is the latest series
starring Kelsey Grammer in an attempt to reinvigorate his career.
of the previous attempts, the Frasier
star has found true success with a dark, gritty, and compelling drama
"boss" mayor Tom Kane (performed by Grammer) and his dark dealings with
illness while running laps within his own corrupted political world.
story setup is this: Tom Kane, a powerful mayor, finds out that he has
diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder. He
mostly keeps this information to himself and seems to be even
determined than ever to continue to rule as mayor and to find a
himself, perhaps. Things seem to be
in a new power-struggle as elections loom and back-handed and
politics play their hand as the various parties attempt to sway voters
an undisputed place in history. Tom Kane is ruthless, cruel, and worse
to anyone he sees as an opponent.
is married to Meredeith (Connie
and has a daughter Emma (Hannah
but he doesn't seem to
have a strong relationship with either of them. Despite the fact that
in the same home as his wife they almost never see each other and they
separate rooms. The couple hardly qualify as roommates because they
both become so
involved in a complicated web of political issues that it's as though
partnership is almost running on empty and only sticking together by a
layered web of political ties for their own power gains. Love is out of
question (or so it seems) because Kane is also uniformly unfaithful.
The relationship has the appearance of falling apart. It is barely
holding together. Meredeith, however, is just as interested in her own
political gains and doesn't seem disinterested in her own shady
has moments where he seems to want to reconnect with his daughter, who
completely ignored and shut out for five years because of her addiction
drugs, and Kane worried about how this would affect his political
attempts to reconnect seem half-way met. However, his daughter Emma is
drugs while preaching and working at a health institution at the same
preaches and delivers medical drugs to a poor community, something
from the political-led darkness of her father's attitude in his
profession but an
indisputable darkness surrounds the entire family: Tom Kane, Emma Kane,
and Meredith Kane.
is trying to get a "hot" newcomer Alex
into high power in his
wide spanning political web. The "show-stopping" black suit and tie
married with kids and he almost immediately begins an affair with Kitty
O'Neill (Kathleen Robertson) after the meetings with Kane. O'Neill is
as an assistant to Kane. It is clear to see that she has some serious
for Zajac, but he doesn't return them with seriousness. In one of their
he asks her to sleep with him in an hour while a few feet from his wife
kids. Kitty O'Neill but watches him proceed to film a family-oriented
campaign ad, and afterwards she congratulates him on doing a good job
series primary aim seems to be to set on highlighting the completely
acting of Grammer and it is easy to see why he won a best performance
globe. This series is seemingly made because of his performance. This
role is a
totally distanced turn from the beloved Frasier
character. Kane isn't a character that you like or love but rather
fascinating to behold in this character-based show. The rest of the
performances are also unquestionably terrific but its Grammer's lead
likely fascinates most audiences continually tuning in to the series.
of the episodes are written by showrunner Farhad Safinia (Apocalypto),
seemingly decided to work in the realm of television after that largely
successful debut. Everything about this show is well-written in the
the show keeps things quite interesting
and compelling. The show sometimes (disappointingly)
breaks away from an impressive feeling of award-winning drama territory
opera and late-night cable TV territory. The
series is a bit too overdramatic and
over-the-top sometimes, but that's probably what many viewers are
anyway. I happen to like the show more when things are focused more
the characters than on keepings things as gritty as possible without
character first. This show sometimes steps across the line of quality
TV but it
walks a line of close maintenance where the show still manages to be
compelling despite the various detractors.
Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good
Will Hunting) does an incredible job directing the series pilot
absolutely feels more akin to a feature film than a television episode.
other directors of Boss do excellent
work too but it was a treasure to see one of my favorite filmmakers in
pilot-helming seat of one of the past season's most intriguing new
series doesn't completely hit a home run, but it certainly manages to
be an edge-of-your-seat
and compelling thrill-ride with enough to offer to make it worth
arrives on Blu-ray with an AVC
encoded 1.78:1 transfer that shines with stunning High Definition
video. It is
a clean presentation that properly presents the unique cinematography,
presents the series with a lot of overcast hues of blues and grays.
also has something of a darker-tone to the aesthetic look and its
series. Just like any of HBO's and Showtime's finely produced series, Boss is an impressive production and a
HD success for Starz.
DTS-HD Master Audio is much better than you would expect for this kind
It's a compelling mix that actually engages the surrounds when needed
just for music either. There's enough reason to have the sound-field
the city sounds and office business is clearly defined through this
barely any supplemental materials on this release. Two commentaries are
included for the season: the episodes entitled Listen and Choose. Both
Safinia along with another production member.
Mayor and His Maker
is a less than twenty minute long sit-down with Farhad Safinia and
Grammer about the series.
necessarily "great" or "groundbreaking"
television but it's interesting and
has several compelling performances. Kelsey Grammer is the star of
show in a particularly unique role that has audiences invested in
the series might lead to in season two. Perhaps beyond that Boss
is a show worth checking out for its inventive plot-lines and
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.