Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Most Disappointing Show

OK, let's say it up front: we all knew LAX was going to be bad. But I had high hopes that it would be good bad, but it's just bad bad. And the sad thing is that it's bad bad for all the wrong reasons.

It's not the actors: Heather Locklear is as Locklearly as ever, and Blair Underwood is very Underwoodly. (tee-hee..."Underwoodly" is funny.) It's not the script, even though it has lots of credibility gaps all over the place. LAX is ruined in the editing bay by some horrible decisions. I knew we were in trouble as soon as the credits started up with ELO's "Mister Blue Sky" as the theme music. Look, I'm a big supporter of ELO but MBS is DOA for LAX. WTF?

The template for LAX should have been "Las Vegas". Las Vegas is a dumb show but the production is so slick with its energetic music, zippy camera cuts and CG work that you can't help but make it a guilty pleasure. With LAX, we have one of the busiest airports in the world, in one of the most style-conscious cities in the world, you'd think they would have wanted to pump things up a bit.


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