Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Old 01-13-21, 01:32 PM
  #26  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,855
Received 72 Likes on 57 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Is Evil CBS? That was pretty awesome so CBS can make good shows. Still no interest in this.
Old 01-13-21, 08:27 PM
  #27  
DVD Talk God
 
Deftones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Arizona
Posts: 78,482
Received 707 Likes on 507 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

CBS occasionally can have great shows. Person of Interest was amazing. The one season we got of Limitless was fantastic. I am thoroughly enjoying Seal Team. But yeah, this looks bad.
Old 01-14-21, 10:04 AM
  #28  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Mike86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 23,142
Received 730 Likes on 598 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

I think a lot of the problem with CBS shows in general is that if they’re hits then they stay on the air forever and just get old after a while. That and so many of their shows have kind of a samey feel to them.
Old 01-14-21, 11:51 AM
  #29  
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 116
Received 6 Likes on 3 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by Mike86 View Post
I think a lot of the problem with CBS shows in general is that if they’re hits then they stay on the air forever and just get old after a while. That and so many of their shows have kind of a samey feel to them.
Agreed, I think that Person of Interest tricked CBS into thinking it was a typical procedural show to get it aired and then evolved it.
Old 01-14-21, 05:21 PM
  #30  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Runaway's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 1,015
Received 201 Likes on 163 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by marka351 View Post
Agreed, I think that Person of Interest tricked CBS into thinking it was a typical procedural show to get it aired and then evolved it.
The Good Wife is another example for that, but mostly it's just NCIS and Blue Bloods. There was a time when I at least watched every new pilot episode. I just checked the last CBS pilot I've watched is Code Black from 2015.
Old 01-15-21, 03:18 PM
  #31  
DVD Talk Legend
 
d2cheer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 10,919
Received 186 Likes on 131 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Person Of Interest is the last CBS show I have watched. Can't even recall one before that. But POI was a fantastic series loved it.
Old 01-15-21, 08:19 PM
  #32  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,389
Received 126 Likes on 111 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Person of Interest was actually owned and produced by Warner. CBS was primarily the on-air network that ran the episodes.

Not entirely clear how much direction (or veto) that CBS imposed.
Old 01-18-21, 01:20 PM
  #33  
DVD Talk God
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 69,860
Received 1,766 Likes on 1,299 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Here's the full trailer that premiered last night



Queen Latifah's character's name is Robin McCall, not Robert like the movies.

and they're using Adam Goldberg as the tech geek. He played almost the exact same kind of character on the Taken reboot.
Old 01-18-21, 11:42 PM
  #34  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 4,506
Received 52 Likes on 45 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

I loved the original series and the movies, I’m having a hard time seeing QL as the main character.

I’ll give it a watch but I’m not very hopeful.
Old 01-19-21, 09:47 AM
  #35  
DVD Talk Legend
 
whotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: ^ Kristen Bell
Posts: 21,067
Received 241 Likes on 196 Posts
re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Did she say “I want to use my powers for good.” In that preview?
Old 02-07-21, 08:45 PM
  #36  
DVD Talk God
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 69,860
Received 1,766 Likes on 1,299 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

If you don’t care about the Super Bowl and plan to DVR this tonight, I would pad at least 30 minutes.

The game still has about 7 minutes left and there’s a postgame as well.

Of course if you have CBS All Access then it doesn’t matter.

TV Line reviewed it and gave it a B

https://tvline.com/2021/02/05/the-eq...queen-latifah/
Old 02-07-21, 08:54 PM
  #37  
Premium Member
 
E Unit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: In my Breakfast Nook looking at Why So Blu
Posts: 17,524
Received 676 Likes on 512 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Here's the full trailer that premiered last night

https://youtu.be/zgCBbz_hlkc


Queen Latifah's character's name is Robin McCall, not Robert like the movies.

and they're using Adam Goldberg as the tech geek. He played almost the exact same kind of character on the Taken reboot.
Or is she perhaps Robert’s sister? I can see them trying to make Denzel’s next Equalizer movie being a “family” affair.
Old 02-07-21, 09:10 PM
  #38  
Moderator
Thread Starter
 
dex14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 39,086
Likes: 0
Received 2,740 Likes on 1,873 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by E Unit View Post
Or is she perhaps Robert’s sister? I can see them trying to make Denzel’s next Equalizer movie being a “family” affair.
I don’t think that would work. Different production companies between the film and tv series.
Old 02-07-21, 09:50 PM
  #39  
DVD Talk God
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 69,860
Received 1,766 Likes on 1,299 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Started 40 minutes late after football
Old 02-07-21, 10:06 PM
  #40  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,389
Received 126 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

