Pilot Review: Smith

Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT on CBS (Premieres Sept. 19th)
Mondays at 9PM ET/PT on CTV (Premieres Sept. 18th)

Cast: Ray Liotta as Bobby Stevens, Virginia Madsen as Hope Stevens, Simon Baker as Jeff, Franky G as Joe, Amy Smart as Annie and Jonny Lee Miller as Tom.

Synopsis: From the prolific producer John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”) comes the fast-paced drama SMITH, which tracks a diverse crew of career criminals as they plot and carry out high-stakes heists at prominent locations around the country. Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) stars as the team’s no-nonsense leader, looking for that one elusive big haul before going straight–or at least that’s what he tells his wife (“Sideways” Oscar® nominee Virginia Madsen). He’s walking a tightrope between his present life and the new one they hope is on the horizon.(CBS’s Official Site)

My Review: I’m not one of those people that is scared by the sight of Ray Liotta. Something about him is oddly attractive, and I’m not a bad boy girl at all. I love that when he knows reporters are scared of him, he purposely acts scary to freak them out. Too funny.

That being said, Smith is a finely crafted Heist drama. Interesting plot, finely tuned characters and pretty boys. I could really watch Simon Baker read the phone book and still be entertained. Add to that Shohreh Aghdashloo’s making her return to tv after her kick ass terrorist role on 24 and I’m in for episode 2.

The most intriguing part of the pilot for me was Virginia Madsen’s character, Hope. Out of everyone she got the most backstory, which obviously shows she’s not going to be playing the stereotypical wife. In the course of an hour they alluded to a previous affair she had had, a drug addiction which now requires her to check up with the government and some really knowing glances whenever it was obvious that her husband was lying. This woman knows what’s going on, she just likes to pretend she doesn’t. That type of character excites me, because you already know right off the bat she’s gonna be the most flawed and have the biggest difficulty dealing with anything that may go wrong.

Smith is definately worth your attention. Tune into the pilot for sure.


5 Responses to “Pilot Review: Smith”

  1. September 5, 2006 at 8:46 am

    Just came across Smith too; and yeah; it is quite good… A scale down Ocean’s, but far more toughness than charm, which works very well.. Good Cast and yeah; Virginia seems like she has a lot on her mind; her very expressionate (Don’t even know if this is a word) very much drove the show for me; and I think this is where balance and core emotional story of the show is going to be.
    But this good be a blockbuster TV show; it is very cinamelike in FX; which is certain to make it a success even when the emotional part of the show is going to stall..
    And on Ur note on Fox’s comedy… Yeah, what are they thinking… Not much good comedy left on TV, Weeds is doing good; and I am still waiting for the final rounds of Scrubs… I think my focus on TV has shifted towards 1 hour drama; Too much dissapointment in Comedy, and comedy isn’t supposed to be sad… Then it becomes Tragedy….
    Better stop now… 😀 Have a nice day

  2. September 20, 2006 at 2:10 pm

    Two Oscar noms plus Ray Liotta in the cast, can’t go wrong. I thought it was the best pilot of the season.

  3. 3 Mike Miech
    September 20, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    This is a great show! Hasn’t been a better one since “WiseGuy” left the airwaves. CBS needs this show to counterbalance the lunacy of Couric on any news show on it’s network, even the kiddie Saturday news show. Liotta is brilliant. Teamed with Simon Baker it’s a lethal combination. I loved it when he blew away those two fat ass moaks last nite.

  4. 4 Tad
    September 20, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    Excellent. Liotta and Madsen make an interesting couple.
    Does anybody know the name of the song(and the group) that they played at the end(while they were flashing to each character)?

  5. 5 Linda
    September 23, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    I would also like to know the name of the song and group that was played at the end of Smith. I LOVED it.

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