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Dragnet - 3/09

Old 03-10-03, 01:51 AM
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Dragnet - 3/09

Another solid, and very entertaining episode.

I'm really enjoying the updated Dragnet - Ed O'Neil is outstanding as Joe Friday. This isn't your parent's Dragnet (as good as that show often was), this is Dragnet with a modern sensibility, but with the older style storytelling. I like the hybrid.

This episode really worked well for me, I liked the twists in the plot. I'd love to know just how much this one was based on a real case - the old series, both radio and TV, took real cases and changed the names and then spiced it up just a little bit (but the basic facts of the cases were accurate).

I haven't seen what the ratings for the new Dragnet have been like, but I hope the show gets renewed.
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Old 03-10-03, 06:39 AM
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Thoroughly enjoyed tonight's ep. One complaint: I thought the discrepancy in the witness's original statement was REALLY stretching things and was rather weak.

The series definitely holds my attention and keeps me coming back.......

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Old 03-10-03, 07:30 AM
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I loved the little plot twist in the middle of the program when they took a closer look at the bedsheets.
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Anyone else getting tired of Ethan Embry's puppy dog eyes when he's in a scene with Ed O'Neil?

I thought last night's episode was okay, but not great. The plot twist was almost expected, and is getting cliched in some respects. It's pretty hard to provide shocking plot twists when it comes to crimes set in LA nowadays.
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I thought it was pretty good. I like this series also, none of the other cop shows have held my interest very well, but this one does. Al Bundy and Nick Pappageorgio seem to work well together.

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Old 03-10-03, 09:35 AM
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I am starting to like this show as well. I thought that it got off to an awful start, but the last few episodes have been solid. I don't like Embry though.


Can anyone remember who was cast in the Frank Smith role before Embry? I remember reading about how the first actor left, or was cut. Anyone have anymore info?
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Old 03-10-03, 02:33 PM
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Well, I found this bit of cast replacement:


HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Ed O'Neill ("Married ... With Children") has been cast as
Joe Friday in ABC's "Dragnet" revival, replacing the recently departed Danny
Huston.
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I didn't know that, but the other role was definitely recast as well. I just can't remember who had it before Ethan Embry.
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Old 03-11-03, 01:43 AM
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I understand what they're trying to do with Ethan Embry, but the results are hit and miss. Like many younger cop characters they've set him up with a lot of room to grow up, and hopefully they will have him pick up some wisdom (and have him pout a little less) as the series goes on.

Of course, if they can't get his character dialed in they could always bring in a new Bill Gannon.

Someone in his mid 30's with a lot of attitude.

But I'm really enjoying the series as it is, so I'm not worried about it (or complaining - too much). Ed O'Neil is carrying the show - and doing a damn fine job of it.
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Old 03-12-03, 02:27 AM
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I thought this was a good episode. I thought the plot did become a mess at the end though. To many people involved to struggle like they did solving it.

I agree that O'Neil is carrying this series right now.
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I want Bud Bundy (David Faustino) to make an appearance on the show, and have Ed rough him up a little.
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I really like Ed O'Neill. I like how they have given the Smith character a lot of room to grow. Good team. Good show.
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Actually, it'd be funny to see Ted McGinley show up as a male gigolo in the middle of a murder case.
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Originally posted by Patman
Actually, it'd be funny to see Ted McGinley show up as a male gigolo in the middle of a murder case.

Yeah but it would jump the shark at that point.
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I'd love to see Ted McGinley show up as a crooked cop. Friday could bust him. That would be sweet.
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How about Marcy as a murderous lesbian on a rampage?
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