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TNT (ended 2013)
Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement towards my review last week. Thanks for all the help this week. I must say the positive atmosphere at TV.com really helps to motivate me to do this review (a difficult task for me).

As doing this took up quite a lot of my time and effort (4 hours), I have learn to appreciate weekly reviews more especially those written by fellow amateur members.

I am doing a review and not a recap so I would not be going through all the stories.

WARNING: This review contains spoilers and some violent pictures that might cause discomfort.

Okay, lets get started !

Mob city belongs to the mobster film noir genre but season 1 is basically a love story. It is a story about a war hero turned cop (or psycho killer) and his love for one woman. It is about his need to protect her. Now we all know the famous Bugsy Siegel (according to the show) was not killed because of he was spending millions belonging to other mobsters or because he made too many enemies. He was killed because he threaten to kill the wrong woman.

Episode 5



Episode 5 started off by explaining to us why our protagonist split with his wife. He had almost killed his wife in his dreams because of serious PTSD ( I guess there was no counselling in those days). He still love her but that was probably a big part of why he left. He wanted to protect her. This theme runs through the entire season.





Last week Sid had kidnapped Joe and was interrogating him to find out where the witness was (yes the same one they tried to killed on the Carousel). In the end, it proves quite unnecessary as the mole in the police department (we still do not know who it is) did his job and informed Sid right hand man scary Terry Mandel (pictured above wearing the cop uniform played brilliantly by Richard Brake).

This brought us to the second best shoot-out scene in the series (I still love the carousel scene in episode 3 more). I would only describe parts of this scene. If you want to know more, go watch it.

Terry had brought a partner with him to do the dirty deed.




First we saw Terry's partner in crime take out Fat Jack (they called him that in the show).




Then we saw the cop that looks like an accountant (Tug Purcell played by Dana Gould) shooting back at Terry.





In the end, a cop, a gangster and the snitch were all dead. Tug survived and even got promoted later as the chief of Internal Affairs (The first in LA). Terry was shot in the leg and got away.

Later he turns on at the train station beside Sid with his leg wounded which was another nicely done scene.

Since the snitch was dead, Sid then released Joe. Joe then got rewarded with a one night stand with his ex-wife for all his efforts (Yes the same one he nearly killed in his dream).

Was she doing it because she wanted to steal the locker key back or was she doing it because she still has some love for him. I guess it is a bit of both. I thought it was very strange of him to reveal to her the cops have bug Mickey's office.At the time when it happens, I thought he was just still crazy in love with her but I guess it was necessary for the story as she needed this knowledge to save herself later.
So with the witness dead, Bugsy was released and it seems it was a victory for him and William Parker lost. Parker courageously took the rap himself and I thought he was going to get fired. However he got lucky as the mayor see Parker as the man to help him clean up the city. In any job, you really need your boss or his boss to like you.



The excitement really picks up next as our favorite creepy pest Shermer (again played brilliantly by Iddo Goldberg turned up for breakfast at Jasmine's (Joe ex-wife) house and brought along Jasmine next door neighbor (the little girl in the picture below). He threatened to kill the little girl if Jasmine do not give him the key to the locker who hold all those incriminating pictures and helped him blackmail Bugsy.




This part showed how strong and clever Jasmine is. She managed to make a play that uses Mickey and Sid's crew to remove this pest (She called him that in the show). She then uses her knowledge of the bug in Mickey's office to try to reach out to Joe.

This episode ends what would be a nice cliffhanger when Jasmine went to retrieve the pictures and found it was all gone. Guess who has got it? (pretty obvious).





Shermer was furious when he found out there were no pictures and though Sid was there with all his man, Shermer actually had a grenade. I cannot quite believe he has got a grenade.

EPISODE 6

Our hero then turned up and saves the day but the way he did it was actually quite funny. Maybe my time in the army I was trained to handle grenade much more carefully, I cannot believe what I saw.






I laughed even louder when I saw Joe throw the "safe" grenade towards his cop friend who turned up to help him. He really did it like he was just throwing a baseball.




Joe then decided to protect Jasmine by sending her off to San Francisco. At the train station, he finally admitted to killing Hickey and he did it to protect her. Instead of thanking him, she exited by giving him a lot of slaps !

In order to protect her further, Joe then wanted to seal a deal with Bugsy and crew. Instead of turning over the pictures to his bosses, he would give Bugsy the pictures in exchange for them not hunting down and killing Jasmine. He must have removed them from the locker before Jasmine stole his key.
Next enters Ned Stax (played awesomely by Milo Ventimiglia) to broker the meeting.


Before they could met, old friends Meyer Lansky arrives to tell Siegel that the people back east have decided to stop funding Siegel's Las vegas project.

