Picks and Pans Review: Sins of the City
"Maybe you shouldn't be a cop," a prosecutor friend (Barbara Williams) advises the protagonist (Marcus Graham) in the July 19 premiere of this drama series. "Cops are 9-to-5...book 'em, on to the next case. You look into a deeper world." That explains why Graham, an "Australian heartthrob" (says a USA press release) new to American TV, is so given to furrowing his handsome brow and staring. In the second episode (July 25), having resigned from the Miami police under an ethical cloud, Graham's character is at work as a private eye—the perfect job for a guy with a searching gaze and an appreciation for moral ambiguity. The star is interesting to watch, though he should lighten up a fraction, and Jose Zuniga has appeal as a cop pal who almost became a priest (so he too has a deeper view of life). Another plus is the flavorful mix of Miami locations. But the dialogue needs work (our blood ran cold when an internal affairs officer declared himself "serious—serious as lung cancer"), and the second episode—about an undercover cop who takes up sexual adventuring—crosses the line between ambiguity and absurdity.
Bottom Line: Some sins, some virtues, but arresting