Used to ride a motorcycle
- Sep 2, 2006
We didn't take The Bear to be a cooking show, but rather a drama that happens to be set in a restaurant. The part that didn't grab us is that we didn't feel anything for any of the characters. Like I said, we'll give it a few more episodes!
We finished up The Bear a few nights ago. It was fairly well-written and acted! And it was enjoyable to watch from the standpoint of Matt saying that it's an accurate representation of kitchen life. None of the characters grabbed us though. They just weren't very likable (but more on that theme later). We'll definitely watch season two though because compared to most television and movies these days, it's pretty good.
We knew we recognized the guy that played Carmy but couldn't place him. After looking it up he was on another Chicago-set show called Shameless. Shameless was a really good show for a few seasons but became depressing and hard to watch after a while, as so many shows do around the third or fourth season.
One of the things that makes a great show great (besides expertly crafted dialogue and believable acting) is that you have to be rooting for some of the characters. That is part of what makes Justified so great. You end up rooting for both Raylan and Boyd even though they are on opposite sides of the fight. But as I've said before, season one of Justified is uneven and I'm not sure the producers knew where they were going with the show. Season one does do a good job setting up the story, setting, and characters, and by season two the show hits the ground running, and hard. And it never looks back.