American Odyssey has made its mark as an exhilarating, mind blowing thriller. Compared to Homeland, it’s full of mystery, intrigue and is every bit as good. This series is about the discovery of a major American corporation that is funding Islamist terror groups and how that company had a team of American soldiers attacked and killed by private military contractors as a cover up. One female soldier (Sergeant Odelle Ballard) was overlooked when she went to relieve herself in the bushes. All the rest of her team were bombed as she watched from afar. She managed to get away undetected. In the meanwhile, the army notified her family that she was killed by Jihadists, but her 12 year old daughter isn’t buying the story. The conspiracy is so big and so involved that it makes for an excellent series. There are many twist and turns and characters throughout the story that have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Some of the major stand out characters are: Sergeant Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel), who speaks Arabic and is a translator for a Special Forces team sent to Mali to track and kill a top terrorist commander; Frank Majors (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), is an OSELA mercenary who relentlessly peruses Sergeant Odelle Ballard to correct having left her alive; Aslam (Omar Ghazaoui), a young Malian boy who befriends and helps Sgt. Ballard throughout her journey to stay safe and return home; Shakir Khan (Yousef Sweid), is Aslam’s uncle and famous television “drag queen” personality who put everything on the line to help his nephew and Sgt. Ballard; Suzanne Ballard (Sadie Sink), is the daughter of Odelle and Ron Ballard who doesn’t believe her mother is dead based on evidence she’s gathered and heard; Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli), is a former US Attorney, now working for Simon-Wachtel in business intelligence, has also picked up on this conspiracy and is working on his own to investigate and prove his findings; Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson), is a political activist who becomes involved after he meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive coverup involving the military; Ruby Simms (Daniella Pineda), a Hitwoman/Assassin for SOC who is pretending to be a Freelance Reporter for the Times; Bob Offer (Nate Mooney), is an Activist and Hacker who also has email proof that shows Sgt. Ballard was not killed with her team as the military reported; Luc Girad (Gregory Fitoussi), is a French “facilitator” (drug dealer) who has involved himself in Sgt. Ballard’s and Aslam’s problems for his own survival; Colonel Stephen Glen (Treat Williams), is a high-ranking officer of the United States Africa Command. Heavily involved in the coverup and a deceitful old friend of Sergeant Ballard’s family; Julia (Allison Mack) is a military intelligence analyst who befriends Suzanne, Sgt. Ballard’s daughter; Michael Banks (Connor Trinneer), Ruby Simms’ boss and love interest who delegates assignments to her; Ron Ballard (Jim True-Frost), is the husband of Odelle Ballard.
I’ve tried to stir your curiosity by giving you a thorough look into the adventure of a series, I think, really tops them all. American Odyssey is truly a “don’t miss” experience and currently airs on NBC. Check it out!
SADLY, AMERICAN ODYSSEY HAS BEEN CANCELLED! I’VE PASSED ON HOW GOOD THIS SERIES IS TOO MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY — ALL WHO WATCHED AGREED, SO WHAT HAPPENED? DID IT HIT TOO CLOSE TO HOME OR DID IT GIVE IDEAS TO THE PUBLIC? WHATEVER THE FACTS, IT’S GONE! A TRULY GOOD SERIES HAS, ONCE AGAIN, LEFT US WITHOUT EXPLANATION. THUMBS DOWN TO NBC FOR NOT GIVING THIS GREAT SERIES A SECOND CHANCE!
Posted in RIP TV SERIES
Tagged american odyssey, anna friel, aslam, frank majors, mali, omar ghazaoui, OSELA, peter decker, peter facinelli, sadie sink, sergeant odelle ballard, terrorist
The Slap has an impressive cast but doesn’t appear to have the potential for a long story line. In fact, it’s an American mini series, based on an Australian adaptation of the same name. So far, only the pilot has aired so there’s not a whole lot to report on, regarding the quality of the series. I found some parts of this story quite repulsive. An unruly 5 year old brat at a family, birthday barbeque is pulling up the hostess’s garden, destroying classic vinyl records, refusing to acknowledge he’s been called out after the 3rd strike in a softball game and the worst of all, being breast fed by his mom Rosie (Melissa George) every time he gets out of order. Hugo’s father, Gary (Thomas Sadoski) observes but does nothing. The slap was caused when Hugo repeatedly kicked an adult, Harry (Zachary Quinto) in the shins because Harry was trying to discipline Hugo as he swung a bat at the other children. I must say, the whole scene brought up plenty emotions. It’s hard to sit there and not have any input however, it’s only a TV series. In the meanwhile, the star couple, 39 year old Hector Apostolou (Peter Sarsgaard) and Aisha Apostolou (Thandie Newton) are having a 40th birthday for Hector and Hector is obsessing over his under aged children’s baby sitter, Connie (Makenzie Leigh). In pops Anouk (Uma Thurman), with a very young date and observes Hector having a private moment with Connie. There’s lots going on in this series, including the fact that Harry is a cocky hot head. I have mixed feelings about The Slap — I hope it’s gets better because other than the slap, I found it a tad boring with a lot of the same old scenarios, like Hector’s mid life crisis. Dylan Schombing brilliantly plays Hugo, the 5 year old, undisciplined child. The Slap airs on NBC and is a tolerable mini series that will run for 8 episodes.
