Let’s put our playing cards on the desk: Nearly three years after Peacock launched, the Comcast-owned streamer lastly has a reliable potential breakout present in Natasha Lyonne and Rian Johnson’s Poker Face.
Debuting with 4 episodes Friday after which dropping the remainder of its 10-episode first season weekly, the one-hour drama might show the dramatic reset the sports-focused Peacock has wanted since day one.
A part of that’s clearly the mixed star energy and abilities of the Russian Doll star and the Knives Out director, together with a splendidly villainous Benjamin Bratt and an old-school awards-show phalanx of visitor stars. True to the expertise on either side of the digicam, Poker Face’s successful hand has lots to do with how well-crafted and constructed it’s.
Nevertheless, in addition to a beat-up Plymouth Barracuda, Rockford Recordsdata trailer dwelling homages and all, the broader enchantment of Poker Face is that it’s a assured present for grown-ups that youthful viewers who by no means knew the golden period of TV detectives will dig too. Created by the person who gave us Benoit Blanc, the structure of the present is powerful with the crime and the legal, made apparent from the soar. Sturdy, however the tenet that Lyonne’s Charlie character has the confounding means to inform when individuals are mendacity is narrative Krazy Glue.
Put merely, and nicely inside context, there’s a hell of a consuming sport to play watching Poker Face to seize the second when Charlie realizes who’s BS-ing her or not – and that’s such a very good time you’ll nearly forgive the adverts on Peacock.
No have to recap and bastardize Johnson and Lyonne’s work, however suffice to say there’s a on line casino, there’s a homicide, there’s a rip-off, there’s a suicide, and Lyonne’s hard-drinking human lie detector character has to go on the run in backroads America. Hijinks and raspy one-liners ensue, as Charlie careens from one small city, dangerous scenario and howdunit to a different like a squared away model of Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema blended with Police Girl’s Sergeant Pepper Anderson and Kung Fu’s Kwai Chang Caine plus some Tom Waits on the soundtrack.
Choreographed down to each procedural muscle with Burn Discover references, Pulp Fiction cameos, BBQ and ’70s activism strategically tossed in, Poker Face is much more daring face than Wim Wender’s Wings of Need in its well-deserved love of Columbo and Peter Falk. For all of the wholesome doses of Richard Levinson, William Hyperlink and a few Stephen J. Cannell operating by its gum-shoeing and road-tripping veins, the collection showrun by Nora and Lilla Zuckerman has as a couple of different secret weapons up it sleeves.
Underneath the desk, Poker Face has a wholesome dose of f*ck-it enjoyable and cultural critique that has been absent from the smarter corners of the small display screen for too lengthy.
So, pull up a seat, scroll down previous the Premier League choices, and shuffle the deck.
Poker Face holds a royal flush.
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