Life: Season 1
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The pilot episode is a knockout, the kind of show featuring moments one has never seen before, such as a scene in which Charlie is forced to shoot a suspect and then talks him through an almost dream-like death. Subsequent episodes are a little uneven in quality, but the overall package is quite compelling, particularly as Charlie quietly solves the mystery of the murders for which he was blamed. Throughout, Charlie's religious transformation in prison collides with his darker impulses toward possible revenge, making Life a fascinating study in conflict. --Tom Keogh
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LIFE looks to be a very promising cop detective show, and not because the mysteries themselves are dynamite stuff or anything. No, the viewing addiction lies in watching the lead actor work his craft. Britisher Damian Lewis is simply fabulous as the wounded, brooding protagonist, trying to piece his life back together. It's fun watching Crews apply his askewed perspective on his cases. I'm normally not a fan of folks who sling zen about, but Lewis makes it such a quirky and integral part of his character. And if it's a loose cannon with an agenda slinging that zen, all the better. After all, zen helped Crews survive the penitentiary. I also like the little touches which remind us that Crews is still coping with his new found freedom, whether it's his habit of munching on fresh fruit (they never have fresh fruit in prison) or his preference for light and open air or the fact that he still doesn't have furniture in his home.
Lewis's supporting cast is so-so. I do enjoy Sarah Shahi, who's a former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. She plays the no-nonsense Dani Reese, Crews' new partner and not ecstatic about it. It's true that her character tends to fall in the generic character-saddled-with-demons category, so, yeah, nothing new from that angle.Read more ›
The peacock network has a habit of arrogantly canceling shows long before their time. They do away with quality programming for lesser quality shows that cost them pennies to produce. All they care about is the bottom line. If it's too expensive, too smart or high quality, you can forget about it having a long life on this networkk.
It started with Surface. Remember the wonderfully creative show about oceanographers back in 2005/2006? If not, it's no wonder. They cancelled that after one season. Just one. They didn't bother to look beyond the numbers. If they had, they would have seen a very large fan base of loyal viewers. Surface went on to be one of the best selling TV series on DVD, still being steadily purchased almost 4 years later.
And now we have Life. A show that was so unique, so intelligent, so funny, so high quality, so well scripted and acted that it's unlike any other show I've seen. Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi & Adam Arkin were unbelievable in bringing deep, sensitive, complex characters to life. Sure, NBC gave Life two seasons, but wasn't fair to it when it was on. Like another reviewer mentioned, they bounced it all around the schedule like a rubber ball. They didn't promote it; I barely saw commercials when it was on. So instead of backing the show, putting their faith behind it, they just canned it like everything else that's good. Didn't even think twice. All for that so-brilliant idea of putting Leno on at 10 (robbing 5 shows a spot in prime time). What a great business move, guys!Read more ›
The two detectives are relectant partners (mostly on Dani's part), but as the series goes on they become grudging friends, finding that they work better with each other than without. Each episode focuses on two things: a case they must solve, and det. Crews's efforts to figure out who set him up for murder. He is a very rich man as a result of being unfairly incarcerated, but right from the beginning we can see that he has some demons to face. Dani also has her share of personal problems, and while we don't know everything that has brought her to her current emotionally distraught state, the show does reveal bits and pieces of her backstory. Crews makes some headway into his own case, but you'll have watch the show to see what it is.
Crews is such a cool character, and gives "Life" a flair that is often missing from other crime shows. The cases are serious, but det. Crews's...peculiar...personality make this show engaging and a delight to watch. "Life" gets my vote as the most underrated show on the air right now. I can't recommend it enough.
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This show is great and the price was fantastic. Have wtached 2 of 3 dvds so far whithout any glitches. Very happy with the product!Published 10 days ago by M. Finn
Love this show. It's too bad it was cut short after Season 2. Want more of this type of show (intelligent cops).Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent show if you never saw it, two seasons. Came in perfect conditionPublished 1 month ago by Dominic Cleveland
Life is probably one of the best shows ever. I was happy to get a second season but wish there were many more.Published 2 months ago by Hart3131
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