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“Chase” Premiere Review

Posted by Marlo Stanfield on September 21, 2010

Kelli Giddish will be running from "Chase" as long as she has a career

Ohhhhhhhhh, where to start with this one.

How about this as I wrote in my notes:

The show was about as good as my handwriting

Chase takes place in Houston, TX, which is a huge plus in my book, being my hometown and all, but that’s the only compliment I can elicit for this dung heap of a show.  It follows a group of U.S. Marshals who hunt down criminals in Texas.  Apparently all the way to the Mexican Border and the Rio Grande (what a shocker.)

This show is bad.  There’s nothing redeeming about Chase except for a single Waylon Jennings reference made early in the episode; after which point, you can happily turn it off.

The fugitive killer in this episode, Mason Boyle, was basically twisting his mustache from the beginning of the episode as the attractive Annie Frost (played by Kelli Giddish) is foiled several times trying to catch him. Mason is a cold blooded killer, who only loves his baby girl (…), makes his way all the way through Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and almost escapes the cops before he jumps in the big river itself.  After a brief tussle, Frost claims her prize.  And the cops all celebrate drinking and laughing in a bar, the Texan way.

Let me put it this way: if Chase had an SAT score, it would be right around 500.  This show is such formulaic garbage that it probably owes money to half the crime dramas from the past twenty years for plagiarism.  Kelli Giddish is appealing as the lead woman, but that’s it.  I can’t in good conscience recommend this show to anyone.

I have one of two predictions for this show.  Chase will last five episodes at most, or it will be a hit – Americans love their generic crime dramas, which is why Law and Order has another spin off this year.

I will give it one more compliment – the title is very accurate about what happens in the show.

Grade: F-


–       This is a terrible script.

–       NCIS ripoff with a hot girl

–       Formulaic Cop $@&^ My Dad Says (Be on the lookout for my review later this week!)

–       This is really, really bad.

–       Cold Case rip off

–       Law and Order rip off

–       I’d rather watch “Walker, Texas Ranger” reruns right now.

–       CSI rip off


8 Responses to ““Chase” Premiere Review”

  1. CJ Cregg said

    You may be right about it being terrible but people loving it anyway. I haven’t seen it, and it didn’t do great in the ratings, but I had two students tell me that they were excited about it. And if undergrads at the University of Wisconsin aren’t the barometer of Middle America, well I don’t know what is.

  2. Mr. Feeny said

    I really wanted to give this a better grade. Simply because I assumed it couldn’t be that bad. It is. It’s horrible.

    Let’s just start with the show’s bread and butter. If this show ever hoped to succeed, there’s a bare minimum for crime dramas. You don’t need compelling characters, visuals or consistency. All you need is solid police work. That’s why people watch these shows. To watch the process of catching criminals. Amateur sleuths like us think we can solve crimes just as well, and we want these shows to validate us.

    In that respect, “Chase” succeeded. But only because left and right I knew how to do their job better than they did. Nothing will turn a crime procedural viewer off of a show faster than illogical crimefighting. Three examples: Why was no one sent immediately to retrieve Boyle’s daughter? Why did it take them at least 20 minutes to even think of closing off the border? And why is Annie Frost kicking herself over not being able to trace the cell phone when the very next scene they’re at the place where Boyle left the phone? Clearly you were able to find his location without a trace. Don’t ask me how, though.

    If that weren’t enough, the writing is clumsy and predictable. We get it. Her father was a bad guy. The details are negligent. Marlo has an affinity for Waylan Jennings. That’s supposedly a big plot point. So why does he sing a Merle Haggard song to his ex-girlfriend (“Mama Tried”). And I disagree with Marlo. I hated Giddish’s acting. She’s stiff, bland and rote. Although she is also attractive.

    So, since Marlo hated everything but Giddish and still gave it an F-, I have to give it a…

    Grade: F

  3. CJ Cregg said

    Wow. This show is so stupid. Like, sooooo stupid.

    The first thing that pisses me off is how literal it is. The show is called “Chase.” And Annie Frost (Giddish) just chases people around.
    The second thing that pisses me off is how horrible the acting is. I agree with Feeny that Giddish is stiff, cold, and rote as Annie Frost. Also, the police chief that appeared for like one scene was clearly reading off of cue cards. And poorly.
    Third, the writing. Take these choice lines for example:

    Fugitive A: Didn’t your mother ever tell you girls shouldn’t play with guns?
    Annie Frost: She died when I was 8. So [pause] no.

    Or this one:

    Rando Marshal Guy: Fugitives are just like us. They need food, water, shelter, company.

    The whole rogue cowboy on the run plot was just sooooooooo stupid.

    This show was stupid.

    Did I already say that?

    Grade: F

  4. Kensi Blye said

    I have seen Chase it is a wonderful show. The name fits perfect. Annie Frost is a bad ass Marshal and her team is a bad ass team. So screw all you idots who think Chase sucks. I rate the show an A+. Oh, and CJ Cregg Chase got very good ratings you idot. And Marlo Stanfield (stupid name) you contradict yourself by saying Chase will either be a hit or it will only last 5 episodes! And if you haven’t seen the show don’t post a comment, DUH.

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