4.02.2016

2 episodes in, and I'm still not down with #TheCatch

 
Is Shondaland feeling nostalgic or something?  Because I swear the lead character of their new show, The Catch, is copy of a lead character from their old show, Grey's Anatomy.  Same complexion and skin type, same body shape, same raspy voice, same bad choices when it comes to dealing with men.

'Cause don't let the above image fool you.  Rose Rollins is not the lead in the The Catch.  It's White actress Mireille Enos as high-priced private eye Alice Vaughn.  And if there was one thing Shondaland didn't need to unveil, it was another yet another Meredith Grey.

Rose Rollins is the supportive best friend and business partner Valerie Anderson.  Like Alice, she's a private eye in their cushy chrome and glass tower.  Unlike Alice, Valerie's scenes are fewer and less exciting than Alice's.  There's also Nicole Pettis, a Black actress portraying their receptionist Robin...but I'm really not in the mood to go there right now.  Korean-American actor Jay Hayden is also on the show, but like Valerie and Robin, his scenes don't do anything for me.  And while I love, love, love the idea of an African Interpol agent named Jules Dao, his scenes are not compelling either.

Then there's the story...if you can even call it that.



Why oh why is Alice Vaughn not being portrayed by a woman of color? An Asian or Latina would've been perfect for this role, seeing as when it comes to casting the central character on a show, Shondaland & Co. really need to to learn their options extend far beyond Black and White.

The casting of the lead - by itself - is a turn-off, but the plot of the pilot was appalling.  Alice is supposed to be this bad-ass, super clever PI....but she's outwitted by a dude using a textbook con.  And I do mean textbook; once they broke down how he got to her, all I could think was...how the hell did she miss that???

Have any of you watched this absolute faux pas?  What did you think?

11 comments:

  1. I watched the two episodes myself, and like you, I still don't find any appeal...yet. The series didn't start off with a bang, but with more like a small pop. The characters don't seem highly interesting to me so far. It all might change as the series progresses, but so far, I'm not hyped up about it.

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    1. Right there with you. The casting is there, but the writing is do damn weak and predictable.

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  2. I knew this show would be boring the moment I saw the previews and how they tried to make it appear as more than it is. Thanks for confirming my suspicions. They could have done a way better job with the overall package.

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    1. I didn't even know this show existed until I saw the pilot on Hulu and was like, "Huh? What's that?" I ignored it for a couple of days, then out of boredom was like, "Why not?"

      Should've just kept on moving.

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    2. I will be shallow and admit that part of my reasoning for not watching it was when the narrator called it the most sexiest cat and mouse game on tv and none of the people involved were attractive. *Kanye shrug*

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    3. That actually made me laugh out loud. Yes, it may be shallow, but it's... also true. Once I saw the trailer, I wished I'd seen it sooner. I wouldn't have bothered with the show.

      Shonda Rhimes is rapidly becoming the M. Night Shyamalan of television. There was a time when her name was reason alone to watch a show. But now....

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    4. TheSecretNinja20014/5/16, 6:50 PM

      i passed on the show for the exact same reason and also because it's Shonda. i'm so DONE with her other shows, i couldn't be bothered to get with this crap, and i'm glad i didn't.

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  3. I confess..I have lost total interest in all of Shonda's pictures. I have yet to watch The Catch and I just no interest in watching it. I don't know. When Shonda first came out with her stuff, she was really hot with her work. Now..she's had become lackluster. Her work isn't as exciting as it once was..I think that she's giving so many projects that, she looses focus on others. I tried to look at Scandal the other night and I'm like " Scandal is so over."

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    1. The only show from Shondaland that I find genuinely entertaining right now is How to Get Away with Murder. The fact that it's Pete Nowalk's show and not Shonda Rhimes's is very telling.

      Her work isn't as exciting as it once was..I think that she's giving so many projects that, she looses focus on others.

      And she clings to actors long after they've lost their use.

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    2. " The only show from Shondaland that I find genuinely entertaining righ now is How To Get Away With Murder."

      Pretty Much. I also agree in how she so desperately use useless actors. I look at Kerry Washington and how Shonda has relegated her almost to nothing. Sadly, even Kerry's character on the show has become rather dull. Shonda has only reduced her to being Jake's bedwarmer. Call me crazy, but it seems that when Shonda has run out of storylines for her characters..she has them doing just that. it's getting old.

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  4. Y'all...against my better judgment I watched this week's episode of this bullshit...when I saw that old White dude they cast to play Valerie's husband...#Blasphemy.

    Can you believe that the AV Club is actually recommending this show as an "enjoyable" alternative to Scandal????

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