Another fresh take on the crime genre and it does look like it has potential to become big. Actually I liked it quite a lot. And therefore it's doomed. Fox has the habit of cancelling really good shows especially the ones I like. But let us hope this one will stick around for more than one season. As I do think that there is enough going on that could make this stand out from your average crime drama. First of all the main character Ray Pritchard played by Robert Kazinsky. He is incredibly charming and has that real bad boy vibe going on. He is one those guys you know deep down is good but has it's own way of doing things. We are constantly reminded of the fact that he had to quit his job because of being involved in a corruption scandal. He never speaks out against it but through his expressions you can tell that there is more to the story and that he keeps quiet about it. No doubt we will find out more about it later in the season.
Then there is the premise. If the older version of Ray named Jimmy played by Philip Baker Hall stumbles upon something fishy in his son's house he gets murdered. Enter the Goodwins. Otto and Mary. They are the ones that revive Jimmy by altering and rebuilding his dna or something like that. (You really will have to suspend disbelief because of course this is incredibly ridiculous. And yes I know what you are thinking. It is inspired by Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.) The result that old man Jimmy has been transformed into Ray. Apparently there are some unforeseen side effects like for example super strength. (That is a bit too much if you ask me. But we will just have to see what they are going to do with this.)
What could make this even more rewarding is the interesting dynamics between Ray and his family. Old Jimmy wasn't really there for them when they needed them the most although his granddaughter seems to love him very much. It his here where the show could really stand out and actually make good on what is advertised in the title. Jimmy gets a second chance to reconnect with his family and be there for them whenever and however they need him. I am really hoping that the focus will be more on them instead of the procedural criminal of the week thing because with all these other crime dramas around that will get old real fast.
So give it a shot!
If you love shows based on the Frankenstein story then do check out The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean.