Graceland Series Premiere Review: When Secret Agents Stop Being Polite... and Start Getting Real

Graceland S01E01: "Pilot"


I'm not going to say that everyone loves the beach because I know tons of people who violently hate the beach, but I love the beach, and for every person I know who hates it, I think I know at least two who embrace their melanoma-in-development, so I'll say that "a lot" of people love the beach, and FBI agents, DEA agents, and U.S. Customs agents aren't immune to that sentiment—except the new guy, Mike Warren, because white boy is gonna burn SO BAD. (I feel your pain, bro.)

However: Warren—who's fresh out of Quantico and graduated at the top of his class, because of course he did—has proven himself a quick study, and potential second-degree sunburns are something that can easily be avoided by asking the nice people at Walgreens for the "albino" sunblock. Just remember to reapply, because reapplication is key... and I always, always forget to do it. 

Anyway, for our purposes, Mikey is the newest resident of "Graceland," the swankified beachfront home that the DEA seized from a drug lord with an Elvis obsession and re-purposed for the most top-secret Real World casting call ever. He landed a spot on the lease when DEA agent Donnie blew his cover by literally dropping the ball—which he was supposed to hold in the crook of his elbow while "shooting up" so that he could convince antsy drug dealers that he totally wasn't a cop. Oops. 

Well, at least Donnie didn't die—though to hear ladyfriend/partner Lauren talk, you'd think he had. Revenge this. Revenge that. OH, and don't touch his stuff, newbie, because your ass is going back to Virginia ASAP even though Donnie's cover is blown and he's now essentially useless as an operative. Yeah, yeah, yeah. 

Halfway through Graceland's pilot and Lauren's seemingly endless bloodlust, it crossed my mind that, as painfully cliche as it would be, at least if Donnie was dead, Lauren wouldn't seem like such a psycho—but then we wouldn't have gotten the OH SNAP moment when undercover Mikey was sent to waste his predecessor, which was pretty sweet, especially once the two decided to work together like adults, Lauren, to convince Mike's handlers that the job was done. I wouldn't be against seeing more Donnie in the future, even in some capacity. Honestly, when he was revealed to have survived his shooting after all, I pegged him for a future villain, someone who'd be angered by the "betrayal" of being kicked out of the house after his botched assignment. Given Graceland's no-clear-cut-good-guys-or-bad-guys schtick, hey, it could still become a thing. But by the end of our first day with the crew, it was revealed that for now, the one we're supposed to be suspicious of is actually Mike's keeper—the legendary, cool-in-a-stereotypically-cool-way super-agent, Briggs. 

I've seen at least one promo for Graceland that revealed the truth about Mike's assignment at the beach house, but for the most part, the ads for Graceland were careful to play up the series up as a sunny, West Coast White Collar with an uptight guy and a laid-back guy catching criminals in a stylishly scenic location—but clearly (and hopefully) that isn't the case.  

I love me some White CollarGraceland creator Jeff Eastin's other USA Network hit—but it never fails that halfway through each season, I find myself struggling to care about what's going on. While every season has an overarching plot, the main emphasis on an episode-to-episode basis is on the case-of-the-week, which is sometimes interesting and sometimes not, but in the end it doesn't really matter because Pete and Neal always come out victorious by the time the end-credits roll. I find that I enjoy the series much more when it's consumed in one big gulp, because the dreaded wheel-spinning feeling is lessened. 

Graceland, by shifting the real focus of the story, at least for now, from catching drug dealers to taking a critical look at supposed allies, has already brought a more immediate feeling to the season, and in the event that Briggs really is the threat that Mike's superiors seem to suspect that he is, our two leads are poised to play a very tight game of cat and mouse. 

My only concern is that the whole good-guys-who-aren't-really-good-guys thing worked exceptionally well on both Covert Affairs and Suits last summer... until it didn't. Both shows started out incredibly strong with their intricate stories and delightfully complicated characters and situations... only to fizzle in the run-up to their finales. 

However, Graceland is Graceland, and I'm excited because it's establishing twisty alliances and character motives right off the bat—something that could make all the difference when it comes to the show's ability to deliver. 

First episodes are hard to judge. I thoroughly enjoyed this one on its own, as it provided an excellent introduction to Graceland: The House and its inhabitants (mostly). However, as an introduction to the series, I'm cautiously optimistic. The reveal of Mike's real mission altered the true direction of the series, at least as I'd perceived it to be, and in this one instance, it worked. I'm excited. I want to watch more, but I'm also worried that once we do see more, that it won't measure up to the good stuff in the pilot. 

