As much as it goes against everything I believe in I decided that I couldn’t not watch the new courtroom drama Outlaw on NBC. It goes against my belief system because I am a huge believer in the fact that there can only be at the very least 100 different ways to spin a law show, so why bother trying 101 ways? Okay, so it’s not a fact and only my opinion, but I can’t be the only one who feels that way. But, NBC, who can by now respectfully be called the King of the Courtroom has decided in all their infinite wisdom that a new show based on the law was exactly what the viewing public needed. Of course this is the same network that decided to put Leno on at 10 p.m. five nights a week and when that failed (as everyone said it would) removed Conan from hosting The Tonight Show (jokes are still being written over that one, Team Coco!) so that Leno could get back his job that he had so famously retired from. Is your head spinning? Because mine is.
Now you might be asking yourself if I don’t like these types of shows why am I watching it and why for that matter am I writing a review on it? Good question and I am sorry to say that I don’t have a really good reason. Sucks I know. It’s just that it is a new show and I review new shows. Oh and out of the six new shows that NBC is premiering this fall only 2 of them look even remotely watchable so I figured I would throw one of their other shows a bone and this one came up first. Yay, lucky me.
If Outlaw is one of NBC’s answers to their ratings issue than the rest of the season does not bode well for them. There was not one part of the Premiere that didn’t make me want to throw up and that is about the nicest thing I can say about Jimmy Smits’ new drama. It’s almost as if a bunch of people got together in a room and decided to throw every television drama cliche into one show:
Protagonist with daddy issues – Check
Young ingenue with inappropriate crush – Check
Upstanding family man who is always on the side of justice – Check
Blatant use of the conspiracy angle – Check
Outright copying of current television programming – Check and Double Check (A personal message to Carly Pope: Why oh why didn’t you run in the opposite direction when this script came calling?)
I could go on but there isn’t much point in brow-beating it further. With one or two cliches it might have had a fighting chance, I doubt it, but miracles have happened before. (Hell I never would have thought One Tree Hill would still be on the air churning out new episodes.) Instead some guy who makes a heck of a lot more than I do sat down with a bunch of other suits and determined that Outlaw was a show deserving of air time. Wow, did they ever call that one wrong! I mean really guys, what in the hell were you thinking?!?!
Not that it probably needs clarifying but my final rating is:
This show is the walking dead, so get out your zombie killing tools and end it’s undead existence.
Until next time,