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12.8.14

Blasphemy or? Ten reasons why Ray Donovan is good television but will never be one of the greats


WE just came across an article on the Daily Mail, that not only shocked us, but we needed smelling salts after reading it. 


Blasphemous! 

But is it? Well read on and judge for yourself. 


RAY DONOVAN IS WORTH WATCHING SOLELY TO HEAR LIEV SCHREIBER SAY: ‘PREVIOUSLY ON RAY DONOVAN...’
The fashion for starting every episode of even the most ordinary, uncomplicated, dramas with a voice-over announcing: ‘Previously on blah blah...’ has become clich├ęd and ludicrous, especially when British series transparently ape the American innovation simply to try and increase their gravitas. (‘Previously on Merlin...’)
Liev Schreiber may be improbably implacable and just too damn good-looking, but hearing him mutter ‘Previously on Ray Donovan’ is seriously seductive, the easily best ‘Previously...’ since Kiefer Sutherland in 24. The only down side? The risk that this will be the best bit.

DREAM SEQUENCES ARE FUN BUT DUMB
The premiere episode of any drama is always crucial. So when the second series opened with that hoary device a dream sequence (Ray on the beach, being buried alive) it did not particularly augur well, especially as another dream/drug come-down/hallucination scene followed it immediately.
Mickey Donovan’s ‘vision’ of a girl who died in the first series re-incarnated as a talking dolphin was even more problematic than it sounds but happened again in two further episodes.
‘What the f**k are you waving at?!’ Ray snarled, speaking for us all.
‘A friend - I had a spiritual awakening,’ Mickey said simply.
For a show so desperate to be contemporary, at best it looked lame and dated.
How far the writers expected us to buy in to Mickey’s explanation was unclear but, considering that his behaviour and his penchant for drink, drugs and hookers, remain unaltered the rest of the time, the idea the girl is on his ‘conscience’ is baloney.


FOR HOLLYWOOD’S ‘MR. FIX-IT’, RAY SURE DOES HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS
‘Thank you for coming here to sort this, I know you’re busy,’ Ray’s wife Abby told him in the Season Two premiere, with glorious under-statement...

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