THE PLOT THUS FAR
From the Emmy Award-winning team behind the critically acclaimed FOX series “Arrested Development” comes Running Wilde, a romantic comedy series starring Will Arnett as Steven Wilde, a filthy-rich, immature playboy trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart, Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell), the über-liberal humanitarian who got away.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Steven Wilde always had everything he wanted, due to his improbably rich father. Except the girl, Emmy Kadubic, who is an environmentalist. Emmy and her daughter, Puddle come to live with him. The most conspicuously absent part of the show is an anchoring “straight man” a la Jack Lemon or Dean Martin. The zany characters are no good without an accomplished and mature actor capable of acting as a stand-in for the audience. My guess is that the writers intended for this to be Puddle, she has not yet developed the nuance and complexity of facial expression and voice intonation to make her more than the show’s cute kid.The narration also becomes somewhat unsettling as the show’s narrator is also a major character in the show, discussing events she was not present for, and in cases, are deliberately happening behind her back and it doesn’t feel right… In film, they say that voice-over should be used sparingly. It’s a seasoning, it shouldn’t be necessary to understand the plot. Here, it seems more like a desperate attempt to find something that captivated its audience in another iteration of itself.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is strong enough for standard definition, but I can understand why Lionsgate didn’t take a chance on a Blu-Ray release. The HD broadcast was so-so with only uncompressed audio to help it out. The Dolby 5.1 surround track fares good enough for a show that was in and out in half of a season. I’d recommend a rental to the few fans of the show.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!