Thursday, July 14, 2011

'Rescue Me' Final Season, episode 1: Tommy's got a gun

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 9:46 AM

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Rescue Me didn’t capture my eyeballs until after I moved back to Atlanta from NYC in 2005 and it was thanks to a friend of mine who has an uncanny ability to recap multiple seasons of a TV series so one can get caught up before the first commercial break of the first episode ever watched. Season 3 was what I began watching and I’ve been told time and time again that season 3 should have been the final season for one reason or another. Yes, maybe the series has gone on a tad too long (not nearly as long as Nip/Tuck dragged on), but I know there’s a point to keeping it around until now.

The reason I didn’t watch the show before coming back here was two-fold. A) I worked in a very Devil Wears Prada atmosphere, meaning my TV viewing was confined to 7:30am-8am while I got ready for work (thanks for playing music, VH1!) and B) because it hit a little too close to home for me. I was in NYC on 9/11 and I used to work across the hall from the Denis Leary Firefighters Association.

So, I hope you’ll trust me when I say that the show needed to last this long if for no other reason than to be there for the 10th anniversary of why the show was invented to begin with. If there is nothing else that can rescue Tommy Gavin, maybe being there for the anniversary will. I don’t know if Tommy will die or simply go totally batshit crazy and move to Bellevue. I don’t know if he’ll end up with Janet or Sheila or Kelly (ZOMG!), if any more of his kids will die or if the new baby will hit the brown bottle right out of the womb like his pops. I also have no idea how they’ll pre-create the nation-wide memorial service on the 10th anniversary or how they’ll CGI in what the new WTC looks like in its barely-above-street-level state, especially since they wrapped up filming a year ago. What I do know is, this first episode of the final season was predictable and boring as shit.

We start off with one of Tommy’s visions while he’s opening some chips at Sheila’s place and thankfully Sheila barks through the door to madcappingly bring Tommy back from la la land and proceeds to act like, well, a slightly less Crazytown and therefore less interesting version of herself. Cut to Tommy, scaring the uterus out of Janet when she finishes with the baby doctor by stalking her in her car. A blah blah argument rages and ends with Tommy getting thrown off the hood of her sedan. Yawn. Then we learn that Colleen works at the bar that’s now owned by Teddy and Mickey (oh, but they have staff AA meetings nightly, which makes it ok) and Black Shawn thinks it’s a good idea to propose to the hot mess while she’s working. She says yes, predictable bender ensues and Tommy has to go rescue her and, duh, shoot the place up with a shotgun and go home.

That’s it. That’s all that happened in the whole show. Yeah, we learned that Janet and Sheila are now total beffers, which will certainly drive Tommy further up the wall he lives on, but who cares? One of the best parts of the entire series was the tension between Tommy and Sheila and Janet, oh my! Now that’s dead, but how long can that last, really? The one thing I took away from this episode is something Tommy said when he was arguing with Janet in the car about whether to keep the baby: “Normal is dead and buried beneath Ground Zero.” This will inevitably be the underlying theme for this season, and for that, I’m glad this season exists.

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