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Cupid: Live And Let Spy

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 8th 2009 1:07PM
Cupid ABC 2009
(S01E02) Like I wrote last week, the success of Cupid 2.0 will hinge heavily on the guest stars. Luckily, this week's guest stars were great.

Erik Palladino and Julie Ann Emery (as Mick and Riley) gave me the warm fuzzies as Cupid's latest couple of the week. I enjoyed their chemistry so much that I was able to forgive the stock "surprise twist" that reared its witless head in the third act.

The ep started out with Cupid, er, Trevor poaching from Dr. Claire's singles group to hit his love connection quota. This, of course, got Claire involved in the night's big romance, but surprisingly she didn't try to stop the craziness going on around her. Instead, Claire encouraged Riley's unlikely relationship with Mick, the not so hard-boiled private detective.

I expected Claire to be more of a traditional foil for Trevor, offering an annoying counterpoint to everything he says and does. While the two didn't agree on everything tonight, they actually shared the same agenda. They just had different ways of going about it.

From a larger perspective, Trevor and Claire do have the same agenda: Help singles find good matches that develop into healthy, loving relationships. But Trevor's wild-eyed enthusiasm and impatience sometimes get in the way while Claire's cold, logistical perspective sometimes blinds her from seeing the sparks going off between people right in front of her.

So it seems the only way these two can accomplish their goals is to work together. Which means we'll probably see episode after episode of Trevor sticking his nose in Claire's patients' business while Claire tries to make sense of the whole situation. Sounds like it might get old fast. That's why I hope Cupid gets the chance to evolve from the couple-of-the-week formula. This is a fun and charming show. So far, it's got the spark, warmth and good writing of a decent big screen romantic comedy. It's rare to find such a lighthearted show that doesn't feel excessively sweet or sentimental.

I enjoyed tonight's A story, but Felix's subplot was just as, if not more, engaging. Maybe it's because I'm a fan of both Rick Gomez and Mary Stuart Masterson. This storyline seemed more mature and believable than everything else going on, and it gave Gomez a chance to really develop his character. The speech he gave at the end was one of the best parts of the episode. Felix is quickly becoming my favorite character on the show.

Like I mentioned earlier, that contrived twist at the end didn't do much for me. It makes no sense that Riley wouldn't watch the entire video to find out if Mick really did take the money. That development seemed like something out of a cheesy, predictable romantic comedy, but it didn't sink the entire episode for me.

Two eps in and I'm still enjoying Rob Thomas' second chance at Cupid. I hope ABC doesn't make the same mistake twice and yank this show before it finds its groove. Thomas and crew are creating a unique and smart show without trying to be dark or edgy. It deserves to stick around.

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I just watched the 1st show and liked it.

April 12 2009 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm totally stealing that speech.

April 09 2009 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You kinda touched on something I thought of the original, superior "Cupid." Claire and Trevor's relationship mirrored Scully and Mulder. Claire and Scully were always taking a logical, scientific approach to relationships/investigations; Trevor and Mulder were more likely to believe, take a leap of faith. The woman balanced the men's enthusiasm; the men helped the women look beyond the obvious.

April 08 2009 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Shifty

The show lost about 1.5 million from last week, so just above 6 million, was last in all the categories and lost more than 50% of the Dancing with the Stars results show audience. The episode order was reduced before the show aired. ABC will air the final four episodes and go with something new in the fall. This show is done, don't waste your time watching/blogging it.

April 08 2009 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Espy

I predicted that the girl was super-rich when the town car showed up on the morning after.

I would say, given how conniving and involved her father was in her love life, stopping the video didn't bother me.

April 08 2009 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike K

Yep, the ole "stopping the video before the end" trick is so played out. Enjoying the show though. Not sure why the couples aren't annoyed when Trevor shows up in the middle of their dates.

April 08 2009 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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