These old friends were played by some very awesome guest stars. Meyer was played by the very good Patrick Fischle (which I enjoyed watching on Mad Man and Southland). His sidekick was played by our favorite supporting character from Sons of Anarchy (Yes the I use my hand to jerk off so much I cut if off guy). I could not imagine him playing someone else after Son of Anarchy.

This meeting put Siegel in a very bad mood. Though Ned Stax tries to warn Joe against it, Joe still approaches Siegel about the pictures, and Siegel loses his mind. He beats the crap out of Joe, steals the pictures, and promises to kill Jasmine.






So Joe being Joe (cop or psycho) , he does not know how else to solve any problem except murder so he drives to Siegel's house, loaded his shotgun, and SHOOTS SIEGEL like 1000 times.



He even shoots his eye out! His eye! He then indulges in a post-murder cigarette and drives right back to the house when the rest of the police arrive as if nothing happened.



So last week, I was wrong. I knew Bugsy Siegel died in 1947 but I forgotten the show was set in 1947 and the real Bugsy Siegel in real life was actually killed like this, eye popping out and in a Beverley Hills Mansion, by a shooter who was never found even till today so I guess that allows the writers to incorporate a bit of real history into the show.



One last thing I have to mentioned before I finished the review. Throughout the whole season, the one cop in this MOB squad led by William Parker that actually does any real detective work was Eddy Sanderson (played nicely by Andrew Rothenberg). I am calling him the Sherlock of Mob City and he has a heart. He is the one that came out with the bug in Mickey office idea. After he heard Jasmine's conversation, instead of telling his boss, he actually told Joe. How did he know Jasmine is Joe's ex-wife? By the way Joe brought her coffee down at the police station. Is he observant or what?

I hope they would give him more screen time if the shows makes it to season 2.

The show had a better than average debut season. The finale has some closure and yet set up nicely for season 2.

Here are some plot points I can think of for season 2. Feel free to add more.

1) William Parker taking down the Chief of police (allegedly corrupted) with the help of the cop who looks like the accountant

2) William Parker and his mob squad trying to take down Mickey Cohen (with Sid and Ned helping him)

3) More of Robert Knepper as Sid Rothman playing the violin, eating his food, beating and shooting his enemies and whatever shit he does. It so wonderful to watch Knepper being the psycho Rothman I might even watch him take a dump.

4) More of Joe doing stupid things and murdering anyone who tries to threaten his precious Jasmine (Honestly though as good as Alexa Davalos played Jasmine, I rather not see her again). I rather the show move Joe character on with something else more interesting.

5) More of Milo Ventimiglia playing Ned Stax and perhaps give us more back story about him. We know very little about him except he is a war buddy of Joe and Joe saved his life a few times. ( I think three, he said he counted). It would be fun to watch him pay Joe back 3 times too).

So thanks for reading and I am looking forward to season 2.


For those interested, An interview with Edward Burns (Bugsy Siegel)
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Very disappointed this show got cancelled. So many worse shows go on for years.
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Read the first review of Mob City and yeah can see how it all seems typically derivative but I just started watching the 3rd episode and was hooked immediately. I didn't want any spoilers so scrolled past caps till I found the name Iddo Goldberg, his little "feeling like a mouse speech" in the cafe just put the show into "must watch" overdrive for me. What is going on behind those eyes is something you don't want to examine too intensely.

With everything between seasons this is a sweet little gem to trip over.
I liked the Darabont Walking Dead stuff and Bernethal who despite the misplaced hate out there for the character Shane is a cool anti-hero with the war hero past, liking "gunny's" capable skill set and unique personal moral compass.

Recommending all to watch despite a slow beginning but I'll stop gushing considering I'm only 2 and a half shows in and I don't want to sound like Mob City's press agent.
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It is good from episode 3 on and rest assure its a reasonable finale too.
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Jasmine: "I don't know what you're talking about."

Shermer: "[sighs, finger rubs bridge of nose] ... you see what you're doing there is denying involvement and that's a lie. When people lie to me it makes me feel small...you know?... Like a mouse,.. like a twitchy little mouse with it's foot in a trap. [voice raises in agitation] I don't like to feel that way! Trapped!"
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Appreciate the review, but could you get an editor? A lot of mistakes were really distracting.
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thank you for reviewing this show and well done;-)

I shouldn't believe the promos which said everyone dies~~I'm glad they were wrong since now there is a chance for a 2nd season. Any idea if there will be a 2nd season?

I found all the characters to be interesting and the show has some amazingly talented actors. There are a lot of story lines that can be developed if it goes into a season 2 (like the ones you mention in your review).

Throwing the grenade was a bit insane but I guess if the pin was in it (and she bent it so it didn't look like it would fall out)...nah, still insane. Regardless, the show was a lot of fun and had some unexpected humor.

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If I received any news about a season 2, I will post it here. Anyone with any news about season 2 are welcome to post it here too!
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I still think L.A Noir is a title 1000 times better than Mob City.

