Running Wilde

Season 1 Episode 2

Into the Wilde

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2010 on FX

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  • A little better, but it doesn't feel like much of an improvement yet..

    With shows being canceled left and right the past couple of weeks, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see "Running Wilde" get the ol' axe. It's unfortunate though, because while I feel the shows that have been canceled so far have (for the most part.. not "Lone Star") deserved it, "Running Wilde" has more potential than any of them, if only because of the cast and the crew behind it. However, with the pilot being disappointing, they needed to follow it up in a HUGE way. This episode was not huge, but it was nice. The show will have to better than nice to stick around though.

    Steve wants to go on a family vacation with Emmy and Puddle but things get tied up after Andy (David Cross returns, and he's AWESOME) shows up and attempts a half-hearted kidnapping. Meanwhile, Fa'ad continues to mistake his V's for B's and tries hitting on Emmy. Not much happens, and the characters continue to remain fairly one-note. However, I have to give much respect to Will Arnett and David Cross who seem to have brought their usual A-game. As for Keri Russell and the rest of the cast.. well, they do well with what they're given, but for the most part, it falls flat. I blame it on the writing. While shows like "Arrested Development" and other comedies in the vein of "Running Wilde" have been written in a way that makes it seem like the writers know exactly where the show will be 22 episodes from now, this show feels aimless and strange. The characters and plots are interesting, but the way that we see them portrayed on screen doesn't live up to its potential.

    Luckily, there was enough funny stuff to go around. Wilde mistaking "Andy Weeks" for "Candy Cheeks," Andy's repeated "COME ON!" line that is a tongue-in-cheek reference to Arnett's line on Arrested Development and Andy's awful attempt to kidnap Wilde. All funny moments, but it was too little, too late for me. I really want to like this show, and I'm going to stick with it as long as I can to keep the ratings up, but I don't think it'll be around much longer unless Fox is willing to have tons of faith in Hurwitz.