Sons'n Daughters'n Daughter

Sons & Daughters seems aimed at the hole left by the exit of Arrested Development. It’s another story about a family of aggressive and directed disfunction, and while it doesn’t have the same texture as AD, it differs from the default sitcom in the same areas. This is a sitcom with some improvised dialog – which they quite oddly announce at the start of the episode, as though they have to warn about it so that you can protect your children from improvisation. (A lot of people assume that Arrested Development was largely improv scenes, but it wasn’t; it’s probably the handheld documentary camera look of it that caused the to believe that.) The show has some interesting cast members – Max Gail of Barney Miller, Dee Wallace of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, and so forth – and is reasonably well produced.

So, is it good? That’s actually a tough questions for me to answer, and the reason for that goes to why my reviews are a bit spotty these days. With young Allison around to be taken care of, I often watch shows in fits and starts, or under strongly distracted conditions. The two episodes that have aired thus far have been subjected to that problem, and a comedy of this sort needs to be allowed to flow.

Similarly, I cannot tell you whether the new film 16 blocks is good. It’s smoothly produced, it definitely has moment, and I have a weakness for its theme of redemption. But I can tell you that director Richard Donner’s choice of having a 16 month old girl run around through the theater, drop popcorn on the floor, and cry intermittently from tiredness throughout the last third of the picture scuttles the other points he makes.

(Question: has David Morse ever played anything other than the bad guy in his entire post-St. Elsewhere career?)

Published in: on March 13, 2006 at 12:49 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. Well, he was a bad guy seeking redemption in Hack, if that counts.

  2. Yes, I thought of David Morse in Hack too.

    I haven’t seen him in too many films, but one I did see was Proof of Life in which he played Meg Ryan’s husband who had been kidnapped by South American guerillas.

    Other than those two things I only personally have seen a little bit of him in The Green Mile a year or so ago when it was on ABC, but I didn’t see enough of it to know if he was a goodie or a baddie, but he didn’t stand out to me as a bad guy in the part(s) I saw.

  3. Yeah, I shoulda thought about Hack; I was mainly thinking of a few film roles where he was quietly creepy. Hadn’t seen Proof of Life.

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