Ray Donovan: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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Elliott Gould as Ezra Goldman plays, a confidant, collaborator and patron of Ray’s - but who is slowly losing his rationality. Then there is Rays’ wife Abby (Paula Malcomson) who wants to be part of the good life in Los Angeles. Abby has an almost obsessive need to push - to attain more and more has stressed their relationship. Then of course there are their two children who are rather impressionable. Bring into the mix Rays’ dysfunctional siblings and a father (who Ray wants to keep well away from) who has just left prison who is both devious, a prime manipulator and petty criminal Mickey played by Jon Voight.
The series has the cultural sub-text of being Boston Irish, Catholicism, church abuse, old- family roots versus the fresh-start and new beginnings of California. It’s a culture clash that adds that extra depth to the series. As creator and writer Ms Ann Biderman has fashioned a testosterone driven, coarse and clever series, which seems to break new ground for good drama – a rather addictive series.
Liv Schreiber plays Ray, a dark, brooding man who is called at all hours to fix someone's problems. He s employed by Goldman and Drexter, a law firm. This is a tough job, very physical, often employing guns and the like. Fists fly, threats are made. Often the situations are sexual in nature, and Ray knows how to fix everyone's problems. He has a staff who are the best at their work, and the insurance the law firm must have to cover them is probably in the millions.
Ray has a family, wife, Abby, played by Paula Malcomson, two children, a boy and girl. They are Boston Irish and all came to LA to hide from Ray's father, Mickey, played byJon Voight. The dysfunction in this family is like no other. Mickey is said to be responsible for his daughter's suicide, and has killed a Priest. It sounds like Mickey was part of the Boston Mafia. He went to prison for twenty years, and was let out early, ostensibly to rat on Ray for the FBI. One happy family, once Mickey journeys to LA to join Ray's brothers at their boxing establishment.
Each episode, and there are 12, opens with a client needing Ray's services. Ray and his wife are always on the 'outs', and he often stays in an apartment in LA. Abby, the wife, seems innocent of what kind of person Ray is, which is difficult to swallow. The biggest complaint I have is of Abby's false Boston accent, drives me crazy, it is so noticeable, and she is the only one who fakes the accent.
The interaction between Ray and his father is often grim and turns personal at times.Read more ›
I actually felt more for the supporting characters: Ray's brothers Terry and Bunchy played by Eddie Marsan and Dash Miholk, and Ray's wife played by Paula Malcomson. Paula had to carry a lot of weight in her scenes and rescue a character that would have been a crying, wining mess in another actor's hands. I would have been addicted to the show if it was about Terry, his illness and his boxing club.
Ray has two employees who seem eternally dedicated to Ray and we know not why (or know very little). Tremendous actors wasted in tiny roles.
The story over the course of the season was ...meh. Some of the climactic scenes were brushed over where other seemingly throwaway scenes went on forever. I was hoping for much more and by the end I did want to know more about some characters (at least stuff I should have gotten a glimpse of by episode 6), so I rated it 3 stars.
On the complete surface side, whomever tailored Liev's suits was rocking great styling. Wow! Cany anybody say James Bond?
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I did not like the bad language used on this show. I thought this it would be like Harry Bosch.Published 20 minutes ago by Mejane
Positively entertaining. A little Scandal, The Godfather, race/ethnic/gender issues, family and blended family relationships, husband and wife partnership, merging of fact... Read morePublished 1 day ago by carol scott
The series is outstanding and believable. John Voight nails the aging Boston mobster, seamlessly transporting his evil ways to the West Coast. Schreiber is excellent, too. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tom MacDonald