May 10, 2007

RAINES: You hear that? That’s the sound of a thousand complacent yuppies thinking about their money.

The show is almost good in a gleefully formulaic way that, especially when counting its opening title sequence, recalls character-driven cop shows of the 1980s. The show is almost good as an ensemble of characters with modest conflicts that ultimately make you feel all safe on your couch. The show is almost good.

In truth, I ended up watching quite a few episodes of Raines, despite its flaws. That might be ’cause I wanted it to do well (and grow into itself), or because I enjoyed it (and thus it is better than I think, on some level). I really don’t know. The fact is, I hope it gets both darker and funnier and returns to the air. It will probably do none of those things, though.

Also, whoever designed that police precinct set loves The Shield like crazy.


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