Laissez le Bon temp rouler... let the good times roll!
Nothing is simple in The Big Easy, the setting for Season One of this sexy, action-packed crime series. In New Orleans steamy Latin Quarter, passions run as hot as Tabasco, loyalty has the life expectancy of a Rum Hurricane and the dark waters of the Louisiana bayou tell no tales.
Based on the hit 1987 film, THE BIG EASY stars Tony Crane (WISHMASTER) as Remy McSwain, a freewheeling Cajun cop not above committing a crime to solve one, and Susan Walters (SEINFELD s Mulva )as beautiful but dedicated federal agent Anne Osborne, who will go the distance to uphold the law... even as far as jumping into Remy s bed.
Costarring Barry Corbin (NORTHERN EXPOSURE) and produced by Sonny Grosso, whose career as a New York City cop inspired THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE BIG EASY ran for two seasons on cable television's USA Network, bringing to discerning viewers a level of violence and eroticism at that time uncommon for prime time TV.
Includes all 22 episodes.
Available for the first time on DVD.
Originally aired on the USA Network.
Based on the critically acclaimed feature film starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin
Shot on location in New Orleans.
Stars Tony Crane (Wishmaster), Susan Walters (Seinfeld s Mulva ), and Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure).
Inspired by the feature of the same name, The Big Easy
aims to re-create the steamy, sexy vibe of Jim McBrides 1987 film and its New Orleans setting for the small screen. All things considered, these 22 episodes (on four discs; there are no bonus features) from the first season (1996) do a decent job of it. This is not a show that relies much on storytelling; the plots, all of them involving murder mysteries, tend to be pedestrian and obvious, although "Snakebit," in which victims are dispatched by an enormous python, is a notable exception. The emphasis is more on the characters, including pre-Katrina New Orleans and its distinctive lingo, neighborhoods, and music. As for the folks who populate the Crescent City (which might as well be called "The Big Sleazy," considering that everyone is on the make in one way or another), the good guys include veteran Barry Corbin as Remys boss, Capt. C.D. LeBlanc, and Eric George as trumpeter-police informant Smiley Dupree, while others run the low-rent gamut from crooked politicians and snaggle-toothed bayou boys to transsexual prostitutes and bookies with names like Automatic Slim. The principals, as in the film, are smooth-talking, rule-bending Det. Remy ("like the cognaq--smooth but strong") McSwain and his love interest, government attorney Anne Osborne. Neither Tony Crane nor Susan Walters is likely to make anyone forget Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin in those roles, but that's not simply because the actors aren't as good (which they aren't--Walters in particular lacks the seasoned sensuality Barkin brought to the role). As is the case with pretty much any relatively low-budget cable production (The Big Easy
ran for two seasons on the USA Network), the shows writing simply cant measure up to big-time Hollywood standards; in going for a light touch, too often it comes off as lightweight instead (although the dialogue is mostly good, the cutesy, almost constant arguing-flirting between the two leads quickly becomes tiresome). Still, any show that features the sounds of N'Awlins legends like Fats Domino and Earl King has its heart in the right place, and even if The Big Easy
is neither good enough to be a consistent pleasure nor bad enough to be a guilty one, theres still enough here to laissez les bon temps rouler
. --Sam Graham