In Plain Sight: Season 1
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Since 1970, the Federal Witness Protection Program has relocated thousands of witnesses - some criminal, some not – to neighborhoods all across the country. Every one of those individuals shares a unique attribute, distinguishing them from the rest of the general population. And that is, somebody wants them dead.Get lost with Mary McCormack as the compelling and quirky hit USA series In Plain Sight comes to DVD! U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (McCormack) works for the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC) relocating and protecting career criminals, compulsive liars, thieves, murderers, and the occasional innocent bystander. With the help of her partner Marshall Mann (yes, Marshal Marshall) and her beat-up but beloved car, she just may get through her workday in time to deal with her sort-of boyfriend, her flaky sister, and her ne’er-do-well mother. Featuring an impressive cast, including Fred Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Todd Williams, and Lesley Ann Warren, In Plain Sight is the funny, suspenseful drama that critics are calling “hugely entertaining!” (Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel).
An amusing blend of cop show action and dysfunctional family fireworks, the comedy-drama In Plain Sight benefits greatly from the charisma of its lead, Mary McCormack, as well as some promising episodes in this first-season set. TV and film vet McCormack (The West Wing, Murder One) finally gets a lead as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the Albuquerque office of the Witness Protection Program. The array of offbeat characters that fall under Mary’s jurisdiction--everyone from innocent witnesses of terrible crimes to less scrupulous types like Dave Foley’s obnoxious mob squealer (“Trojan Horst”) to a diamond smuggler (Missi Pyle) with wedding fever (“Never the Bride”)--present less problems for her than her family, which includes her overly dramatic mom (Lesley Ann Warren) and troublemaking sister (Nichole Hiltz), who has designs on Mary's on-again-off-again boyfriend (Cristian de la Fuente). Frederick Weller (as her quirky partner) and Paul Ben-Victor as her boss offer solid support, but In Plain Sight is McCormack’s showcase, and she shines in both the comic moments and more serious elements, most notably a confessional monologue in “High Priced Spread.” One wishes the scripts lived up to the performances--too often, the program coasts on glib dialogue, or worse, heavy-handed voice-overs--but these are fixable problems in the face of considerable potential. All 12 episodes of the first season are included in the three-disc set, as well as brief deleted scenes from each episode. --Paul Gaita
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Abrasive, cynical, tough, witty, beautiful, troubled and always caring underneath the facade, Mary is a marvelous heroine. And Mary McCormack portrays Mary in a most expressive and heart-wrenching way... simply terrific. Each episode peels back another layer of this multilayer person who struggles with family, personal and job-related issues.
I watch the shows countless times, always extracting another layer of understanding, either from the plot, the acting, which is superb, the monologues or even the music which so compliments the theme of each episode.
"In Iris doesn't Live Here Anymore," Mary remarks at the end, "People generally think of forgiveness as the flip side of contrition, the obligatory response to an apology. It is not. To forgive is to answer the call of our better angels, and bear our wounds as the cost of doing business. It is that rarest of things, simple and pure, transcendent, without strings."
In plain sight, indeed. Not always. Great stuff!
Mary is definitely a very complicated character, much more so than that of spy Michael Westen on the USA show ``Burn Notice''...but the storytelling technique is very similar to ``Burn Notice'' where Michael will offer voice-over commentary at the beginning and end of the episode as well as while things are going. The same thing is done by actress Mary McCormack playing Mary Shannon during each ``In Plain Sight'' episode, which makes everything seem just a bit more human when you can clearly hear the frustration in her voice at things that go on in her job, her interaction with her boyfriend, which she claims he's not, and with her family.
Fred Weller is also pretty funny as her partner, Marshall, yes...a U.S. Marshal named Marshall.
I would highly recommend this set to anyone who likes a well-told story with some action, but moreover good acting and good writing.