Man, it’s sinking fast. I don’t understand why the buzz was so good. (For those who don’t know, I’m talking about the new Fox TV series, not the beer or the state — which seem to be doing fine). What’s not predictable is dumb. Last night the con man father found out that his con man son had told a cover story that involved the son’s (imaginary father) abandoning him. This greatly upset the con man, despite the fact he had to have known his son’s cover story since they’d been working on this con for years. (If you watch the show, this isn’t confusing. If you don’t watch the show — you should continue not watching — and you should stop reading this post).
Another nit: This incredibly gifted con man is married to two women. He’s had relationships with both for a long time now. He protects his double-identity by rigorously keeping his wallet and cell phone for each identity separate. He stores the ones he doesn’t use in the center console in his car. Brilliant! I mean no wife ever looked for loose change or a piece of gum or a pen in the storage console of her husband’s car. That’s just not something women ever do.
A major nit: A big plot device of the show centers on the fact that a wind farm in Texas is a fantastic investment that will help the main character go legit. That’s the great thing about renewable energy: even though super-successful Texas businessmen can’t appreciate their enormous profitability, even con men can figure out the huge pay off from spending an afternoon reading a single prospectus. Wind power: Is there nothing it can’t do!?
Update: From a reader:
Thank you for sparing me the 2 hours & DVR space that I had planned to devote to the much-buzzed about Lone Star. I couldn’t bring myself to watch as the previews looked SO overwrought.
I was wondering – do you think the mention of The National Review in the last “Community” was a nod to you – after you so accurately called it the funniest show on TV?
( Proof? Exhibit A – “Modern Warfare”/ Exhibit B – “Anthropology 101″)
Me: I hadn’t thought of that, but of course I will take credit for it. Still Mark Hemingway got a mention by name on 30 Rock (or that’s his story). And Mancow Muller got a cameo on Sons of Anarchy (which I praise lavishly in the current issue). So I’ve got a long way to go.