to
fix it again… if the series actually survives to a second
When you name a series HACK, you’re just encouraging
reviewers to give you bad reviews. They want to use the lines
like “the problem with the series is that by its nature, all
its writers are Hack writers, and it shows.” For all I know,
Very Bad Things was a great movie, but with an
inviting title like that they were just begging for bad reviews.
From what I’ve seen elsewhere, Hack has gotten bad
reviews. And it deserves bad reviews. But I don’t think it
deserves reviews quite as bad as it is getting.
Hack stars David Morse (probably best recognized from St. Elsewhere)
as a Philly cop rightfully kicked off the force
for corruption, who has now turned to driving a cab for a living.
Seeking redemption, he helps those who need help — in this
episode, a man whose daughter ran away to Philly. Man in search
of redemption is a good theme, and there is some good texture
here, as the show manages to get the cool quiet feeling of
the nighttime even in its daylight scenes. And hey, I’m
from the Philly area, and I liked seeing the familiar sites
as this was shot on location.
But the scenes were often unconvincing (particularly the
climax), and I suspect there’s not quite enough in the character
to hang a series on. He’d be an interesting character in an
ensemble drama, but he seems a little hollow being given the
full hour to himself. Even the talented Andre Braugher (Homicide)
can’t add much as the cabbie’s old cop partner. I don’t see this
series ever quite putting together the pieces it needs to work,
but I’ll be glad if they prove me wrong.
It’s a late night of watching things from tape, so Robbery
Homicide Division will have to wait for tomorrow. And because
of my limited number of VCRs, I wasn’t able to catch Greetings
From Tuscon, so despite my promise last week, the review will
have to wait until the third episode. To make it up to you, I’ll
give you double your money back…