Eyes brings to the screen an interesting mix. It’s a show about a detective agency, but if the pilot is any indication it will be at least as much about the intrigue within the agency as it is about the cases. The agency at hand isn’t some gritty noir joint full of dames and booze and guns (although, come to think of it, in the first episode we do indeed see dames and booze and guns) but rather an upscale place (albeit one with apparent financial problems). The drama at hand isn’t deep serious real life drama. It’s not angst, it’s villainous competitors, in-house affairs, things of that ilk. The characters each have attitude to a degree that would hurt if this were a more serious show, but this aims toward fun and hits the mark quite well.
Tim Daly plays the lead, a talented if morally flexible detective with some con man instincts. Those of us who are My So-Called Life fans (and if you’ve never tried to become one, the DVDs are available) should be glad to see A.J. Langer again. And if you’re looking at one guy and asking yourself “is that Gunn from Angel?”, the answer is no – the eyes and bald head may be similar, but this is actually a guy from The Magnificent Seven TV series (yeah, I know you don’t remember that, but I was an extra on that one so it sticks in my head) doing what may be the unexpected stand-out job of the piece.
The folks making this did a good job of letting you know by the end of the episode that this is not just a cse-of-the-week episode, that Things Will Be Going On. I know I’ll be watching what happens for at least a few episodes to come. May even watch the first one again, rare for me with a drama (although I do actually find myself watching a couple shows, Two and a Half Men and Arrested development, multiple times these days.)
Oh, and one other thing impressed me during Eyes: an ad. It’s pitching a birth control patch, and the writer of it had a brilliant idea: taking all the “not for women with a history of spontaneous human combustion”-type disclaimers and putting them in the mouth of a doctor who is explaining what the product is for. Brilliant. Suddenly, instead of those Happy Fun Ball-esque warnings having the effect of making the product sound more dangerous than worthwhile, it makes it sound like the doctor is someone who is attentive and cares — and thus, the very suggestion of the product carries more weight. Not that I’m going to rush out and buy one of these patches, mind you, but I can’t help admiring the technique.