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Smith -- an early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2006 5:44PM

Smith

Regardless of how good Smith is - and I'll say right from the get go that it is good - the big question is, are viewers going to give yet another show about a bunch of clever crooks a chance, after shows like Heist, Thief and Hustle? I'm not convinced they will, but if they base it on quality and entertainment value, Smith should be given a chance.

The plot: Ray Liotta is a loving husband and father...when he's home, anyway. But he's often on the road, selling plastic cups for the company he works for leading a gang of professional thieves as they pull off various robberies around the world. He wants to do just a few more jobs and then retire to a normal life. The first episode opens with an elaborate museum robbery and a shooting, and flashbacks reveal exactly how we got to this point.

The cast: Liotta comes off as a good lead, but he does something interesting with the character. He's not just the typical crook-with-a-heart-of-gold you'd see in a show like this, he's actually kind of a prick, especially in the way he treats his coworkers at the cup factory and the way he carries himself; Virginia Madsen is his wife, and she has a secret or two of her own, as we see later in the pilot; Simon Baker, who viewers might remember from The Guardian and L.A. Confidential, is the surfer assassin you really shouldn't cross; Amy Smart is the woman of the group, using her looks as well as her brain. The rest of the gang (Franky G and Jonny Lee Miller) bring their own personalities and quirks to the mix too.

One of the gang is shot in the pilot, but I won't tell you which one or what happens to him/her.

Thoughts: This is a slick show, with just enough cool camera angles and neat cinematography to add a lot of style to what's going on. Of course, we also get several pop songs on the soundtrack, like most shows today, but they aren't the annoying, well-known ones. They actually add something to the atmosphere the show is trying to set. And the use of flashbacks means we get to see what different things mean at different times, how something came to be, why someone was delayed, why someone was acting a certain way. That's clever stuff.

I was wondering where this show would go at the end of the pilot. Would we have stand alone episodes (like Hustle), or is there some bigger plot going on (like Heist)? It's more of the latter, as we see why Ray Liotta is doing what he's doing, how all of the gang are related to each other, who likes who, who dislikes who, who are "good" bad guys and who are the "bad" bad guys. But I can also see where each show would be enjoyable by someone who doesn't know the overall plot, because each episode and each heist can stand on their own and be enjoyable. I really hope that viewers (and CBS) give the show a chance.

Now, a question for those who have seen the pilot: the scene where they are all on the airplane and there is a slow, electronica-ish song playing (but with vocals). Who is singing that?

(Smith premieres Tuesday, September 19, at 10pm.)

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shiv

the indian song is "chaiyya chaiyya" from a bollywood movie "dil se"
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juqy1kUhYBg]

October 06 2006 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DM

Ok, then what is the indian pop song playing when Johnny Lee Miller gets out of jail? That is the one stuck in my head. Love the show. Thanks for any help locating this song.

September 25 2006 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

Here is a link to Imogen Heap. This Hide and Seek was also used in the season finale of the O.C. where Marissa died in the car accident. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imogen_Heap

September 24 2006 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SCREENWRITER36

Just finished watching the 'SMITH'. The pilot was really well written and directed. Everyone's performance, especially Ray Liotta's, was right on target for this type of show. If the rest of the season is as good as the pilot, I will definitely keep watching. And I have a feeling that this show is only going to get better.

September 20 2006 at 2:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gio7

The show was great. Can someone confirm the music after the heist on the plane was the Imogen Heap song someone mentioned?

September 20 2006 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Brett, that's it! Many thanks!

John

September 17 2006 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Love

John, if you mean the song from the ads, it is Audioslave's Show Me How To Live. I haven't see the show yet, so I don't know if that is the actual theme song.

September 17 2006 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Who does the Smith theme song? Thanks!

September 17 2006 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

It's definitely Imogen Heap, "Hide & Seek". Her voice is filtered through a vocoder. It's a pretty amazing track.

September 01 2006 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Heh, yeah, I fixed that.

September 01 2006 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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