Originally Posted by Marty Milton
I am glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks Harvey Keitle is wrong for this role. For whatever reason, Keitel replaced Colm Meaney after the pilot was shot. I, personally, think Keitel has too much intensity for the role.
Same here, Keitel is a fantastic actor, but he doesn't(so far) even come close to Philip Glenister's portrayal. His Gene Hunt in the original was an extremely dominant character commanding your attention in every scene he was in from the minute he was introduced. Were the original put up for Emmy contention, Glenister would have been a strong contender. Keitel, so far, is just another character among many in this version. The character of Chris in the ABC version is dull facsimile of the original, the original being a likable, unexperienced goof. Gretchen Mol is doing a fair job so far as Annie, but again, the original was an instantly likable character from the minute you met her, this one, not so much.
Also agree with ABCTV99 that the city scenes were overly done, far too "busy" looking. In the original, the stark, empty look of Manchester, where you rarely saw many people and even fewer cars, kept the focus on the main character and his "where am I" confusion and sense of helplessness and loneliness. The ABC version has been "Americanized", where we tend to do everything to excess, and IMO, to the detriment of the story itself.
I knew I would have trouble with the ABC version as I felt the original was about as perfect as TV could get. I'll watch a few more episodes, but frankly, I don't see this version coming close to matching the original. I can see the storyline getting very diluted when you consider ABC is looking to run this show 20-22 eps per season whereas the original was only 16 eps and even then it was about 2 episodes too long.