So far it sorta has a "person of interest" vibe, but without an AI mcguffin.
Old 02-07-21, 10:40 PM
  #41  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 31,260
Received 59 Likes on 52 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by morriscroy View Post
So far it sorta has a "person of interest" vibe, but without an AI mcguffin.
And without a solid cast.
Old 02-07-21, 10:47 PM
  #42  
DVD Talk Legend
 
whotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: ^ Kristen Bell
Posts: 21,067
Received 241 Likes on 196 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by morriscroy View Post
So far it sorta has a "person of interest" vibe, but without an AI mcguffin.

I was thinking this also.
Old 02-07-21, 11:05 PM
  #43  
Moderator
 
TheBigDave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Florida
Posts: 12,082
Received 366 Likes on 265 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

I wasn't impressed. There was nothing unique about it. It felt like a dozen other shows. I'm tired of seeing a superhacker character. And I just didn't buy Queen Latifah as an asskicking ex-CIA vigilante.
Old 02-07-21, 11:16 PM
  #44  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,389
Received 126 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

The sniper looks like Liza in Dollhouse from a decade ago.
Old 02-07-21, 11:25 PM
  #45  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,389
Received 126 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I'm tired of seeing a superhacker character.
That was my initial thought on the hacker's first segments. Though by today's standards, the type of hacking/surveillance portrayed so far isn't so outlandish anymore and might very well be "mundane".

So far it didn't go down (yet) to CSI: Cyber or MacGyver reboot levels of unrealistic hacking stupidity. (Wonder if the producers hired a computer hacker consultant to read over the scripts for hacking accuracy?)

Last edited by morriscroy; 02-07-21 at 11:33 PM.
Old 02-08-21, 12:32 AM
  #46  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Koby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Isle de Muerta
Posts: 2,799
Received 84 Likes on 71 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Really enjoyed the film, but have zero desire to see a TV series from it starring Latifah.
Old 02-08-21, 02:06 AM
  #47  
DVD Talk Legend
 
B5Erik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Southern California
Posts: 12,724
Received 265 Likes on 214 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

I love the Denzel Equalizer movies.

I love the concept (a former CIA agent helping people who have no one else to turn to).

But QUEEN LATIFAH?

She's not physically fit (not the last that I saw), and she's how old now? 50? Sorry, I don't buy her as an ass kicking force that no one can take down. If you're going to cast a woman as The Equalizer, it should be someone with some action credentials. Someone you can buy as a total physical badass. Queen Latifah ain't that.

I really don't get the casting here.
Old 02-08-21, 10:35 AM
  #48  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Rob V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: On the lake
Posts: 11,806
Received 181 Likes on 149 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post
I love the Denzel Equalizer movies.

I love the concept (a former CIA agent helping people who have no one else to turn to).

But QUEEN LATIFAH?

She's not physically fit (not the last that I saw), and she's how old now? 50? Sorry, I don't buy her as an ass kicking force that no one can take down. If you're going to cast a woman as The Equalizer, it should be someone with some action credentials. Someone you can buy as a total physical badass. Queen Latifah ain't that.

I really don't get the casting here.
I assume they're killing a few birds with one stone...
Old 02-08-21, 11:29 AM
  #49  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,389
Received 126 Likes on 111 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

No mention of a pandemic. It appears the pilot was written back in January 2020, slightly before covid was on the media's radar.

https://www.primetimer.com/pilots/pi...er-2020-series

Not entirely clear when this first episode was filmed. Though the scenes with Adam Goldberg were likely shot after November 11, 2020.

https://deadline.com/2020/11/adam-go...es-1234612489/
https://www.hobokengirl.com/queen-la...the-equalizer/

If covid and blm were to appear outright, most likely it would be the next episode or later. (ie. After it was officially picked up in May 2020).



Old 02-08-21, 12:19 PM
  #50  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: St Louis, MO
Posts: 7,250
Received 100 Likes on 74 Posts
Re: The Equalizer starring... Queen Latifah (CBS) - premieres 2/7/21

Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I wasn't impressed. There was nothing unique about it. It felt like a dozen other shows. I'm tired of seeing a superhacker character. And I just didn't buy Queen Latifah as an asskicking ex-CIA vigilante.
Agree on all counts. I think Queen Latifah is a good actress, but not a fit for this character. The "superhacker" is definitely a tired trope at this point and almost always serves as a too-convenient deus ex machina.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.