More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of the pilot episode of CBS’s “Vegas.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
Lamb finds Mills, who denies killing the girl. He says he had a deal with management, and the head of the credit department made him borrow from his bank to pay off the debt.
Lamb and his men walk into the casino with shotguns, and storm into Savino’s office.
Savino: You need to step out into the lobby! This is my house! You don’t walk into my house, unless you want me in yours.
The credit manager isn’t there, and Savino orders them out.
Lamb: I am the law here, Mr. Savino. And I will decide who’s breaking it.
They track the credit manager to the airport, and he draws a pistol and fires. He tries to escape, but after the other cars turn him back, Lamb shoots his tires out and he skids to a halt.
As Lamb wraps up the case with Samantha’s boyfriend, the Assistant D.A. takes him back out into the desert, where they find the body of the dead former Sheriff.
Mayor (to Lamb): You got yourself a new job…Sheriff.
Some thoughts on the pilot episode of “Vegas.”
It has to be said first and foremost, CBS knows what its audience wants. It’s got a great recent track record of reaching a big audience, especially outside of the perceived target audience of 18-49 year-olds. CBS knows how to angle their programming.
That said, this show was just fairly boring. It felt like I was watching “McCloud: The Early Years.”
They jumped into the murder mystery quickly to give the show a reason to exist, but there still wasn’t anything really at stake. The characters were flat, Quaid’s Lamb was just a country Deputy, pulling off the tricks that “city-folk” haven’t heard of yet.
That angle’s a bit ridiculous, honestly. Lamb’s country skills are shown to be enough to herd a motorcycle gang, shoot out tires on a car speeding towards him, and calm an angry biker with a punch in the face and a witty country colloquialism.
Meanwhile, the organized crime part of the show was barely hinted at until the Sheriff was murdered.
There may be some potential there, and I’d love to see Chiklis when the show gets up and running and he can get some screen time, but for now, what happened on “Vegas” really wasn’t worth remembering.
Rating: Three out of a possible ten slot machines.
— Reid Kerr loved Dennis Quaid’s appearance on Ellen’s show last year, shouting “Dennis Quaid is here!” Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.