Rebel, season 1, episode 1

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Shonda Rhimes may have left ABC the plush peripheral climate of Netflix, but her legacy and influence can still be felt on her old network, especially on Thursday nights. Stepping into scary heels Scandalwith Olivia Pope and How to get out of murderwith Annalize Keating is the fearless Katey Sagal, who takes on the role of Annie “Rebel” Flynn Ray Bello, not very loosely based on one Erin Brockovich (who also produces Rebel). If you’ve watched that 2000 Oscar-winning film, the setting may seem familiar to you: An An honest, down-to-earth advocate takes on a multitude of inaccessible reasons as her own life falters.

Like Erin, Rebel has three children and three husbands (for symmetry, the series matches one child per spouse; also, Erin is divorced from all three, while Rebel’s current marriage is at the end of this pilot). She does not have a law degree: A The rebel line is taken directly from the film when everyone assumes she is a lawyer: “I hate lawyers.” (A better line is when a passerby asks if he is a Rebel that famous lawyer and someone is responsible, “She is not a lawyer. She’s just loud. “) What she has is tons of smartness and moxie that make it possible she to go with a lasso to the multitude of David’s and Goliath’s situations, always on David’s side. Rebel works for an older, real lawyer (Andy Garcia’s Cruz advocates for a real-life mentoring role for Ed Masry), who is frustrated and overwhelmed by his efforts, and yet seemingly helpless in the fight against such a dynamic force of nature.

If Rebel were played by almost anyone but Katey Sagal, her holy, selfless attitude would be almost too much to take. Fortunately, the charisma of the TV vet, polished to perfection for decades on the small screen, instead makes Rebel’s character likable. Unfortunately, due to the complicated family life of the leader, Rebel ‘The pilot has to offer a large amount of exposure in order to set a small number of characters: Rebel gynecologist son Nate (Kevin Zegers) is the product of fellowship with his first wifeMatthew Glave), police officer; Kid number two Cassidy (Lex Scott Davis) is a daughter similar to Rebel herself, which is why she just wants to rebel and go to work for her corporate lawyer, Daddy Benji (James Lesure), whose sister is Lana (Tamala Jones) is Rebel’s best friend; kid number three Ziggy (Runaways’ Ariela Barer) is just a teenager outside of the rehabilitation Rebel adopted 10 years ago with third husband Grady, who may be on a date (John Corbett, once a refreshingly playing team).

Tamala Jones, Matthew Glave, Kevin Zegers, Katey Sagal, James Lesure of Rebel

From left: Tamala Jones, Matthew Glave, Kevin Zegers, Katey Sagal, James Lesure
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There are so many family ties being referred to, that the episode actually makes a lot more sense on second viewing, even though it means re-suffering a valuable dialogue as Rebel sarcastically admonished her son: “I’m sorry for my sympathy with my colleagues human beings are caused you suffering, ”or Grady tells Rebel that if one day he stays home from work,“ Who would save the world? ”While Rebel (like Erin Brockovich) is certainly a worthy figure, you can also see how all this constant crusade may not come to the happiest homelives (although there is a great moment where Grady complains about how Rebel ‘He is never around to prepare dinner for him and all four main hosts shout out loud: “Make yourself dinner!?! ”)

But this is a pilot, and that’s why there are so few stellar ones those right from the gate: There’s a lot to set up, while also making a story interesting enough that the viewer wishes to return. Cassidy has an exemplary courtroom scene (which was greatly admired by her new colleague, Nashville ‘s Palladio himself, once allowed to use his native accent), Lana shows her worth by being a land to a rebel sky (taking down, and the Garcia is great as usual. But it’s Sagal, after all, for which we shall return. She was obviously so sought after by the ABC (hey, they did everything right with her Married … With children teammate, A modern familywith Ed O’Neill) that she chose from the script tower – and she chose well. Rebel puts it in front and in the middle, creation a fiercely determined, yet sympathetic and sympathetic character. A supporting actor and guest star, with names like Battlestar Galacticawith Mary McDonnell and Scandal ‘with Dan Bacatinsky, it also hints at good for the future of the series.

Showrunner Krista Vernoff has, after all, been in Shondaland’s lineup for years, most reviewsexecutive production Grey’s Anatomy i Station 19. Rebel allows thematically appropriate actions to take place not only in the courtroom, but also in a familiar hospital setting, thanks to Nate ‘s career (and co – worker Abigail Spencer, which appears next week). Look for multitudee passionate speeches, a lot of tying up girls and weird explanations like, “We’re doing everything we can to tip the scales toward justice” and ““I bring the CEOs of multimillion-dollar corporations to their knees, and not in a good sexy way.If Rebel begins to give priorities showing tellinghowever Sagal may have found a new home worthy of her legendary talent.