That's the risk you run with any new series, though. So I've got my Barbie bathing suit and my industrial-strength sunscreen all ready to go and I'm content just to chill here with my cooler of brewskis until further notice. Grab a towel and join me, kiddos!



GREETINGS FROM SUNNY SOCAL!

– How did the Russians know where Donnie was being kept? Mole? Do you think Briggs is really dirty?

– Sunset Bust is going to be the running joke that keeps on giving, isn't it?

– Any theories as to why Felix didn't just out Mike as a cop when the "family lawyer" arrived to put the fear of God into him? Is it that they they probably would have just slaughtered his family outright, right then? I was a little unclear. 

– Delighted that Mike didn't painfully suck at his first undercover gig. It wouldn't have made sense considering he's supposed to be the "best of the best," but it just seemed like the quick and easy way to emphasize his lack of experience in the "real world." So kudos for not falling to temptation, Graceland

– House rules: No guns downstairs. No civilians upstairs. Respect the chore wheel. Don't drink D.J.'s O.J. Got it. 



What'd you think of Graceland's series premiere? 

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I really liked it..... told a bunch of friends about it..... It was fun to watch, entertaining.... that's what I ask from a TV show.
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Didn't care for the pilot at all. Given what these folks do for a living, where was the darkness, the grit, the tension of dealing with the dealiest of criminals? Instead, they went for some kind of light-hearted fluff which absolutely did not belong on this show, IMO.
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I really enjoyed it BUT what was the point of the black agent? Is that just tokenism to have him on the show given that he barely had any lines and has nothing to do with the rest of the cast?
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He'll probably come into play more later in the season, or I hope so, anyway. It was a lot of characters to establish in just the pilot.
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I hope you are right.
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-Lauren really was annoying as hell wasn't she? Honestly, she already had a strike against her because all I kept thinking about while looking at Scottie was that she played DiNozzo's gf in NCIS, and I didn't like her in that either. I mean someone needed to tell that girl to chill the heck out or something. They're on the beach for goodness sake. Surf it off! She was unnecessarily intense and just..ugh. It was very juvenile. Honestly, I loathe when what are supposed to be strong female characters resort to behaving like adolescents.
-I'm not convinced that Briggs is dirty. Also, was that last bit supposed to be this huge surprise? I kept hearing that it was this huge surprise, but it was in fact something that was talked about in Graceland interviews and eluded to in the promos. Did viewers honestly not know that Warren was sent there to investigate Briggs? Isn't that the basic plot of the show as of present?
-The pilot didn't suck. I thought it was alright. I like USA shows. So I was pretty much an in on this from the beginning. I thought it suffered a little from the pilotitis but that's to be expected.
-The note-taking bit annoyed me. They didn't have to spoon-feed to us or the other characters that warren is a rookie by having him do something so foolish. Especially when they end up portraying him later on as someone who can think quickly on his feet etc.
- The characters made me chuckle. I can't lie. I'm thinking to myself, oh look, there's that theater dude, that nurse guy from Grey's Anatomy, that annoying broad from NCIS, the mother flecking Red Power Ranger (seriously? wow.), that Italian chick who always plays Latina chicks from CSI:NY, and yet to come that annoying yet badass chick from Breakout Kings. M'kay. Everyone had their little personalities and characterizations trying to come out. Fair enough. DJ with the OJ was kinda corny. Johnny being the jokester can easily get old quick. I'm suspicious of Charlie playing mother hen. I mean it's possibly nice now but I can see there being more to it down the road.
-I also noticed that they tried a little too hard to be cool and humorous. They toe that line quite nicely on White Collar, with quirky Mozzie and his trademark comments, and Neal's charming sardonic remarks. And they nail the hell out of that shizz on Suits, which to me has some of the best, wittiest dialogue on television right now. But low rider, and shooting a guy on the toilet etc...I sighed a couple of times instead of chuckling like I'm sure they hoped that I would do.
-Donnie seemed like a cool dude. Cool enough where by the time he and Warren worked out the whole not killing each other bit I was able to ignore the fact that he recklessly and literally dropped the ball in the beginning.
-I didn't hate it. I'd watch it again. It was okay enough for me to keep watching, plus it does have pople I like in it and it's a USA show that'll hold my interest. But I don't think it was great enough to take Suits' Thursday night timeslot. I'm a little annoyed about that. Suits and Thursdays went hand in hand.
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This didn't feel like a USA show to me. It felt like I was watching The L.A. Complex with cops instead of actors.
That seems to be the plot of the show, but I didn't know it. The show held no interest for me, so I had read or watched nothing about it.

