This season premier episode is a perfect example of how this show has originality in every episode, you never get that icky taste of returning ideas or anything. Sopranos have nothing on brotherhood. As the showtime advertises it does break tv rules. There is no shine in polish in this show its tries to be as nitty gritty real as possible in a mob infested community called the "hill". If you are not watching brotherhood you missing out on great television. TV that sopranos introduced and brotherhood blows to new level. The only warning is that it has some to "real" scenes.
*Michael's back, but not quite 100%
*Tommy's politically on top, and staying ahead of the pack, but the home life's, well not so great.
*Declan, what to do, what to do, what to do?
*Freddy's thoughts, Michael Caffee?
Season 2 is off to a great start, pistol has fired, and away we go. This show may not be" The Soprano's", ratings wise that is, but it has all the action, and subterfuge of the same grain and quality. The fact that it isn't a Mafia based crime show may be the reason for the lower ratings, as well as Showtime has less subscribers. Because the fact is it has quality, grit, and drama that puts it right there in contention with a "Soprano's" quality show. I'm not sure but for some reason crime movies and series based on the Mafia seem to have a better draw, like it or not it is what it is. Yet, take a moment and watch "The Departed", or "Ash Wednesday" and you'd find the flip side of the coin dealing with the Irish Mob which is precisely where "Brotherhood" takes us week in, and week out. But even better it takes us into the back of politics, and its dealings as well which can be equally as cutthroat. Theses worlds come together in one family in Providence, R.I., The Caffee's, where one brother Michael is a main player in the Irish Mob, and Tommy is State Rep. for The Hill. Last year saw Michael's return to his family and The Hill after years of unexplained absence, and reestablish his place in The Irish Mob. While his brother Tommy made his way too more power in the political game, and regrets his brother's return and the affect it could potentially have on his political career. While they obviously love one another Tommy sees his brother Michael as a problem that could only be resolved with Michael gone, but Michael's made it clear he's here to stay. We pick up this year with Michael recovering from the brutal beating taking at the hands of State Police Det. Declan Giggs who's also a lifelong friend of the family, and been tailing Michael all of season 1. At the end of season 1 he attacks Michael from behind, blaming all his woes upon the return of Michael, and leaving him half dead in a parking lot. Michael has no memory of who attacked him, and having suffered some brain damage affecting his memory things are now that much harder as he attempts to re-establish himself again back on the street. Michael soon will find that his biggest hurdle is going to be himself. Declan suffering from the fact that Michael is bent on finding who did this to him, and exacting his revenge to be sure must dodge Michael finding out it was him. Michael approached Declan for help in finding out who it was that attacked him. Declan tries to dissuade Michael from enlisting him too help but is quick to realize that it work to his advantage to help throw Michael off track. Tommy is currently in a good place politically, but is soon to be facing a re-election with a lot of skeletons dangling in the closet that he's trying too manage. One being the revelation his wife is an addict who's been engaged in extramarital affairs all the while she was portraying the good wife of the upcoming political prodigy Tommy Caffee, and mother of their children. His wife Eileen Caffee trying to continue in the marriage but with Tommy sick over his wife's indiscretions, and making no true effort at reconciliation while treating her with contempt and disgust. Tommy is also being watched by the FBI, as they try to make a case against him by connecting him to his brother's crimes yet to no avail as Tommy outmaneuvers any setup the FBI attempts too lay down, and or ruin his political career. Freddie Cork, the local crime boss, is a little uncomfortable with Michael's hastened desire too return back to the streets, feeling that Michael has yet to fully recover and tells him to take more time and everything will be waiting for him when he's ready. Michael eager too prove he's ready decides to collects on an outstanding debt that Freddy's owed, and yet while doing so the normally methodically professional Michael hits a snag in taking out both guy, though he does so, it jars him a bit knowing he's not fully on his game yet. Michael having collected delivers Freddy the money, and Freddy gives Michael his blessing to return to the streets. Declan knowing that having Michael back on the streets realizes that it's a matter of time before dodging what he did to him will catch up too him. His wife has left him because of other events that evolved around Michael last season; he's not living up to his job requirements because of his drinking, and now drug use. How this ends will be interesting, which given the way he's living I doubt he'll have to worry about Michael killing because it looks like he's on the fast track to killing himself. All in this entire premier picks up on track with many paths to go down, and a lot of good story's to be told with plenty of uncertainties that lay ahead. All in all this a very good episode/season premier to kick off what looks to be a very good second season of a show that's got it all.
This show has intrigued me from the start a far different show then "HBO's The Soprano's", in size and scope, but equally as thrilling, and even at times more compelling. The writing is great, the storylines are well plotted, and the actors deliver with passion, sincerity that draws you into this world of crime, passion, politics, and family. Showtime has given us another year of one great show that shouldn't be missed. Take care.
Peace To All.
This show has intrigued me from the start a far different show then "HBO's The Soprano's", in size an scope, but equally as thrilling, and even at times more compelling. The writing is great, the storylines are well plotted, and the actors deliver with passion, sincerity that draws you into this world crime, passion, politics, and family. Showtime has given us another year of one great show that shouldn't be missed. Take care.
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