It should be noted that I have since moved to just updating the original review, this post was originally broken into seasons. I have tried to update further seasons below the intro. Starting with newest and working back.
- Creator: Bryan Cranston, David Shore
- Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae
- Original Network: Amazon
- First episode date: August 7, 2015
OVERALL: Overall its ok, but the first season was really good.
A con man on the run from a vicious gangster takes cover by assuming the identity of his prison cellmate, Pete, reuniting with his estranged family, that threatens to drag him into a world just as dangerous as the one he’s escaping.
Worth it? Meh…
This review has a bit of spoilers to explain how I feel.
To be honest, I wasn’t too keen on the show for several episodes. The actors are all still great but it didn’t have the same chemistry. Pete and most of “Pete’s Family” were not in contact so we didn’t have the same relationship or interaction as the first season. The premise was a very slow version of Ocean’s 11 and they started introducing too many side characters. Then the introduction of real pete, real pete’s mom and a bunch of other things made this pretty hard to stay focused on for several more episodes.
That being said it was still enjoyable, Giovanni Ribisi makes the show work (along with Margo Martindale). They are great to watch. When they start interacting again things pick up speed and it ends up not being too bad this season. It is a bit of a drudge to push through, but once I was on the other side I don’t regret watching it. I just wished had not gone this direction.
Pros: The storytelling is good but what sells it is the acting by everyone involved. Mostly this rests on Giovani Ribisi and Margo Martindale, but everyone else does put in a bit for it.
Cons: Doesn’t have the same chemistry as the first season, without that chemistry this makes the show just “meh”.
Worth it? Yes
I started watching it as a lark, I was bored and getting ready for work so I started it. Halfway through the first episode I was all in.
I have always liked Giovani Ribisi as an actor. From Saving Private Ryan to Dads, to Avatar. I realize he isn’t what is considered in the superstar status but he is one of those character actors that is great to watch. When you saddle him with Margot Martindale, another awesome character actor you get a lot of good show.
He plays a con man who goes by Pete, who is being hunted after tour in prison. He spent the last few years in prison listening to the stories of the perfect family from his cellmate. He gets out and infiltrates his cell-mate’s family as the cellmate (the cellmate hadn’t seen his family for 20 years or so) using the stories he was told. He does this to avoid the man he owes money to, the phenomenal Bryan Cranston.
The first season covers how he has to then save his brother from Bryan Cranston, while maintaining his new identity. Oh, and the kicker is that the family is a bail bond family, meaning they deal with criminals and are involved in working with the law. This throws even more stress on Pete.
Pros: The storytelling is good but what sells it is the acting by everyone involved.
Cons: Some of the plot lines are typical “keep your identity” shenanigans. It doesn’t handle it badly, I just hate that kind of thing.