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Agree with the consensus on Lauren (I still see her as Tony DiNozzo's girlfriend from NCIS), but she'll only be in 2 more episodes, so I'm okay with that. Yeah, Briggs is hiding something, but the FBI chief who assigned Mikey is the big baddie, obvs. I'm picking John as my early favorite character, although Charlie's not bad either.

Not bad for a pilot. Considering how many pilots of good shows really stink, this is promising.

The writers of Castle have published 3 Nikki Heat books. I hope someone produces Sunset Bust. (Can't be worse than Hot Tub Time Machine 2.)
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Good pilot and good review;-)

The comments cleared up my confusion about why Felix didn't say Mike was a cop/FBI.

Leaving Mike's initial destination choice on his paperwork was a slightly clumsy way to make Briggs suspicious of him. Similarly the note taking was a slightly clumsy way to portray Mike as a "rookie". Regardless, I enjoyed the pilot.

I think the FBI chief will likely be the "dirty cop".

Lauren was annoying!

I look forward to the next episode.
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The only thing that shouldn't be secret about this show is that it's utter shite. Send a both clueless and yet supposed professional (how's that work?) newbie agent in a group of experienced sting agents to off-the-bat do operations? WTF. The only 'good' thing about the pilot was the hilariously lame dialogue during the end setup back at the center of op's, with all the off-the-cuff plaudits over choices being made infield. And what was the other detective drivng, a DeLorean?
You'd hope that this show had enough constituent cheese parts to make it good but this is clearly not the case. What it does have, thus far, is a half decent ensemble cast brought down by a script which can't decide if it's bigged up who or what enough, or what the simple differences between smart funny and clever are.
If this show knew how to spell I'd suggest it played Hangman, but then the irony would be lost on it.
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I really loved it, which surprised me. I don't usually do USA shows. I have a cousin who will watch pretty much anything USA - Psych, White Collar, Suits, Covert Affairs - and I've caught some episodes of those shows at his house, and found them entertaining but never got hooked on any of them.

So this show really wasn't even on my radar for the summer, but then I read your initial (non-spoiler) review, and that got me interested - mostly because you mentioned it was a little grittier than most USA shows, and because I realized the leads were Tveit and Sunjata! I love both those guys, especially Tveit - I think the first thing I saw him in was, embarrassingly enough, Gossip Girl, but I really loved him in Les Mis. Although, as much as I liked Paul and Mike, I think Johnny stole the show as my favorite :)

Anyway, so I gave the show a shot and I really loved it - my mom and sister watched it too, and also loved it, although my mom was a little turned off by the twist at the end, I think - or at least, she's wary about it. I don't think she likes it when you can't tell who's going to be a good guy/bad guy. I'm feeling pretty good about it because I think I'll like the show whether they take the whole "Briggs could be dirty" thing far or not - it was a cool twist, but I was already sold on the show by then.
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Outing Mike as a cop would have sealed his fate. Because A) it showed he messed up BIG and potentially revealed info to the Feds. If Mike was a fed then theres a good chance that The TV Cop was also a fed. And B) the lawyer said they had his family and he probably figured the Feds were the only way to save them.
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mmm...ehhhhh not sure it's worth my time...
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So here's my thing. They put Mike deep undercover into an undercover house and don't bother to alter his paperwork? Why leave a red flag for Briggs to notice and not give Mike a cover story?
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good point and I think it was done as a slightly clumsy way to make Briggs suspicious of Mike. I'd hope they would be smarter IRL
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One hopes real life would be more skilled with real lives on the line :-). They could definitely have written it more organically and played it out over a few episodes or the length of the season.
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it'd make it needlessly complicated; Mike is a new graduate: he literally has nothing to hide, why alter his name etc?
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Not that, they left his original transfer to D.C. in his file. That's what Briggs was focusing on. He's supposedly smarter than Mike, based on his test score, and more keyed in to the politics because of his length of service. So a transfer to D.C. for a top graduate that turns into an undercover assignment for a new grad with apparently no field experience is going to set off some flares. For an agency supposedly skilled in undercover work and setting up backgrounds, how hard would it have been to get rid of the initial assignment?
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Graceland had its moments, but I was not overly impressed, I will give 1 maybe 2 more episodes!! but I think in the long run it will be just BURN NOTICE for me on Thursday NIte
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To answer your felix question- I dont think he ever really trusted the Russians so when he had a chance to get out he would trust a cop even if he felt betrayed, almost like a risky "you owe me man" gamble that he hope would pay off.

