TV Show Reviews
Band Society" review by Suzanne
Premieres September 17 on FOX
I love the cast in this show, but I can't say I really
love the show. For one thing, it seemed more like an ABC
Family show than a FOX show. It was very heartwarming, but
otherwise, there wasn't much to it. The show is about a
difficult subject matter - kids with cancer in a hospital.
However, they seemed to bend over backwards to make the show
positive and uplifting, no matter what. No one dies in the
first episode. In fact, the kids barely seem sick at all.
It's not very realistic, and it's full of clichés.
The show's kids are very likable and engaging. They have
real acting talent. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays the
nurse in the kid's ward. One of the kids narrates the show
because he's in a coma, which is an interesting plot device
(although stolen right from the TV show "Saving Hope").
Dave Annable, who's always great to see, plays a cancer
I just didn't see anything in the pilot episode that
would make me want to tune in again, and I can't imagine
that the show is going to survive. I don't think anyone will
want to watch it, as uplifting as it may be and as charming
as the cast is. It's also a dramedy, which means it
has a lot of humor as well as drama. Sometimes those shows
are hard for audiences to classify.
One of the boys in the show has lost his leg to cancer
and another one has cancer in his leg and might lose it. One
girl has an eating disorder and another one has a bad heart.
Yet they're all very plucky and earnest. One of the
boys decides they should all get his red hospital arm bands
and thus the name of the show.
The show faces tough competition against "The 100", which
is probably a lot more popular with teens, as well as 3
other popular shows. I wouldn't invest in its future, even
though it is produced by Stephen Spielberg.
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