(S01E02) Dear Makers of Smith,
I just watched the second episode of your show, and while I think it's still good, I'm starting to fall out of love with it. Have you ever had that feeling?
Maybe it's not you, it's me. But I'm pretty sure it's you.
Just when the show should be starting to get more complex, it's actually starting to get muddy. There's a difference. We already had to keep track of six or seven criminals, Bobby's wife and kids, and the two members of the FBI investigating the museum robbery. But now we're introduced to several more members of the FBI team (good to see the woman from Judging Amy though!), not one but two more heists in progress, the little side adventures of each team member, the brother of one of the guys Simon Baker shot at the beach looking for him, and Macy. I gotta tell ya, I saw Macy in the little 2 minute "previously on Smith" recap at the start, and I don't even remember her from the pilot for some reason. But maybe that's just me because it was weeks ago.
Oh, and there isn't just one investigation going on, there's two: the FBI's and Bobby's wife's investigation. But tell me this: since she's looking online for stories on the robbery because she suspects Bobby was involved, why the hell did she BOOKMARK the page about the robbery?! What if she forgot to delete it and Bobby saw it? It's right there in the bookmarks, and in the main list not even hidden in a sub category! I know when I surf porn sites, I always...um, never mind. I'm just wondering why you had her bookmark the page if she was hiding it from Bobby. And why was Bobby so suspicious of her sitting in front of the computer in the first place? He kept looking at her screensaver, as if he sensed something was wrong. People do use computers for other things besides looking up USA Today stories about someone's possible involvement in a robbery.
And then she starts talking to him while they're on the bed, talking about the robbery and how an old friend of theirs is in jail and how she wants to stay in this city because she's happy and the kids are happy. Weird that you would write so much blunt confrontation into the episode after having Madsen do her secret investigation.
And the characters. All the actors are fine, but are we supposed to like these characters, even in a they're-so-evil-they're-great sort of way? I mean, Simon Baker and Amy Smart are both psychopaths (the characters, not the actors - I'm sure they're fine people - I still miss The Guardian). They aren't that likable, really. They don't even like each other, and that's always a bad thing in a small work environment. Smart even complains that the dead guy's family is going to get his cut of the loot from the museum robbery, so that's another strike against her. Even Bobby, the "good guy" of the group, is a bit of a jerk towards people, especially his coworkers at the cup company. I'm wondering where a second season could even go with characters like this. Though I guess some could die and you could replace them.
The ending, with Bobby telling his boss Charlie that he'll do "four or five more jobs." First, this is a lot like the ending of the pilot episode. Second, I expected Bobby to say "I'll do four or five more jobs, depending on how the ratings are and if we get a second season or not."
But, hey, I'm sticking with this. I certainly have no way of predicting which way the story is going to go and that's a rarity in TV these days. I just hope that things become a bit clearer in the coming weeks and you ease up on the many scattered stories that are shooting out from the main robbery storyline.
Oh, and John Wells if you're reading this, please get Noah Wyle to come back to ER. Thanks.