I am a vet of FBW as well as Lance et Compte (what with the english version tanking so quickly and the french version chugging along many seasons later) as well as Power Play (really loved that show!).
On FBW, the wives actually got together to shop and things because they didn't have anyone else who understood their world (and their men). That was completely missing. If star player's wife has been widowed, where are her "friend" (fake or otherwise).
In general, the characters seem very isolated from one another. The scene in the bar, after the court case seemed a little false because you never had a sense that these guys have any comraderie (I didn't see the first episode, so maybe I missed the 3-way with Mandy and said "comraderie" between team mates. I don't think rookie Trevor said a single word to another hockey player through the whole episode.
I thought the player with the daycare teacher date was kind of cute (and we really didn't need the distracting storyline of her nerdy, nervous suitor - what's his role, the guy she runs to when she decides she can't handle being a hockey players girlfriend/wife?). However, I thought it was a bit over the top that she would not only run to the court house (uh, no one asked you to go, none of your business) but when she finds out he was in a 3-way, she slaps him. Hello, he's not a pedophile but a man with an active sex life. He said he entertained being a vet for a few minutes but otherwise it was hockey all the way. That didn't mean he was a monk as well.
From what little I know about the hockey world (I have a friend whose sister has followed her hockey player boyfriend/now-husband around the country), these guys are very down to earth. Being Canadian, they don't have the "I'm going to be a hockey god" thing going on. They are very team-oriented. They tend to have the support of their family. They likely have a girlfriend that they knew from "back home" and she tends to keep him grounded (unlike Trailer chick from MVP or Harley's girlfriend from FBW). For her the fringe benefits are security.
So Damon's lack of support and the fact that the star player died of an overdose rang false for me (not saying hockey players don't do drugs but consider how much harder it becomes to skate up and down a rink for 60 minutes).
The only character that really intrigues me is the GM. I like that they have made him a little short (which may mean he is a player wannabee but had to make do with being in on the business). I see wheels turning in his brain and I want to see where they are going to go with that.
Also as a black woman from Canada, the photographer really bugged. To work at that level, she needed to be fabulous, confident and damned cocky. As a woman working with what was clearly an uncomfortable half-naked man, she needed to flirt with him (from a distance of course). Instead, she looked like she was too timid to look through the view finder. Just sayin'
Edited by PopCultDiva, Jan 19, 2008 @ 11:44 AM.