I'll try to limit this to one character a show, otherwise this list could go for a while.
Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) Al Swearengen (Deadwood) Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad) Ben Linus (Lost) Sameen Shaw (Person of Interest) Shane Vendrell (The Shield) Boyd Crowder (Justified) Walter Bishop (Fringe) Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galatica) Jimmy Darmody (Boardwalk Empire) Bunk Moreland (The Wire)
If mini-series are counted:
Ray Pearson (Generation Kill) Merriell "Snafu" Shelton (The Pacific) Eugene "Doc" Roe OR Ronald Speirs (Band of Brothers)
Recently read A Woman in Berlin, a non-fiction diary about a woman's perspective on the Russian Army's occupation at the end of World War 2. It's a pretty intense read at parts and shows just how bad things were under the Red Army for a time. A must read if you're into that kind of subject matter.
This episode was a little better than the Pilot, but not by much. There's no forced exposition or awkward conversations about backstory. It's purely Constantine and Zed in a small town, fighting evil.
Now, as for the new lead Zed. While she's a tad more interesting than Liv, she's not much better. She'll have more time to develop in coming episodes but so far, I'm not too impressed with her. Hell, Constantine is the only interesting character so far.
The main story was pretty bland. A small town, evil ghosts and a witch who was obviously behind everything the moment her and Constantine met. An average stand-alone overall.
I'm the same. The pacing was all over the place, the pilot focused more on Liv who wasn't even important when they should've been developing Constantine and Chas and Manny. The restructuring certainly did this show no favors. The quality of the episode rose whenever Constantine was on screen, but they'd just continually cut back to Liv and the story would just come to a halt. It was irritating.
The biggest disappointment has to be the Demons. They flicker lights, have black eyes, have some telekinesis powers. It's the same stuff Supernatural has been doing for nearly 10 years. You occasionally get to see their skulls and they can change shape but... it's nothing we haven't seen before.
It's not a good start. I might watch a few more episodes, to see what the series is like without such restructuring. Maybe it'll get better, but otherwise, I don't think I'll be sticking around for long.
I'll give it a try. My only knowledge of Constantine is from the Keanu Reeves movie which wasn't that great, and a rough read on the synopsis of the comics. I'm still of the opinion that this should be on a cable network, banning him from smoking being prime evidence of that. But maybe it'll be good. Who knows.
Overall, I did like it. It was a little cheesy and full of the same tropes that much of the genre is full of, but that's whats good about it. Ancient ruins, mysterious creatures, shadowy figures, it's fun to read.
But the biggest problem has to be the characters. I did get a sense of a character from a few of them, Collins and Simone in particular. However the rest didn't really stand out. Lara became a little more interesting near the end, but for the most part there wasn't a lot to her. She was the action girl and I suppose it works for the simple plot.
The flashbacks were a way to give her more characterization, but besides the last one they weren't really needed. They did create a contrast between the girl she once was and the woman she is now, but it created pacing problems and they could've been used to better effect in a later episode.
Nigel kind of feels like a piece of furniture of the Manor that's there to dispense fatherly advice, rather than a person, but it is a pilot and you'll have time to give him the characterization he deserves.
Then there's Asha. I'm a little biased because I hate prodigies, and Asha just feels forced. She doesn't relate to the plot at all and her actions have no consequences. She's supposed to mirror a younger Lara, but we don't even have a clear picture of Lara yet. That "You might be even better" scene was way too soon. Lara met her two minutes previous and already repeating her father's words to her? In my opinion an apprentice shouldn't be introduced for a while, at least until you've already gotten the mentor well and truly established.
The plot of the episode is pretty simple. I was surprised by the Jhaveri family and how high up Lara's clients are. I do wonder what they would've done with the Navaratna talisman when it was complete.
Now for my nitpicking. There were a number of mistakes regarding guns that most people do get wrong. Like the usage of clipin "She empties her clip" when it should be magazine. Another is Machine Gun. I assume you were thinking of Assault Rifles or Sub-machine Guns. Machine Guns are much bigger, heavier and deliver a much more constant rate of fire, where they are far more usable when deployed on a stand or on the ground. Like the gun in the finale of Breaking Bad.
Other than that, the episode seems to work. The plot, though simple, is interesting enough to hold my attention. Lara didn't have a lot of characterization, but she did work as the lead. The rest of the cast could use some work but were serviceable. And I did love the scene with the Leogriff, I'm always happy to see some strange creatures stalking the halls of ancient ruins. It's not a great episode, but its good. It works. And if it is only the first draft, I'm sure you'll fix many of the issues. And even if this is the final version, I honestly would keep reading the following episodes.
Again, thanks for giving the pitch a read. Whenever you decide to read the pilot, here's hoping you enjoy it. It's the first draft, with possibly many more to come, but we just wanted to hit the ground running and get something written out, as soon as possible.
That's a good tactic, instead of my endless planning for stuff I never get around to.
And I shall give this a read soon, like in a few hours, so be on the lookout for my poorly written review!
Now I love Tomb Raider and the whole tomb robbing and adventure genre. I've played most of the games, I've seen both movies, the first being is my guilty pleasure even though its horrible, and I've had a number of thoughts on making my own Tomb Raider VS in the past.
But something about this one didn't click for me. It was the characters. You've described what they do and what skills they possess, but who are they? What is their personality, their relationships with each other?
Now I haven't read the pilot just yet, so you may have already characterized each person, this is just going on the pitch.
On the other hand, you've got a global adventure show. I love these kinds of things. And you even casted Rami Malek, a severely underrated actor. And I do love the games, so you've got one guaranteed reader here.