Posted in Dramas, Mini Series, RIP TV SERIES
Tagged 5 year old, anouk, connie, dylan schombing, gary, harry, hugo, makenzie leigh, melissa george, mini series, rosie, the slap, thomas sadoski, uma thurman, zzachary quinto
There are several series out that deal with national and international affairs but there are none that deal on the level of Allegiance. A couple, Katya (Hope Davis) and Mark O’Connor (Scott Cohen) are retired Russian spies or as the pilot suggest, current sleeper cells. The O’Connor’s have 3 children, Natalie (Margarita Levieva), Alex (Gavin Stenhouse) and Sarah (Alexandra Peters). Sarah is also a Russian Sleeper Cell but her brother, Alex is a gifted CIA analyst who is assigned to a joint FBI/CIA investigation into a SVR plot to destroy critical infrastructure within the United States. Their younger sister, Sarah, has no clue as to the whole spy endeavor. Alex also has no clue about his sister, Natalie, or his parents true lifestyle. In fact Katya is the only family member originally from Russia. She recruited her husband and daughter. Katya and her husband have no desire to spy or carry out any Russian task but are being threatened by the SVR ( Sluzhba Vneshnei Razvedki (Russian Foreign Intelligence Service; post cold war intelligence service). As an alternative to recruiting their son, Alex, who is “unrecruitable”, the O’Connors have agreed to spy on their son, giving the SVR access and information that will keep them several steps ahead of the FBI and CIA during their investigations regarding their (Russia’s) plot against the US. Allegiance is very well written and very informative. I find the series intelligent, entertaining and suspenseful. I think it’s going to be around for a while. Allegiance airs on NBC — check it out!
Obviously, I really liked this series, however, I just found out it’s been cancelled after 5 episodes.
Posted in Action, Dramas, RIP TV SERIES, Thriller/Mystery, TV/CABLE CRITIQUES
Tagged alex, alexandra peters, allegiance, cia, fbi, gavin stenhouse, hope davis, katya o'connor, margarita levieva, mark o'connor, natalie, russians, sarah, scott cohen, sleeper cells, spies, spy russia, svr
I really like this new series. I’ve watched 2 episodes so far and I find myself quite intrigued. The series opens with an explanation as to the condition of Dr. Henry Morgan played by Ioan Gruffudd. 200 years ago, Dr. Morgan was employed on an African slave trade ship where he was asked to execute a black man for being sick. Since the man was not really sick, he refused to execute him. The captain of the ship raised his sword to execute Dr. Morgan but something unexplainable happened and Dr. Morgan woke up in a near by river with no clothes on, alive and well. Unbeknownst to him, at that time, he would never die. In the meanwhile he meets a beautiful woman named Abigail, played by Mackenzie Mauzy, whom he wedded and told his secret to. It was during world war II when they found an orphaned baby in a German camp and raised him as their own. At present Dr. Morgan is still 35 years old and his wife Abigail has passed. It hasn’t been revealed how and why she died, but their child Abe, played by Judd Hirsch is now in his 60s and retrieves Dr. Morgan from the river every time he dies. Currently, Dr. Morgan is a NY Chief Medical Examiner and is sharper than anyone he works with. He has befriended a female detective named Jo Martinez, played by Alana De La Garza who he now helps with solving her police cases. She doesn’t know his secret but is impressed by his keen observation skills. Someone named Adam is claiming to be in the same dilemma as Dr. Morgan, but instead of 200 years, Adam is claiming 2,000 years and is calling Henry constantly with tidbits about his life. There’s a lot to this plot — I hope Forever sticks around for a while, as I find it very entertaining and quite the thrill ride. Forever airs on ABC.
[Despite fan and cast protest, FOREVER has been cancelled. I am truly sorry to see this series go.]
