Series premiere: The Fix
Back at the start of the TV season, I read about “The Fix”, and all I got out of it was “second chance at a serial murder case”, and my gut said CANCELLATION. I watched the first episode, and I am sticking with that prediction even though I would kind of like it to continue, even though I won’t be watching it.
The premise is a prosecutor goes after a celebrity for murder, and he is found not guilty. She retreats into the hills, leaves the DA’s office, finds a boyfriend, rides horses. Eight years later and her old partner comes knocking — the celebrity has killed someone else, they think, and he wants her to come back and help out. A second chance to GET HIM. The funny thing is that you see both sides of the case, at least somewhat, and the supposed bad guy is pretty convincing acting like the aggrieved victim of a campaign of harassment. He still has a celebrity lawyer, and he’s slick as a snake. The battle is on.
It has a similar feel to the “ripped from the headlines” tabloid dramas that were tried a couple of years ago that didn’t take. False tension, angst, drama, oooh, sexy, right? Well, not really. And since you don’t meet the victim in the opening (nor the prior victims), there isn’t much hatred to tap into to see them go after the guy again.
My first surprise in the show, since I knew very little about it, is the star. Robin Tunney plays the DA who lost 8 years before, back for Round 2, and I loved her as Agent Lisbon in The Mentalist. But let’s face it, she was second fiddle to the razzle dazzle of Patrick Jane. She wasn’t asked to emote very often, and she has limited range that I’ve seen. Here? She walks around like the previous trial just ended — exhausted, muted, sleepwalking, reluctant. I didn’t give a rat’s ass about her drama, where is our fiery sword of justice for the victim? Meh.
For other cast members, it’s a mixed bag…Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje plays the presumed killer, and I saw nothing worth noticing in his performance; Scott Cohen plays the slick defense lawyer, and he does a decent job; Adam Rayner plays the DA who brought the old DA back, but it’s a bit hard to get a handle on him or his character; Breckin Meyer plays the big DA in the office, and it’s nice to see him after Designated Survivor rehabilitated his ability to do semi-serious after Franklin and Bash type-casting; and Marc Blucas plays the cowboy boyfriend that Tunney’s character lives with on a ranch. It’s been a long time since he played Riley on Buffy, and it was nice to see him again.
Yet I didn’t care about ANY of the characters, who was dead, who did it, or any of the drama.