Breaking In is slick, but there's a difference between a well-oiled story and a plot that ends before it starts. Every character interaction, each scene of them breaking into things, each storyline washes over you in quick cuts, on sets that are brightly lit and totally clean, with a cast full of chipper people who are wholeheartedly throwing themselves into their roles. Watching an episode is more like having a wave of serial television wash over you. Afterwards, you know you just saw a show about people breaking into places just to say they broke into places, but you probably won't be able to easily break down that experience yourself. However, you probably won't still be trying to figure out why any network would give Christian Slater another TV show.
Christian Slater enters the wild and crazy world of TV espionage (it's a lot scarier than real espionage, you know) in My Own Worst Enemy Monday night, so I joined a few other blogger types on a party line with the star to chat about the show, his love of spy movies, karate, why Pump Up the Volume rules (and it does), and more. I've seen the pilot episode, and honestly? Pleasantly surprised by it. It really is a lot better than it looks, and I was happy to find out from Christian himself that Alias alum John Eisendrath, who knows a thing or two about running a spy series, has a hand in the show. Get the rest of the highlights from the call after the jump!
If Christian Slater's last show, My Own Worst Enemy, had been a little less high-concept, it might still be on the air today. After all, Slater is eminently likable, and he played two great characters alongside a strong supporting cast. But the plot, in which Slater flip-flopped between a spy persona and a suburban dad cover, could get confusing, especially since the line between his two lives was shattered from the word "go." (The fact that Dollhouse has made it to a second season with a similar plotline is a testament to Joss Whedon's fan base and Eliza Dushku's workout regimen.) So what do you do with a charismatic lead like Slater now? You put him in an incredibly familiar show, one that your viewers can understand easily, since it's pretty much a duplicate of the popular show Cold Case.
And the cancellations begin! As much as I've been enjoying weecapping My Own Worst Enemy for all you nice people, not to mention watching Christian Slater do some sexy kung fu movies every week, quite often shirtless, after the way the show dropped off in entertainment value since the pilot, I'm fine with it being canceled. At this point, it's unclear whether Monday's episode will be pulled from the schedule, or if NBC will decide to show the remaining five that have been shot. Either way, the series has wrapped for good after shooting only nine episodes, due to crap ratings. Sigh, I will miss seeing Christian Slater every week. Can we work on getting him a better series, Hollywood? Now, on to Lipstick Jungle.
I'll admit that I have been enjoying the check-your-brain-at-the-door fun that is My Own Worst Enemy for its spy capers and my '90s Christian Slater fangirl nostalgia, but last night's episode had a few too many things in it that I guess were supposed to be Alias references, but just came off as plain old theft to me. First of all, when Janus calls Henry at home, they identify themselves as "Sal's Pizza." Sound familiar? When the CIA called Sydney in Season 1 they identified themselves as "Joey's Pizza." Would it have killed them to pick another cover? Maybe a Chinese place? A dry cleaner maybe? Oh, and that's not all.
It's as if Mother Nature felt bad for taking our 70-degree March weather away and replacing it with rain, so she gave us some wonderfully nerdy TV news to make up for it.
Oh good, Megan Hauserman's back.