Quick thoughts on last night's "Rescue Me" coming up just as soon as I have a drink...
As I mentioned last week, I watched the season's first five episodes in one burst back in January, sans notes, so I'm not going to go really in-depth until we get to episode six.
That said, I found "French" to be a big improvement over the season premiere, albeit still with some problems.
The introduction of Genevieve, the French writer working on the 9/11 book, is the best thing to happen to the series in a while -- not necessarily because of guest star Karina Lombard, but because the show desperately needed to get back to talking about the day the towers fell rather than just be the silly, ego-maniacal story of the world's most sexually irresistible fireman.
The only problem I had with the first episode with Genevieve is that, initially, it was hard to tell whether Franco and Lou's stories were genuine, or if they were just saying whatever they thought would help get them into bed with her. As it turns out, Franco's belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories comes from Daniel Sunjata's own belief in them, and Lou's enough of a sensitive soul (and a wannabe poet) that I could mostly believe what he was saying. But because the show's characters have been such inveterate liars (particularly with attractive women) for so long, it's hard to truly invest in the moments where they're being sincere, you know?
Still, those two scenes were well-played by Sunjata and John Scurti, and Michael J. Fox continues to be hysterical as Janet's insane boyfriend Dwight. On the downside, he's the only bit of comic relief working at the moment. Sheila needs to go away, forever, the bar subplot isn't funny enough to be as stupid as it is, and I'm not a fan of Black Shawn with Tommy's daughter.
Anyway, what did those of you who have the episode much fresher in your minds think?