Originally Posted by Whitearrow
Heigl just doesn't have the gravitas to pull this off, IMO. And I don't think it's anything like Homeland except in the most superficial sense.
correct on both points!
poorly acted drivel. NO comparison to Homeland or many other excellent, well-executed spy oriented dramas, like BBC's laterst The Game, or older MI5. Even 24 as contrived as it was, was far superior to this soap opera mess.
Really, high drama that "comes" out of the gate, with dialog about her just needing to 'come"
and a flash scene with her taking sex from behind. OK we got the sex angle in the 1st 3 minutes. Next....
An entire summer of really good programming, more good shows to watch than I can recall in a long time, great dramas, genre shows, scifi, mysteries and fantasy. And this is what network TV comes up with for a fall, realistic CIA oriented show? give me a break. Manhattan was soapy but at least had historical significance to drive its story forward and it at least got some of the ideas behind the development of the A-bomb factually correct! There really was an implosion design and a gun design.
Katherine Heigl may be OK or downright great in breezy, fluffy romantic-comedy-drama but cannot be taken seriously in this role. plus her acting is wooden and the writing-dialog is insipid.
This week's sub episode had potential to be taken pretty seriously and what do we get? A briefing in which the analyst dressed to the nines, with diamonds, pearls and designer dress vs POTUS who looks like she's dressing to do some real work as President
And everyone giggling like school kids about the "stud", and making snarky kiddish comments when a real sub with a real asset and 6 months of highly damaging intel is sitting there. I guess the tears at the end were supposed to make up for the silly behaviors throughout the episode. And we are supposed to believe that is what really would happen?
Plus the ignorant comment from the lady who tells Charlie too bad we couldn't get a freighter there to hoist the sub....a ship pulling up a ship that weighs more, is buried in sediment and sinking, all with a standard issue common winch! Right!!
State of Affairs meet Science.
In truth, the CIA did have a top secret mission to hoist up a Russian sub in 1974 - it was called Project Azorian and it was not that long ago that the information was "declassified" and a documentary made.
Here's the reality from wiki -
"Project Azorian was one of the most complex, expensive, and secretive intelligence operations of the Cold War at a cost of about $800 million ($3.8 billion in 2014 dollars)."
"In addition to designing the high tech recovery ship and its unique lifting cradle, the U.S. used concepts developed with Global Marine (see Project Mohole
) that utilized their precision stability equipment to keep the ship nearly stationary above the target (and do this while lowering nearly three miles of pipe). They worked with scientists to develop methods for preserving paper that had been underwater for years in hopes of being able to recover and read the submarine's codebooks. The exact reasons why this project was undertaken are unknown, but likely reasons included the recovery of an intact nuclear missile (R-21
, also known as NATO SS-N-5-SERB), and cryptological documents and equipment....While the ship did recover a portion of K-129
, a mechanical failure in the grapple caused two-thirds of the recovered section to break off during recovery."
"The K-129 was photographed at a depth of over 16,000 feet (4,900 m), and thus the salvage operation would be well beyond the depth of any ship salvage operation ever before attempted. On November 1, 1972, work began on the 63,000-short-ton (57,000 t), 619-foot-long (189 m) Hughes Glomar Explorer"
In the real world, it took creating a very special ship, cutting edge engineering, a whole lot of money and 4 years
from planning to execution.
And the silly woman thinks just sending in a freighter would work
I don't expect a network drama to be that real but come on, at least try to introduce some degree of reality. The Brits can do it in their "spy" genre shows. 24 was contrived but at least it had drama.
State of Affairs is a turkey and I predict cancellation. I know I've deleted it after 2 episodes. Homeland & The Game are far superior to this POS. I haven't read but 1 reviewer say nice things about the show and Ep 2.
Most reviews say it's pretty mediocre, one I read gave it a D+. Most were better than that but still nothing better than mediocre.
Katherine may be seeking her TV comeback and maybe enough viewers will give it to her. But her acting in this one isn't very good, believable or interesting to watch.