The Nine -- an early look
by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 2nd 2006 12:55PM
I'll have the full review of the first episode of The Nine when it premieres later this week (Wednesday night at 10, after Lost), but I wanted to tell you the 10 things I jotted down as I watched it.
1. This show isn't just "involving," it's mesmerizing, and that's unbelievably rare on television.
2. The cast is like a greatest hits of television from the past 10-15 years: Tim Daly (Wings, The Fugitive, Eyes), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Scott Wolf (Party of Five), Tom Verica (American Dreams, Will and Grace, Central Park West), Chi McBride (Boston Public, House), Kim Raver (24, Third Watch), and others. The cast is so good it's scary.
3. It's the type of drama that will actually make you say "I can't look at ordinary dramas the same way again."
4. This show is everything that Six Degrees wishes is was (and isn't): a show about complete strangers who find themselves interacting in ways they couldn't have expected and how little things you do or say can have a huge effect on you and others.
5. The Nine has a lot in common with Lost, especially a brilliant use of flashbacks that add a whole new dimension to the story.
6. It's amazing how a good cast, good writing, and great direction can almost instantly insure great quality. Even after this one episode, you're going to say, "wow, this is better than most of the stuff on TV right now." After one episode, I care more about these people than anyone on any of the CSIs or Law and Orders.
7. Maybe banks that charge you for using a teller instead of the ATM are a good thing after all (I'll explain more about that in my review).
8. If there's any justice in the world, this is the show that people will talk about around the water cooler the next day, the show people will e-mail each other about, the show that will make you think about what you would do in that same situation.
9. The whole goal of this show is for viewers to say "I really want to stick with this show to see what happened those 52 hours in the bank," and boy, have they succeeded.
10. This better be a hit, because Tim Daly deserves one. It's on after Lost, so there's a great chance.