Before going into this review I feel that I should share my brief history with Nip/Tuck. I got into the show in 2005 (back in the tenth grade!). Season two had just begun and I had a friend who was raving about Season one. I proceeded to watch an entire season one marathon and was absolutely floored by it. The pilot alone is enough to warrant awe due to how infectiously crude it is, the characters and how they interact, and back then we really never saw a show take such drastic steps before. I than caught up with season two and was again marveled at all the risks such a show dared to take. Than season three came a year later proceeding to be my favorite season of a TV show with its dark themes and once again the intelligent pushing of the envelope the show continued to do with ease. And than season four happened....and than season five (part 2) happened...and once again I am lured back to watch season 6 (also the Final season) of Nip/tuck.
Now why such disdain for this show? What could possibly make something so good become so bad? To show this effectively I'll give an excerpt from a conversation from season fives finale:
Kimber: Where is Christian Matt?
Matt: He doesn't want to see you Kimber..
Matt: Because...*sigh* He's dying of cancer...
Now for those who are still reading and reaching for their jaws at the stale writing before you will be glad to know that this time around Nip/tuck seems to be on point (or so we could hope).
I'll be dead honest with you all: I had no aspirations/plans/ or even dreams of returning to this show after last seasons finale, but than while watching Sons of Anarchy on FX I was presented with a very interesting trailer of all the shows characters getting immensely screwed. With the promise of seeing the demise of such unlikable characters (and calling them unlikeable is the nicest thing I can say) was pretty intriguing. So the question is: How did the season premier hold up? and surprisingly...It was good.
I'll just list the pros and the cons of the episode:
1. Reality - This season we are presented with the fact that the economic crisis has started to infect the Nip/Tuck universe. No longer do we see highly expensive cars, super models galore, and all the ridiculously ludicrous expenses that Shaun and Christian divulge themselves in. For once we see the two have truly hit rock bottom.
2. Possibly A Classic -
Those who gave up on the show after season two will be glad to know that this is the closest they'll ever get to returning to such a form. If you couldn't stand the utter retardation of season four or the quirkiness of season five than this new season will definitely make you speak about Nip/Tuck at work and school once more.
3. Bromance - Sean and Christians interactions feel stronger than ever. Gone are the inklings that they might be gay (finally!) and the disturbances of other women infecting their relationship (Sean is actually in a stable relationship for once). If this continues to grow strong than it’s a possibility that by the series finale you might grow to miss Shaun and Christian.
4. The Cameos - With this season we're once again presented with celebrity cameos, but this time around they seem that they won't distill the plots (though I doubt the show will ever recover from having Rosie O Donnell in it). The premier includes cameos by Wayne Knight (Newman!), Rose McGowan (replacing Katee Sackhoff as Sean’s girlfriend Teddy so well that you can forgive the change with ease), and Barry Bostwick playing a home sexual Matt Murdock who despite being highly disturbing fits the role perfectly (in the sense that everyone on Nip/Tuck is immensely fucked in the head).
Also to note this season promises to feature cameos of:
5. Matt - Matt has a new storyline as a "mime robber"
which is highly redundant (I'll explain why later) but the scene in which he takes that mantle is so fun to watch that you can't help but "hope" that it goes somewhere interesting.
6. Emotion - For a season premier the episode did a great job of conveying the characters emotions without making you sigh heavily. Most definitely most of these characters have created their own pain (smart move marrying Christian Liz...) but with such powerful acting from the cast you can't help but feel their hopelessness and troubles wash over you. Once again director Ryan Murphy shows that he can direct actors.
7. The Promise - Let’s face it: everyone on this show is doomed. There is no light at the end of the tunnel for ANY of these characters and with that in mind I'll be viewing in to see how much farther each character descends themselves. Hey it is the American thing to do right?
Now for the Cons:
1. Un-Likability - Nip/Tuck has reached to what I like to call "The Sopranos level" meaning that NOBODY on this show is likable to the furthermost stretch to the imagination.
While thinking that the show couldn't stop lower to making me hate these characters and their ridiculous attempts to "redeem" themselves the premier leaves that nasty taste in your mouth of not liking anyone once again and promises with glee that it will continue.
2. Characters - The show has always been willing to make characters that are far out of this world of comprehension and still find a way to make viewers wish for more with each episode. But I am just going to come flat out and say it: No human being with one brain cell would ever tolerate these two characters.
Kimber Henry has not only stolen money from our main characters but also lied, cheated, endangered the life of her child (also being their grandchild/child), addicted to drugs (twice), and does the amazing skill of "re-inventing" herself once life throws a rock at her. She’s immensely unlikable and the sheer fact our main characters interact with her is nothing short of retarded.
Julia...boy don't get me started on Julia. I'll be honest; Joely Richardson can act her god damn heart out. She knows how to put depth and perception in such a cliché of a character. But there in lies the problem: cliché, which is all Julia McNamara is. Yeah she has done some "edgy" things but I can foresee everything that will happen with her character this season (so prepared to be shocked): she will come by with a new lover or looking for one, she will grow jealous of Sean's relationship and not show it until the second to last episode, she will go on and on about "all my choices are for the children" when racking in first for the worst mother of the year awards, and she will undoubtedly end up sleeping with Christian before the season ends.
3. Matt -
I've tried to like Matt McNamara, I really really have. But this new idea of making him a mime so he can "find himself" is absolutely ridiculous. You want to know a secret? I actually loved Matt in season five (part two) due to the fact that they did something utterly amazing: they wrote Matt as an actual human being. You know, one of those things people can relate to? With emotions, rationality, and oh what’s that? A brain! Its amazing in how such a short time all of that is lost.
4. Mario Lopez - I like Mario Lopez. He is the only actor I can think of from the 80's whose made a comeback in television and has done it with grace. When he was in season four I actually got excited to watch the show and to see him hosting such shows as Americans Next Crew made me smile at the fact people felt the same way. So it might shock you readers to learn that I believe making him a regular on the show is the worst idea they've had since making Julia date a midget.
Let me put it in perspective for you: to save them from this economic crisis Sean and Christian decide to hire Lopez's character to bring in new clientele due to his talents of vaginal reconstruction. Now if you can watch the premier and not visualize at least 20 issues with this and how it will inevitability be an epic fail than honestly hats off to you.
5. The Episodes ending - The way the episode ends makes me wish I never turned the television on in the first place. I'm going to spoil it right now so if you wish to be "shocked" than turn away. Sean has insomniac issues, so he decides to take sleeping pills. Problem is at the episodes end his girlfriend attempts to wake him up but only...oh no...SEAN WON'T WAKE UP!
What makes this downright stupid is just one little fact: ITS THE SEASON PREMIER! Meaning oh wait what? There’s more episodes? Sean is the leading man? Meaning...him dying so early on makes no sense? oh...than that is pretty dumb isn't it?
So there you go. From what I got from the premier is that the show is back to form and I really do want to see these characters get what they deserve. But lets face it, almost every shows premier promises the exact same thing but what I will give nip/Tuck is that this is the final season of the series, so maybe one last hoorah can happen with the show I used to love oh so much (than again I also used to like Heroes and look where that got me..). My solution: watch the show, get what you can because I'll stand by that this is still one of the best written shows on television (after Dexter of course) and the second you see a guy do this...
proceed to NEVER return to the show again.