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The Player

"The Player" review by Suzanne 9/30/15
Airs Thursdays, 10/9c on NBC

I watched the first episode and enjoyed it. It's a fun, action show. It's very cool in every way. It's not at all realistic, either, but that's okay. It's just a fun adrenaline rush, like watching a superhero show (but not one that requires you to think a whole lot).

Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) is a former hit man/intelligence officer that now works for a top security firm in Las Vegas. He takes lots of risks to protect the high profile clients.  Then he gets pulled into a very dangerous "game" and targeted. His wife gets killed.

Wesley Snipes plays Mr. Johnson, a mysterious figure. Charity Wakefield plays a woman named Cassandra. They inform Alex, who's searching for his wife's killer, that rich people gamble on a life-or-death game. Johnson is the "pit boss" and Cassandra is the "dealer."  Alex plays the game (finds the bad guys), and the rich people bet on him.  He's not allowed to tell anyone about the game or get any help, except from Cassandra.

Alex agrees to play their game, but he's really more interested in finding out what really happened to his wife. This is a very weird show, but like I said, cool. Philip Winchester is a very striking hero, and he's probably also the best actor in the group.  He makes us really feel for his character. He also has a dash of James Bond in him.

If you like lots of action, this is your show. If you care about realism, this is definitely not it. Fans of "24" or Winchester's former show "Strike Back" should enjoy this one. I would definitely watch this one for fun, mindless TV on a Saturday night.

MORE INFORMATION:

From the executive producers of “The Blacklist” comes the action-packed Las Vegas-set thriller “The Player.” The series co-stars Wesley Snipes as a pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative turned security expert Philip Winchester (“Strike Back,” “Fringe”) to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins. 

John Rogers serves as writer and executive producer. John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri also executive produce. “The Player” is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment and Kung Fu Monkey.

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Episodes:


 

PILOT (TV-14)

ELITE GAMBLING ORGANIZATION BET ON A SPECIAL OPS ABILITY TO STOP CRIME- Special op turned security expert, Alex Kane (Philip Winchester), is unable to catch his ex-wife Ginny's (Daisy Betts) murderer. In searching for justice Kane crosses paths with a shadowy organization, called the House, led by Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) and Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield). Kane reluctantly joins forces with the elite organization whose members bet on whether he can stop future crimes. Also starring- Damon Gupton, Carlo Rota, Nitya Vidyasagar and Jade Bender

 

ANTE UP (TV-14)

THE BETS ARE IN AND THE CRIMES BEGIN- Alex Kane (Philip Winchester) is sent to stop a diamond heist and runs into an old colleague that wants information. Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) and Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield) intervene and threaten to call off the bets. Finally, Kane attends Ginny's (Daisy Betts) funeral and uncovers some shocking evidence about her murder. Also starring- Damon Gupton

L.A. TAKEDOWN (TV-14)

ALEX AND CASSANDRA HEAD TO LOS ANGELES- Alex (Philip Winchester) enlists a friend to investigate Ginny's murder even further, but Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) intervenes. Meanwhile, Kane and Cassandra (Charity Wakefield) head to the city of angels to stop a sniper from executing a drug cartel's plan for revenge. Detective Brown (Damon Gupton) assists the FBI in an investigation regarding missing ex-special ops in Vegas. Adrian Bellani, Dustin Ybarra, Kadee Strickland, Mackenzie Astin and Fiona Dourif also guest star.

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