I think one of the main things that works for this show is the strength of the leads. I cant think of all the stuff Ive seen Daniel Sunjata in (Briggs) but I do know he is a heck of an actor and can play the blend of charm with hints of bad guy superbly, the only example i can think off the top of my head is this episode of Lie to Me ( another great show, if you have the time and if its still on netflix, i would reccomend it)

Plus I think Serinda Swans coming into replace Lauren and I for one am glad. Im with ya on the Lauren's bloodlust, it was a bit intense considering that Donnie was still alive. I mean I liked the guy who played Donnie and wouldn't mind seeing him come back but dude, Lauren had to chill out.

anyway, im looking forward to it, mainly because I do hope they go a bit darker than the normal USA fare and Briggs does turn out to be the real threat because that would bring a lot more drama than case of the week all the time and it would be more interesting then the romantic entanglements that we know are about to ensue. After all real world: federal agents wouldn't be as much fun without it. :)
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That opening when the guy got shot, I thought he was definitely dead and I was excited about this being a darker USA show. Too bad
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I like what I see so far. It's more like Burn Notice that White Collar to me, but comparing it to either show is a plus in my book. I look forward to the rest of the season. Well done, Eastin.
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I did not expect that I would like this show, but I have to admit, I loved it!!! Waiting for episode 2 to see if it will develop in the same fast pace :)
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Damnit, MaryAnn, I was just about to lay into you about your terrible taste when you drew me back in with the Barbie bathing suit. Incidentally, google tells me Barbie is sporting a tiny skirt and a halter top these days.
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It was ok, but i would compare it more to Burn Notice than White Collar
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Never trusting a seemingly-smart-but-glamourous show on USA again after Suits.
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I wasn't feeling the first half of the pilot -- too much Cali and beach culture references. But the twist at the end was intriguing and will make me come back. Plus I'm a fan of Sunjata.
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Ok, so I watched the pilot. A lot of pretty people, A lot of young people in fact, which to me, gives it a bit less credibility. It was entertaining. It even resolved itself pretty well. I'll give it a try and we'll see. Not as good as White Collar, Leverage, Burn Notice, or even Person of Interest but hey, it's worth a shot.
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This show has good aspects and it has bad aspects. For me it is kind of a mix between Point Break and NCIS LA. And I am not sure if it is the good aspects of those. Time will tell. The pilot, though a bit predictable was entertaining. It was very lead centric and I think they will do better utilizing the secondary characters more. And not just in trite stereotypes like "this is my partner's room" kind of stuff.
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I don't know how I feel about this show yet. There were a few parts I really enjoyed, and a few parts that were unmistakably USA in nature (as in, hey, we can't get too dark or serious, everything is sunny, we're not FX we're USA). I do for the most part enjoy White Collar though, so I'm giving it some more time to grow as a series. Let's see where it goes.
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-Do you think Briggs is really dirty? of course not. and that's why that "twist" bothered me.

what I gathered was that you claim to prefer overarching plots, like most people claim to. you used covert affairs and white collar as examples of when they are or are not always great? the parts in particular weren't overly clear at all. white collar I think has had the most trouble with doing the overarching plot deal. man this could go on for ever and i'd rather just keep it short. remember oh no peter is really behind whatever's plaguing neal getting back together with his gal? like he was some sort of mastermind or something. yeah there was that.

I guess suffice it to say I enjoy case of the week over overarching plot if the plot is not going to go anywhere anyway. like fringe. the show got ruined IMO when it just started running in circles, which was the last several seasons. I watch shows mostly to laugh or learn. and prefer my drama lighthearted or forgivable.

like I said briggs isn't a bad guy and donnie's already a bad guy (of sorts) on rectify so he's out. which is too bad because I dig the actor and don't care for his part on rectify.

the only shows doing ongoing plots well that I currently watch are GOT boardwalk empire and justified. if you don't do them as well as these shows (kill someone off, if you write yourself into that corner FFS ) then I'd just as soon ask that you don't waste my time because I already know where it's headed.
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Oh man, yeah, White Collar really suffers with their overarching plots. They always just seem to lag in the middle for me.

