The Big Easy: Season 1
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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
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Top customer reviews
This show has intriguing stories, colorful characters, and I loved the seeing the other side of New Orleans, the side that shows the idea of real people that live in such an amazing city.The music is just, WOW. They need to make a music CD from this show. I should buy a back up of this DVD because I know I'll wear mine out.
Charming, charming, charming, ooh and sexy too!
Anyway, now, looking at the show I must say it is pretty bad. I love the music, the setting and the sexy vibe of it all, but story and acting wise it leaves much to be desired. It is just not very sophisticated. Remy McSwain (Tony Crane) is your typical film-noir detective. His character is pretty one dimensional and he acts more like he was a private eye than a cop. He is a caricature of your typical loner detective who has a problem with authority really and who roams the steamy city with driving a metallic blue Corvette with the top down while wearing white linen suits with yellow silk shirts and a gold ring. He really doesnt have much of a personality beyond that. I seriously doubt any cop could walk around and behave like that - not even in NO; then again, this is one of the charming things about the show - although it would have been nice to have a multidimensional character.
Ann Osbourne (Susan Walters) who's supposed to be the assistant DA is not very believable in that role, mainly because she spends most of her time chasing people around while playing detective with Remy and throwing in the occasional legal jargon to create tension between her and Remy.
The series is filled with clichees like that. For example, the chief of police walks around with a cigar in his mouth all day making snide remarks (you wonder how he became chief, he never seems to do any work). The cranky female assistant is a bit quirky and is always ready to deliver some smart remark to antagonize the lead and of course there is the lead's side-kick and buddy who is willing to break the rules on his behalf because he aint a cop like Remy.
So yes the story lines are unbelievable and the characters full formula, but I go in there understanding and accepting this as a premise and enjoy it.
I also dont care it supposedly wasnt a 100% accurate depiction of New Orleans or if the Cajun accent wasnt copied meticulously. This isnt supposed to be a freaking documentary but a lightweight cop show placed in New Orleans. If you want something more authentic, with the same story lines evolving around either sexual abuse, rape or passionate murders because of sexual abuse and rape, go watch Law Order or CSI. This show is mid/late 90s, kitch; it is goofy and colorful with a great soundtrack. Has sort of an innocence and simplicity to it that you cannot find in any of the TV shows of today that mostly seem to be about some kind of government or alien conspiracy with a political undertone. This show is easy entertainment and Tony Crane is just dope.