Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Elizabeth 9/15/04
Airing at 10pm Wednesdays on FX, is Rescue Me Denis Leary’s newest show. The
show focuses on firemen, specifically from Engine 62 in a post September 11th
world. This show, like most of Leary's work has language & scenes that some
viewers find objectionable, though for true Leary fans I doubt it will come as a
Leary plays Tommy Gavin, a firefighter who along with his co-workers risks his
life everyday. Leary gives us his character as one of the most honest characters
portrayed on television - an alcoholic, self hating, pill popping father that's
going through a divorce. As if that weren't enough he also sees dead people.
Haunted by the ghosts of those he cannot save, specifically his cousin, Jimmy
who died at the WTC on 9/11 he's complex and conflicted.
The show doesn't shy away from showing the less heroic side of the firehouse by
showing the firemen similar to college fraternity buddies who get in arguments,
and play tricks on one another. There is a fireman who writes poetry as an
emotional release and hides it from his wife, a chief who has a serious gambling
problem another firefighter who has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
That's not to mention the 'newbie' who is constantly getting jokes played on
him, the fireman who is a few bricks short of a load and there's also the ladies
man who loves getting with the ladies.
Don't let the fact that this show is part comedy fool you, it most definitely
addresses some of the personal & emotional issues facing the FDNY in the
aftermath of September 11th.
The great thing about this show is that Leary is not trying to portray firemen
as perfect heroes. Most of them are flawed, and yet still continue to do their
job. His wife on the show, Janet (Andrea Roth) gives him the diagnosis that
Leary is a guy who "a walk around like everything is fine, when you're dead
As someone who isn't into the reality show craze - this show is great. It has
you both laughing and thinking.
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