I like overarching plots in general because I like to feel as though every episode is somehow important. The hard part with mixing the two styles-- which I feel like White Collar tries to do a lot of the time-- is that case-of-the-week episodes end up feeling like a huge waste of time. That's just me though. I'm not blindly against case-of-the-week either. Law and Order marathons are my weekend guilty pleasure. If a show is well-written, I don't think the style matters all that much, but I agree that poorly-written serials tend to come off so much worse than anything else. If a show can't manage it's season-long story, it's entire reason for being, then it's in trouble.
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– Any theories as to why Felix didn't just out Mike as a cop when the "family lawyer" arrived to put the fear of God into him? Is it that they they probably would have just slaughtered his family outright, right then? I was a little unclear.

So you clearly missed the part where Felix told the cop that wasn't his lawyer, don't let that guy bail him out.
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No, I got that. I just initially felt like throwing the Russians a cop to take out seemed like an obvious choice for him. It was pointed out in the comments below though that once he admitted to working with the law, even unknowingly, Felix basically signed his family's death warrant. So there's that.
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True, but again. Its the Russians. Probably thought his family would be dead either way and choose the lesser of two evils
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It was pretty good for a pilot...I will definitely see the next episode. I am a little confused about Aaron Tveit being in this role but we'll see maybe I am wrong. He is a cute guy but an undercover agent? I don't know... Daniel Sunjata is a good fit in my opinion. There were a lot of inconsistencies in the story but maybe it'll get better during the season.
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That was a pretty fun premiere. I didn't dislike any of the characters as much as I maybe thought I would -- there were some promo pics of Briggs and Mike that kind of made me hate both characters before I watched the episode -- but they were okay on the show. I also enjoyed the plot. All in all, I feel like this'll be a show I like for maybe two seasons but then kinda get bored of, kinda like Burn Notice, White Collar, Covert Affairs, etc.
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I enjoyed it. It set out to do something and it did it without falling on it's face. Props for that. I would like to learn more about the other characters that are sharing the house with Mike and Briggs. It's pretty to look at. The house seems nice. It was fun, not too deep, and looks like it could be a good summer show.

If Felix admitted to speaking with the FBI then he and his family would find themselves six feet under. I doubt the evil lawyer guy would really care he didn't tell Mike anything.

When Mike was given the key to the safe house the bad guy said the housekeeper is Russian. So, I guess the FBI wasn't very careful with who they hired to take care of their safe house. Or was it the DEA?
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Not liked it at all! :(
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What, you are Russian, nyet? Your English it is not so good.
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It was a bad joke lol!
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Saw the first few minutes of the show. Everybody is so young and pretty.. Hard to believe this is inspired by anything real when you think about it. Still, I'll finish watching it and see. I thought for a second that Mario Van Peebles was on the show, but its just a look-a-like.
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I have looked (admittedly not all that hard) for any information about the "true" part of the story and found nothing. I'm willing to bet it's the flimsiest of "true stories," but alas, its TV.
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lol.. yeah, I wouldn't be surprised..
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http://blogs.wsj. com/speakeasy/2013/06/06/the-real-story-behind-graceland/

tl;dr version: this interagency housing situation is a thing. a thing which happens.
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Yeah, I'll be back for episode 2! Solid start but I expected a little more from Eastin. Still, all great shows start off kinda slow!
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Okay MaryAnn, I watched it and.... it was just okay for me. I don't even know what it was. A little boring? Or maybe I was just too tired? Or maybe I need my "sunny skies" a little more sunny? IDK.

I can see why some people were complaining the other day about Mike taking notes. First, you don't need to take notes to remember shorts, flip-flops and sunscreen. Second, he was trying to take notes about a poorly put together cover ID for the reverse like a pathetic noob, but was suddenly this total badass going undercover with the Russians with near perfect recall and the rare ability to think quickly on one's feet and adjust on the fly. But that's really just a small little niggle in the greater scheme of things.

I like the lead a lot and Daniel Sunjata is really good at what he does. Didn't care for how they were playing Lauren and her genuine faux revenge rage. The rest of the house mates were all decent and likeable enough, from what little we saw of them.

