My guess is that "Smith" is an example where network TV has finally begun to feel the "heat" from similar fare that has been airing on cable, e.g., FX. In my opinion, "Smith" is NO "Thief" (the excellent limited series that aired on FX). But, for network TV, it's not bad, not bad at all ...
So far, I do have the feeling that Bobby's wife has an inkling that her husband is up to something that isn't exactly legit, and hiding stuff from her. Hell, they can't be livin' that large, just from her working in a dentist's office, and him sellin' cups...... But, I guess it takes a con to know one, because, apparently, the wife is on parole, in NA, and has to take drug tests - all without his knowledge. I'm just intrigued - a good thing - and I want to continue to watch to see what happens, especially now that the heist (from the pilot) has gone awry.
I missed the first 20 minutes or so of tonight's broadcast. Now, the guy from the crew who had the "Viking funeral", so to speak, at the end - was that Sean? Was he the one with the gambling problem, the weak link in the crew? And, who was Charlie? Was that the older woman that Bobby spoke to at that wedding and, then, on that air strip? And, if so, is she their boss (for those jobs)?
ArchieComicFan, she wanted the credit cards of women that looked like her because she rented the vehicles they used in the heist under those various ids. It will be just that many more deadends for the cops to track down. I wonder if she really did go to school with the one girl, or if she was just mistaken.
I wonder how Sean's buddy will explain his absence to his wife.
I got the impression that Bobby's place of work is somehow under the same control as his side occupation. Or at least his supervisor is.
I'll be interested in finding out more of the circumstances of how, why, etc., the one guy was in prison. The group don't seem like ones to leave any loose ends behind.
It looks like next week they will spend a lot of time with the authorities investigating the heist.
I can't stop thinking of the big boss lady as being Behruz's Mom in 24.
Also, I was wondering if the heist took place in Pittsburgh? In the first post here, it says Chicago. They always seemed to mention Pittsburgh when talking amongst themselves. I know Bobby told his wife St. Louis, but that was just a cover.
Missed most of it, I fell asleep! drat
Catwoman, the casualty was indeed Sean, the gambler. I kinda knew he'd bite the bullet because the actor was never listed in any of the many write-ups I'd read, plus his gambling problem was a dead giveaway. And yes, Charlie (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is the broker who sends Bobby his jobs.
radar, the heist did indeed take place in Pittsburgh. They took off in the boat on one of the Three Rivers, you could see the football stadium all lit up. And they said it was Pittsburgh a couple of times.
This show hooked me within the first few minutes. Only 24 has done that to me before.
Although the characters may seem kind of cold, I think we'll see a feeling of family from the 'crew' before long.
Excellent show, Liotta and Madsen totally shine.
"I'll meet you at the place near the thing that we went to that time." - Albert Brooks to Holly Hunter in Broadcast News
Just a question: Why are people turned off by watching a show with "anti-heroes", as it were? I love The Shield, but I sure don't like Vic Mackey's character. Ditto with Christian Troy from Nip/Tuck.
I think shows like The Shield, The Sopranos, and now Smith are enjoyable precisely because they challenge us. They show us that no matter how rotten a character is, we still may be able to find some glimmer of humanity that we identify with. I don't have to "root" for a character to become emotionally invested in him or the show.
I don't have a problem with anti-heroes. I just don't like characters that have no redeeming qualities or who do ill towards others just because they feel like it. It's one thing when it's bad guys stealing from other bad guys but I'm turned off by characters who are brutal just because. So far the only character I've seen being that way in Smith is the blond guy, Jeff (Simon Baker).
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^^Jeff seems to be a total sociopath. He kills without remorse (or any feeling, apparently) he uses women indiscriminately, he kicks cats, and I'm sure he'd steal from Girl Scouts given the opportunity. He's seriously bad.
Bobby, on the other hand, has the redeeming quality that he seems to genuinely and truly love his family. Perhaps he's not supporting them in the best way, but he knows that, and he wants out. I think losing Sean was a wake-up call, he knows that very easily could have been him.
I totally respect your opinion, though. The great thing about having so many channels available is that shows don't need to have huge ratings to stick around any more. You get more variety. I happen to think we're living in the golden age of television; movies are actually becoming quite irrelevant.