TERRIERS “Pilot” Advance Review

Terriers Pilot Review 2

I got to see an advance copy of the Pilot episode for TERRIERS, a new series premiering on FX tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 8 ) at 10pm. The show stars Donal Logue as ex-cop “Hank Dolworth” and Michael Raymond-James as his buddy “Britt Pollack”. The two play best friends who really have nothing going on in their lives and work together as unlicensed private investigators. They appear to be willing to take on any job, no matter how big or small, and that will become very evident within the first minutes of the show.

The tagline for Terriers is “Too small to fail” and after watching the pilot, I really appreciate what they mean by that. When first we see the two friends, Hank and Britt are working on a tiny two-bit case that I’m sure no other agency would take. But when the guys are asked to help out the daughter of an old drinking buddy of Hank’s, we see that when the stakes are high, they can get the big stuff done too. The girl is in over her head and things quickly go from light and funny in the opening scenes, to some pretty serious stuff.

What I liked about this show is that it wasn’t at all what I expected. Before I saw the pilot I had seen a few clips online and had this idea all worked out in my head exactly what Terriers was about. Two guys, total bums, totally immature, solving silly crimes – check. But there’s a lot more to it than that though, let me tell you. Yes these guys are best friends who are completely immature, but they also are fighting tooth and nail to make their way in the world and figuring out who they are. In this first episode we see what sorts of things they’ve had to overcome and both are taking steps, albeit baby ones, towards growing up.

I also thought Donal’s character was very interesting. Hank is at a point in his life where he’s basically starting over. He’s been through some bad stuff and I got the impression that doing this little business with his best friend is about all he could handle right now. But at the same time he’s not the type of guy who takes crap from anyone because truthfully he’s got nothing to lose. I thought it was cool how Hank was someone you’d maybe walk by on the street and just assume was a loser, but you would be very wrong.

Overall I liked the pilot episode of Terriers so much that when it came to an end, I was sad. Then I saw that the DVD I have has two more episodes and I was happy again. I shall be watching the next episode just as soon as I get the chance.

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