However, unlike the promos for the pilot that had me saying "meh", I thought the post-episode promo for the rest of the season looked pretty darn exciting. And that was enough for me to decide to take in a few more episodes and see where they are going with it.
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Thank you. I got all kinds of sarcastic replies to my response about him taking notes. 'oh im sure you took notes at your first job at mcdonalds... cops take notes to'. Umm 1: if you take notes at mcDonalds you are an idiot. 2)if you take notes on how to be 'undercover' you are an idiot.

THese were not case notes with clues and suspects, it was notes on every little detail about how to be 'undercover'. it was ridiculous for someone who supposedly wasone of the best and graduated at the top of their class. It was just plan bad writing that was I guess supposed to show how 'rookie' he totally was, but ridiculous none the less.
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Actually, it wasn't silly, because if he had gotten caught with that notepad..
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Great pilot and got me stoked for more to come!
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Watched this pilot a month ago and now waiting for he next episodes.. I do have mixed feelings about this though..
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Good pilot, hopefully the show will keep it up.
Also isn't Donnie the creepy step brother from Recitfy? That creepyness kind of transfers to this charecter for me, he seems sketchy
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He was!
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I thought it was really good and will continue to watch it. Briggs will be a bad guy, in the last season. Levi will investigate him and see he's just an unconventional cop and they will figure out Dutch or the girl who is nice to him in the house is a mole, and in the end it will be Briggs who actually pulled all of the strings. Either that, or Briggs and Levi will team up to uncover who the real dirty one is: The FBI Chief who called Levi at the end of the ep about Briggs.
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I think you're right about the FBI Chief being the real dirty one
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Great show so far, levi will probably have briggs back no matter what happens
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I thought it was great, which somewhat surprised me. The trailer made it look like one of those shows that is constantly way too serious and struggles to maintain its intensity by adding layer after layer of over-the-top soapy melodrama. Instead, Graceland mixed its mostly-actually-GOOD drama with a healthy dose of USA Network humor. I'll definitely watch the second episode.
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Everything you posted is exactly why I DIDN'T like it. Throwing in too much humor and light-heartedness on a show that actually should've contained more intensity and soapy melodrama. I think the promos for this show were extremely misleading.
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It's really the first show that i like all the characters in it
i mean ofcourse my least favorite is the bitchy blond Lauren but other than that great show
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This first episode was a bit boring : I had guessed that the Guy Mike had to kill was Donnie, I was expecting the "Mike's real job is to spy on Brigg". I expect : Mike is going to realize Brigg is an unconventional good cop who is doing a great job.
There were some good moments : "It's only my first day!" was one.
I'd like to know more about the characters, I hope this won't be an other "case of the week" show.
I'll give it the 4 episodes test, but reserve my right to stop at any moment if it keeps being boring.
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I really enjoyed this show, it was surprisingly good. I can not wait to see where they take it.
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It was fine, I suppose. Not bad at all but also neither gripping nor memorable. In short, typical USA Network fare.
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The last thing to do when Russian gangsters have your family hostage is admit you let undercover cops into their house. Felix would have signed his children's death certificates if he had proffered those details to his "attorney."

Someone in that house or the bureau's field office is dirty, but it won't be Briggs, simply because he's the one Levi is meant to investigate. Briggs is under suspicion because he is no longer an uptight, buttoned-down little G-man, but going OFP doesn't make him dirty, just maverick.

It didn't totally blow my skirt up but I'll give it the 4 episode test.
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If I had to bet on who the show's mole might be, the smart money would be on Jay Karnes. Poor Dutch, he seems to be typecast as a bad guy in every one of his post-Shield roles.
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That was my thinking also. He was particularly scary in his role as the crazy FBI stalker man on the first season of SOA.

My other thought is that the mole is Johnny Tuturro, because in a situation like that, the nicest guy is suspect. (Damn, I'm cynical.)
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So true about Karnes, but it couldn't be him b/c he was in the room when they were updating the police database with the fake murder at the same time the "lawyer" was calling his mole contact to search the database.
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I was thoroughly unimpressed until the op at the end. That was probably the best part of the episode.

But on a completely unrelated note...hey, SPD Red Ranger, how ya doin'?
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I really love this show already I think Briggs is in deep deep cover and he's definitely did some sketchy things but I don't really think he's an actual bad guy I at least hope he's doing it because of some big bad plot but I'm definitely on board one of the best pilots i've seen
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Ahh, I gave it a try. But when it was still on after an hour, I turned down the sound. It had just become babbling to me. I really hate the movie running joke; that was really hit too hard. IRL if people referenced an inside running joke that often, one of the group would punch them.
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