TV Show Reviews
Slap" review by Suzanne
It airs Thursdays 8/7 on NBC
I've only seen one episode of the show so far, but I
found it very interesting. It's very hard to know if the
future episodes will get better or worse. The show is about
a family (of Greek descent). The protagonist, Hector, works
for the city of New York. On his 40th birthday, he finds out
that he didn't get the big promotion that he'd hoped for.
His busy doctor wife throws a party for him, but he doesn't
really want to go to it. He's really doing the whole midlife
crisis thing. He has wicked thoughts about another woman
that works with his wife (who's much younger and seemingly
more interested, plus she kissed him). He seems poised to do
more than have wicked thoughts, but otherwise he's a good
person and everyone thinks highly of him.
It's mostly family at the party, and there are tensions
between everyone. His mother is a bit over-bearing, and his
wife has trouble with her bringing a lot of food to the
party and then giving them all a great gift - a trip to
Greece. One of his cousins, Harry, is a former military guy
who appears to be a rich businessman, and the other one,
Rosie, is a hippie-looking woman, and her husband Gary
doesn't much like Harry. Gary is left wing and doesn't think
that money is that important, but it seems like he really
just resents Harry. Harry is very successful and has
children that seem well-behaved (as does Hector).
Rosie and Gary's child is clearly a spoiled little monster.
With all of these tensions boiling up, the kid misbehaves
dangerously, and he ends up kicking Harry in the shins.
Harry just reacts, smacking the boy across the face. Well,
of course the boy gets upset and the parents have a fit.
Personally, while I don't like right-wingers or their
politics, I felt that Harry was completely justified (not
that I would have necessarily done the same thing). The
little brat had it coming and it's his parents that were to
blame. They're the ones that he should have smacked. I
felt that the reaction to his slap was a bit over-the-top,
but who knows how today's parents act. After that, the
party broke up and the couple threatened Harry with legal
The whole show has a 60's vibe to it. Perhaps it's the
jazz music, or the fact that it takes place in the suburbs
in New York. Or maybe it's the pace, which is a lot slower
than most TV network shows.
Over all, I think it's very well done and well written,
and certainly very well acted. It's based on a book that I
haven't read. They also had an Australian series based on
it. My only objection would be that it seems to be a bit
heavy-handed and could use a little more subtlety in the
characters and how they act. I'll need to watch more to see
if the whole thing is that way or if it was just the first
episode. Network TV does usually have programming that plays
to stupid people, and network TV executives often
underestimate their audience.
I love Zachary Quinto, who plays Harry, so it's worth
watching just for him. Check it out! It's another one of
those miniseries-type shows so it's only 8 episodes.
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