It's an opener, so it has the problem of setting up all the various characters and situations, but I thought it was handed as well as you could o without the inherit drama of OMG POLICE WORK. It's clearly going to be more of a character drama now you don't have the hook of an ongoing investigation, but it worked. I want to see more of Ladonna, Overly Enthusiastic Recent Stoner Transplant, his Long Suffering Chef Girlfriend, Charming Cad Trumpet Player, and maybe more of Strident Female Lawyer and Angry Jon Goodman if their daughter doesn't show up too much.
Bubbles B. Hope McRebuilderstien? Well, if he wears that outfit at least once and episode, then yes.
Also, I want more of Stoner Music-Buff's gay neighbors cause damn the older fellow had on like the biggest motherfucking hat in the WORLD.
I liked it, I thought it started slow but by the end of the episode I felt like I knew more of the characters and got a sense of where it was going.
Some of the lines "I would know, I would" bothered me, but mostly I thought it was well-written. I like shows where you enter into an already formed world, which can be confusing, but seems more real than having people explicitly introduced or the plot unfolding just for you.
It makes the events seem more real, like you entered the picture that existed rather than that the picture was created for you.
Man, that was terrible.
All the social tableaux (people in Nola like to drink, and dance, and make music) and political tableaux (john goodmans rant about the cause of Nolas destruction) felt very gratuitous to me.
I guess I'd like it more if I were a US american.
Or maybe the characters will get more interesting as they develop them further. As it is I don't care about them at all.
Ah well, thankfully Breaking Bad is still running.