'The Chicago Code' premiere: What do you think?
If you haven't seen it, consider yourself warned, because we're going to get a tad spoiler-y in our discussion of the pilot. ( For something spoiler light, check out our review.)
Narration is fickle beast. It can be distracting, unnecessary and a real detriment to some shows. But it can also be a boon to storytelling, putting viewers in a groove while really getting to know the characters.
We were definitely in a groove -- and not paying attention to the clock -- when the last narration was cut short by gunfire. Antonio Betz ( Manny Montana) didn't seem like he'd get much focus, but we also didn't expect to see him die in the first episode.
Listing to him talk about how Colvin ( Jennifer Beals) saved him from a life on the street made it that much harder to watch him take a bullet for her in the middle of explaining his back story. Tragic, yes, but a great way to help set up these early episodes.
Does "The Chicago Code" work for you?