Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lovin' "The Kill Point"

So the DH and I just had our standing Sunday date -- watching The Kill Point on Spike TV.

I know, it's marketed as a guy series, on a guy TV channel. But I got sucked in, just like he did, the first night, and we haven't missed an episode yet.

We don't watch a lot of TV. The last time we both were regular series viewers, in fact, was CSI several seasons ago. (Long enough ago that there was only the one CSI out there.) I tend to turn on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report every night while working on the 'puter, just for my nightly dose of snark. And the DH likes to watch old movies and history/biographies. But putting the effort into a continuing storyline is tough with our schedules.

So what makes The Kill Point different? Well, in the first place, it's finite. Eight hours, six episodes, done. In fact, next week will be the final two-hour series ender. It's more like a mega-miniseries stretched out over a six-week period.

The acting is superb. Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo are both riveting, in different ways.

And the writing! Crisp, snappy, fresh, thoughtful. Plus, how could a former English teacher NOT love a scene where a hostage negotiator takes time out to correct the punctuation on a coffee shop sign? Grammar lessons! Be still my heart!

It's been fun watching the bank heist-turned-hostage-situation story arc, wondering what direction the actors and director are taking us next, and following the character development throughout. In some ways, I'll miss it when it's over next week. On the other hand, it's refreshing to know that it'll be done, tied up, finished, over. No long, drawn out storylines, no dropped threads (I hope!), no cancellation before the series can be completed.

If you're interested, it appears that Spike is posting complete episodes on its website. Enjoy!

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