Las Vegas Season One|
Now available on DVD
Review by Mr. Stinkhead
Mrs. Stinkhead and I have been tearing through episode after episode of NBC's
Las Vegas now that we have it on DVD. When it originally
aired, we were either not around a TV, or watching a different
show. What were we thinking? We jumped in with both
feet and can't stop watching just one more episode.
Hmmm, much like the real Vegas, you lose all concept of
time passing, however we haven't been comped a room or taken
in a risque showgirls revue yet.
We are Sopranos junkies and can digest an entire season in a single extended weekend. We love the power and corruption, the decadence, and the humor of the Sopranos. We were surprised that Las Vegas was keeping up and had a good grasp on moving a good story while dazzling us with tricky camera moves, flashy women, and loads of people spending money they shouldn't. There's action, but not the skull-cracking, knee breaking violence of the Sopranos.
James Caan is the director of security at the Montecito casino and resort. I love his presence as the tough guy you just don't dick around with. Let me compare him to Tony Soprano. They're both powerful and get what they want, when they want it. However Caan's Big Ed hasn't (yet) stooped to criminal urges to get what he wants. He can actually be satisfied with doing the "right thing." We love watching him slide around the casino floor keeping the kiddies in line, and being protective of his hot daughter played by Molly Simms
is hot and all, but my favorite is Vanessa
Marcil as Sam, the sexy no-nonsense hospitality
manager. Her job is to keep the high-rollers (or whales)
happy and gambling at their casino. She doesn't dick
around, but she can turn off and on the charm at a whim.
I like how she portrays vulnerability (in the way that she
has to please these infantile gamblers), but command
(she too, will get what she wants).
One of the characteristics of any drama on network TV these days is stylistic
camera work. CSI pushed it from cool gimmick to requisite
for any new show. Like most of Vegas, the Montecito is covered
in cameras, watching every move. The show transitions between
the floor and the security control booth through these surveillance
cameras. At first I thought it would get old, but it is
done with some restraint, and I don't really mind it at
all now. The whole "behind the scenes of security at a Las
Vegas resort" as a premise is what got me interested in
the first place. I love watching the sneaky methods the
cheaters come up with, and the all powerful viewpoint our
characters have at busting them.
My only complaint is that like a lot of shows, they sure do take liberties with the amount of information you can get from a digital picture. Even Law & Order is guilty, but I want to single handedly educate audiences of crime-type dramas that you cannot "zoom in" and read serial numbers from a camera-phone pic. I wish the writers (of all of these shows) would stretch a bit more in figuring out ways our heroes can solve the case. One other small complaint... they had some issues getting the music rights for home usage, and the theme song is not used.
Oooh bonus!, the DVD package says Uncut and Uncensored. I didn't
have expectations that this thing would turn into some R
rated, made for cable, skin-festbut I was surprised.
It appears that when filming this series, they would film
these ladies in nary a stitch, being careful with
camera angles and such... but occasionally they'd capture
just a little bit more, and then digitally fuzz it out or
otherwise obscure it for broadcast. Such precautions
have been removed. There were several times while
watching that I stopped blinking and leaned in, a bit slack-jawed.
Did I just see nipples? Yes sir.
It's not a Mack truck-load of nipplesyou wouldn't
buy this set just to see some extra flesh. This
But it did give me a well lookee here! type feeling.
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