The show started as a cliché filled with over-the-top dialogue, but turned out to be epic. I think it's very hard to make a serious production with noir in mind, since the genre has been used so many times in modern parodies that that's all we can think about now. Congratulations, writers, for keeping it serious and improving in the end.

Joe and Jasmine have great chemistry. Unlike the reviewer I want to see her again, but just to awaken Joe's psycho side more often, but on his side so he can dedicate to other things. Alexa Davalos plays Jasmine as a very elegant woman. Her walk is confident, silent, and always with poise, likes she owns the situation, but still never losing her charm and elegance.

I remember Patrick Fischle as the Waffle Nazi, from Pushing Daisies. But he has done thousands of things on TV.

Great quotes:

Streckler: "Look at me. Squealing like a rat in a cop's borrowed suit..."

Joe: "You found out all this from a cup of coffee?"
Sanderson: "Yeah, I'm that good." Ironically he was the one with "shifty dead eyes" or something that the witness wrongfully picked as the killer of the gangsters in the restaurant, instead of Rothman.

Stax: "Good old Joe, putting out a fire with gasoline."

Robert Knepper's Sid Rothman was played in a much more underwhelming fashion compared to other memorable characters like Prison Break's T-Bag, for which he is famous for. It took a while to build up the character, but he delivered another solid performance, and by the end we got to know the character very well. I liked that he said he respected Joe's medals and honors from the war. It was sincere. Also loved how he laughed when he found out Joe hadn't told his girl it was he who killed Hecky.

Unfortunately, no more Anya, except for the opening scene. Very charming woman who just appeared in the background after that first initial scene.

Nice review and recap. It's nice someone is paying attention to this show and decided to make a solid review, instead of a professional reviewer overeager to spot problems and limitations. All productions have problems and need time to develop. I think Mob City did an amazing job the way it developed in just six episodes. Normal shows sometimes take twice as much to show real progress and change of pace, but with those midget seasons that just flash by the viewers (especially showing two episodes a time like TNT chose to air it).
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L.A. Noir is the title of the book in which the series was based, and it was the show´s first title. They had to change it to avoid confusions with the videogame "L.A. Noire" (which, by the way, and along with the James Ellroy LA novels, I heartly recommend to anyone who enjoyed this series) that was released before.
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Yes LA Noir sounds like a good title but I guess Mob City is more straight forward for the average viewer.

My initial thoughts when the witness recognized Sanderson wrongly was that she was already bought/threaten by the mob,It was not explicitly stated so I could be wrong.

I had wanted to do more but they are just too much stuff to cover and I do not have enough time.

Thank you.

I do hope they have season 2 and for the sake of the show, this should just do 1 episode per week.

I see you can write quite well. Perhaps we will see a review from you on another show sometime :-)
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Yes, thank you, it's quite possible. In the past, when such fan reviews were not possible, I used to be more inclined to write reviews. Then I tried quite a few in my own language, Portuguese, for some local websites, and I found the work staggering, especially having to write something every week and with the amount of detailed I deemed necessary. Then I moved on to other interests.

As for the witness, she seemed quite sincere to me, and she was really shaken. Of course the scene is open to interpretation, but to me it looked like a simple case of witness unreliability. People who witness high-stress criminal situations have proven to be wrong more than once. Besides, she picked the only guy in an apron! I thought it was hilarious.
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Good show not as good as boardwalk empire but a nice finish to the story hope they renew it for a second season just hope it does not end up like gangster squad which was poor.
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Nice work anyway. Always have back up.

I thought it was an interesting way to use the real death of Bugsy.
The murder was never solved, but it is usually assumed that it was a mob hit because of the problems with the Flamingo and Virginia Hill.
Making it Gunny Teague protecting his girl was a nice touch.

The eyeball was, apparently, also legit. A bullet hit the bridge of his nose causing pressure in the skull that blew the eye out.

All in all I really liked the show. Cheesy noir included. Just a shame they didn't save an episode for the last week of the year.
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Thanks. I do have the unedited version of my review saved so perhaps later I will edit it. I still not sure how to edit this article yet.

Yes I really hope there is a season 2. I think they will be some interesting stories that can be continued.

Above I have included the interview Edward Burns. Looks like they going to give him his own show.
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I do think the way the season ended does set up season 2 nicely
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Thanks. Do u know how I can edit this article?
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Thank you. Finally done ! Somehow I could not see the edit button on top until I moved my cursor over it. That is why I did not know how to edit.
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All these stuff kind of confused me. That is exactly what happened. I just the drag and drop button, I think next time I better not.

Sorry, I still not sure how to edit my article. I check all the buttons above, seems there is no edit button. I might do it later.
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Thank you. Finally done ! Somehow I could not see the edit button on top until I moved my cursor over it. That is why I did not know how to edit.
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