Primetime Show Reviews
review by Suzanne
Airs Wednesdays at 10 pm/9c on FX
This is the last season of this great show. It's a real shame,
but I guess all good things come to an end eventually. FX sent me the first 7
episodes of this season, and they are great as usual.
In case you have never seen it, the show is about NYC
firefighters, especially Tommy (played by Denis Leary), who started the show
racked with guilt after his cousin and best friend was killed in 9/11.
Tommy sees visions of his cousin, and he drinks a lot and cheats on his wife. By
this time, he has stopped drinking, but his life is still far from easy.
In many ways, this is a really good soap opera. It's not about
putting out fires professionally. It's about the personal lives of these
particular firefighters, their romances, their families, their jobs, etc. just
like any good soap.
Maura Tierney returns as Kelly and does an awesome job as
always. It's strange to see Callie Thorne here because I have been
watching her all summer on "Necessary Roughness"! The cast is great, of course.
The writing is superb and always has been. It is filled with
great characters, lots of subtle stuff, and also lots of in-your-face shocking
stuff as well. You won't be disappointed this season. It's a doozy! Especially
since this year is the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.
Update 8/21: FX was kind enough to send me the last two episodes
of the show, too. They are great!! The last three episodes air 8/24
through 9/7, and all three GREAT TV. They cram a ton of humor and drama in these
In the 8/24 episode, "Jeter", Tommy's daughter has her
rehearsal dinner, but that's just one tiny bit of the episode. It's a really
funny one. In the previous episode Tommy wrote these letters for in case he
dies, and he gave them to Lou. We see what Lou does with them in this episode,
and it's really good.
The 8/31 episode "Vows" is the wedding, and a lot of it is
really funny. (Some of it is really hard to watch because it's the embarrassment
type of humor) And then some really dramatic firefighter stuff happens at the
In the 9/7 episode "Ashes", some really shocking things happen
at the beginning of the episode, but then it is all turned upside down.
All of the loose ends of the series are tied up in this episode, but it may not
go how you expect. Some of this episode is very funny, too. I was laughing
a lot in this one. Tommy's wife has her baby, but again, this is a very
small part of the episode. The ending is really good, too. It's a
great ending for such a good show. Don't miss it!!
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