VINYL: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON REVIEWED
“Vinyl” is quite a mess of influences. Honestly, I think they made a mistake by setting the show in 1973. Pushing the story about 3 or 4 years deeper into the future and the level of influences they want to tackle would make sense. Bobby Cannavale is nailing his TV roles and a lot of the magic that made Boardwalk Empire work has made its way back over here. The cast is impeccable and I can’t say enough about this cast.
Anachronisms abound, but the music is fierce. James Jagger gets the punk scene in a pop sense, but I buy him in the role. While most people remember Olivia Wilde’s quick nude scene, the powerhouse actress of the show is Juno Temple. Temple is becoming one of those go-to actresses that carries every role she films. The idea to work real artists into the show fills a bit trite. The guys playing Bowie and Elvis did well enough. But, it starts to feel like the Globetrotters showing up on Scooby-Doo.
If I’m going to buy the world of “Vinyl”, I need a better sense of narrative flow than an episode hinging on flying to Vegas to meet Elvis. I know Elvis and I get his schtick. I want to learn more about Cannavale’s label and his mob debt. Why are we even wasting time on this other stuff? It’s a frustrating show, but I expect Season 2 to pick up.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 6/7/16
- Video - 93%93%
- Audio - 96%96%
- Supplemental Material - 89%89%
The Plot Thus Far
Vinyl is an exciting new drama series that explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business of the 1970s, played out through the story of a NYC record executive trying to revive his label and keep his personal life from spiraling out of control. A dizzying ride through America’s music-business landscape at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the story is seen through the eyes of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale, Emmy® for Boardwalk Empire), a major-label exec with a dark past and darker present. With his company, American Century Records, facing a number of client crises, and with his A&R team having trouble landing important new acts, Richie, sober after years of drug and alcohol abuse, looks to sell his label to a West German conglomerate. But Richie’s plans become complicated when he becomes embroiled in the death of a sleazy Long Island radio-company owner. Facing jail time, not to mention the loss of his disenchanted wife Devon (Olivia Wilde) and their two kids, Richie ends up reverting to his old vices, but has an epiphany during a concert at a Greenwich Village theater where the roof caves in on him – literally.