Posted in Dramas, RIP TV SERIES, SciFi/Fantasy, Thriller/Mystery, TV/CABLE CRITIQUES
Tagged 35 years old, abe, abigail, adam, alana de la garza, chief medical examiner, dr henry morgan, forever, german camp, ioan gruffudd, jo martinez, judd hirsch, mackenzie maurzy
As an adventure, Crossbones drags a little, making it somewhat hard to get into. I decided to watch this period piece because of John Malkovitch. He is such a brilliant actor, I couldn’t see myself missing out on a series that features him. Having said that, Crossbones is not as exciting or as entertaining as I expected. The story takes place in the 18th century (1712) in the Bahamian island of New Providence. It is said that who ever owns a device called the Longitude Chronometer, which can tell a sailor exactly where he is in the world, controls the seas. When this device is stolen, Tom Lowe, an undercover assassin played by Richard Coyle is commissioned by the British to seek out and kill the infamous pirate, Edward Teach better known as Blackbeard. Obviously, Blackbeard and his band of pirates are suspected of stealing the device. Upon finding Blackbeard, played by John Malkovich, Tom ends up joining forces with him to save England. This may sound a little confusing but believe me it’s well explained in the series. Just when Tom thinks he has completed his mission, something happens to keep him and his faithful assistant, Tim Fletch (Chris Perfetti), in the magical grip of Blackbeard’s charismatic character and irrefutable logic. As I said, Crossbones is a little slow captivating it’s audience, but it’s getting better as it is aging with time. Crossbones is definitely not the best of the Blackbeard stories. Crossbones is currently airing on the NBC network, Fridays and is not for everyone. Unfortunately, Crossbones has been cancelled!
Posted in Action, Dramas, RIP TV SERIES, SciFi/Fantasy, TV/CABLE CRITIQUES
Tagged 1712, bahamian island, blackbeard, british, chris perfetti, crossbones, edward teach, england, john malkovitch, longitude chronometer, new providence, private, richard coyle, sailor, tim fletch, ton lowe
After only 2 episodes, Black Box is a hit. This series is about Catherine Black, a neuroscientist who works at the Center for Neurological Research and Treatment, and who happens to be Bi-Polar. Dr. Black, played by Kelly Reilly, is practicing without revealing her disease. While she is undergoing therapy with a psychologist (Dr. Hartramph) played by Vanessa Redgrave, she continues to skip taking her meds and confesses all results of her behavioral problems. Meanwhile, Dr. Black has a daughter who is being raised by her sister-in-law and her brother. Of course the child doesn’t know her favorite aunt is really her mother. Dr. Black also has a fiancé who she’s revealing, little by little, her character along with her many secrets. So far, the series focuses on strange and unique cases of people with neuro or psychological problems. Each week Dr. Black and her team resolves their problems. Black Box slightly reminds me of House without the rudeness. This appears to be an excellent series with interesting plots. Check this one out.
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Tagged bi-polar, black box, dr black, dr hartramph, kelly reilly, neuroscientist, psychologist, strange, treatment, vanessa redgrave
I’m giving Rake a rating of 8 because it so entertaining, I can’t give it any less. It’s wild, crazy and totally unrealistic. It’s almost bordering on being a fantasy. Keegan Deane played by Greg Kinnar, is a lawyer with a gambling and sex problem. He really belongs nowhere. He’s estranged from his wife and son but remain friends. He had a tiny practice, but lost it all to gambling debts that he still hasn’t paid. He has more than his share of true friends and a very loyal assistant named Leanne Zander played by British actress, Tara Summers (best know for Boston Legal). Deane has managed to have sex with every nationality of woman and from every walk in society, including a hooker that he is practically in love with. He lives from pillar to post. His best friend owns a law firm and has hired him to help get some of the less sophisticated cases resolved. Keegan’s antics are outrageous and he’s well known among the judges. Despite his up-side down world, he seems to always win. He’s smart, clever and extremely street smart. I like this show because it makes me feel uninhabited and it makes me lmao. I’ve always been a fan of Greg Kinnar and I’m happy to see his career taking off. I really think if you’re looking for an escape from the everyday hum-drum series, get into Rake. I’m not sure why it’s called Rake but I think it’s a keeper. Rake currently airs on FOX. Rake has been cancelled — Maybe there’s just too many series on TV!
Posted in Dramas, RIP TV SERIES, TV/CABLE CRITIQUES
Tagged boston legal, british, estranged, gambling, greg kinnar, hooker, judges, keegan deane, lawyer, leanne zander, rake, sex, tara summers