New Amsterdam -- An early look
That annoyance aside, I enjoyed everything else about the way the show started. I enjoyed the glimpses into Amsterdam's daily routine. Little details like his alcoholism and past wounds drove home the point that aside from being immortal, the guy is just like you and me. That was pretty interesting.
As the episode progressed, I was really torn. While I thought the style and look of the show was awesome, I was really annoyed by the storytelling. Producer Lasse Hallstrom (who directed the pilot) put his stamp all over the show. At the same time, however, there is so much plot information being thrown at me that if I hadn't read up on the show before watching the pilot, I would have been confused and pissed, but considering that's often how I feel while watching Lost, that may be exactly what Hallstrom was trying to do.
Once the basics of the premise are revealed, the show takes a real nosedive. After the story focuses on the murder that Amsterdam and his new partner are trying to solve, it just isn't interesting enough. Watching them track down the killer is like watching an episode of Law & Order featuring none of your favorite characters.
It wasn't until about half way through the show that I realized how much it reminded me of Forever Knight. An immortal cop, a big city, unfamiliar actors trying hard to sound American, the resemblance was there. I wouldn't be surprised if New Amsterdam picks up the same kind of cult following.
Like a lot of pilots, this episode was kind of all over the place. The music video at the end seemed particularly out of place. However in the second episode, the focus was less about backstory and more forward. Amsterdam is convinced that the beautiful doctor (Alexie Gilmore) who declared him dead is the love of his life who could cure him of his immortality. Luckily, the details on how this works are sketchy so the relationship between them has plenty of room to grow.
There's also a great B-story that clarifies the relationship between Amsterdam and Omar (Stephen Henderson) as well as another disappointing case to be solved. Overall the second episode was much better than the first, so this show could be worth a viewing.
By the way, I'm sure you smarter folks will get the desk thing much earlier than me, but for those who don't, be patient; the payoff is kind of cool.
New Amsterdam premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 9PM Eastern on FOX.