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Posted May 3, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

Well, I was off on a few things it seems. Looks like FBI agent is still alive and around, and everything still isn't good in the Jack/Mia world. Looks like they have issues about the future (Jack wants to buy a ranch and get Mia out of the game; Mia wants to stay because she'll never be as successful at another casino), and now Tommy is trying to be potential love interest for Mia. I'm not sure what to make of the kiss yet; yeah, it went a few seconds long, but I can buy she was kind of in shock at first, and she looked flat-out pissed at him and didn't seem to be showing any "secretly enjoyed it" behavior, so I hesitate to call this a love triangle. If anything, it could just be a fake-out, and Tommy will find himself at the receiving end of an ass-kicking.

On the other hand, looks like I was at least right about good old Micheal Ironside. Apparently, Gainsley had wanted Ralph's wife and brother in-law's land, and while the brother in-law was willing, she wasn't. So he (either himself or by his orders) set it up to have her killed, and then buy from the brother in-law. And now he just tried to do the same thing to Katherine, only she's not dead, but in a coma. Oh, Gainsley. You may have the power of Michael Ironside, but I don't think this is going to end well for you.

Especially since (cue drumroll): Ralph and Vincet are teaming up! Yep, after Gainsley got Ralph suspended, Ralph said "Fuck it", and he and Vincent made a deal to put aside their differences to take him down (especially since Gainsley blew up the Tumbleweed and almost killed Vincent and Lena.) Now, this, I can't wait to see. I can't wait to see Ralph/Jack/Dixon interact with Vincent and his goons. For some reason, I really want to see Dixon with the goons. I can see some good comedic scenes with those three.

Another great casting moment: the brother in-law was played by Christopher Heyerdahl, who is awesome in everything, especially as The Swede on Hell on Wheels. I hope he joins Ralph in getting some revenge, or at least plays some part in the finale.

Only thing that really didn't work for me was them trying to make Vincet/Lena some kind of epic romance. It feels like they only just met. I guess they're just wrapping things up, but it feels rushed.

Edited by thuganomics85, May 3, 2013 @ 10:46 PM.


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Posted May 3, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

Do not want more relationship problems for Mia and Jack.

What hit me this episode was Dixon. We got all Ralph's angst about losing his wife. But it was really brought home this episode that was Dixon's mom. Poor guy grew up with his mother. Damn.

I just realized that the guy playing Gainsley played Ham on the original V. Oh boy are we in some trouble now.

It's gonna be epic. Too bad they put Catherine in a coma. She could have had some fun too.

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Posted May 3, 2013 @ 11:51 PM

It seems like they took their 5 year plan and put the highlights into this episode. I am thinking more evidence they got word to wrap this one up.

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Posted May 7, 2013 @ 1:49 PM

Can anyone honestly see Mia working on a ranch? This really showed how she and Jack aren't cut out for each other. In the end, he's going to want a woman who stays home and bakes bread and maybe milks the cows and she's not into that. She's far too sophisticated. Even if she ever gave it a try for Jack's sake, it wouldn't work out, she'd never be happy with that kind of life. She didn't go through all that schooling to end up on a ranch.



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Posted May 10, 2013 @ 6:06 PM

Officially cancelled

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Posted May 10, 2013 @ 7:54 PM

They cancelled Golden Boy too which they brought in to replace Vegas on Tuesdays.   C'mon guys, Vegas was a good show that deserved the chance to let its audience grow.   Not started, stopped, started, then moved, then cancelled.



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Posted May 10, 2013 @ 9:33 PM

I thought that worked decently well as a series finale, though I agree that it's really a shame the show was canceled. It definitely had more story to tell and while I watched off and on (Grimm fan), when I caught Vegas it was plain that it was steadily improving, one or two boneheaded storyline choices aside.

 

Just about the only thing I found less than satisfying is that Katherine didn't come out of her coma. C'mon, guys, let her wake up and see Ralph sitting vigil!


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Posted May 10, 2013 @ 10:20 PM

 

They cancelled Golden Boy too which they brought in to replace Vegas on Tuesdays.

 

Yeah, that entire plan didn't work out at all.  Nice going, CBS.

 

Not surprised over the cancellation, but I'll miss this show.  I'm sure Dennis Quaid and MIchael Chiklis will be fine; they'll always be on demand for something; but I hope the rest get gigs as well.  Poor Jason O'Mara.  Is he getting close to show-killer status at this point?  At least I can give this show credit for improving Sarah Jones in my eyes, after her meh performance in Alcatraz.  Taylor Handley might get snatch up, because he's still relatively young.  Aimee Garcia still has Dexter I think (haven't watch the recent season yet.)

 

As for the finale, it works enough for a series ender.  A few stuff that was left open if they got renewed, like Ralph basically telling VIncent he still has his eye on him.  Oh, and Jack/Mia ended up not working.  Boy, did I totally call that wrong: she hooked-up with Tommy after all.  At least Dixon/Yvonne worked out.  I think that might have even been their first kiss.

 

Bummed that Katherine remained in her coma.  Carrie Ann-Moss deserved at least one moment.

 

The episode did give me two of my wishes: we got a brief amusing scene with Dixon and Vincent's henchmen and Creepy Jones was back!  As soon as I saw Damon Herriman's name in the credits, I was happy.  Crazy that Ralph kept his word and let him go.  I wonder if he would have return if this show continued.



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 9:49 AM

 Well. I'm bummed about the cancellation but not too surprised. I really enjoyed the "old school" crime solving aspect of this show but I would guess that's exactly what killed it. Too hard to believe in the one hour solution without all the computers and instant answer gadgets. I liked the cast as well.  



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

I remember in the first episode rancher Lamb's first action was to move the body signalling this ain't CSI but in the second episode he was starting to introduce the scientific method to crime detection



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 11:56 AM

This show is gonna force me to write fan fic.   No way can I leave it with Mia and Jack apart.



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 3:26 PM

Poor Jason O'Mara.  Is he getting close to show-killer status at this point?

 

 

 

 

Between Life On Mars. Terra Nova and now Vegas, I would say his status is secured. And those are just the shows I know about. 

 

Sad but not surprised by the news of cancellation. This was the show I most anticipated back in the fall, and though it wasn't the show I thought it would be, it was still quite entertaining.

 

All in all I would say Sarah Jones and Aimee Garcia were the big surprises on this show. Anything they did before never left much of an impression, but here they acquitted themselves nicely. Here's hoping we see more of them, especially Garcia.



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 4:53 PM

Sorry to be late for the wake, but man! That was a nice good-bye, even with the stuff un finished between Jack/Mia and Katherine in a coma.

 

There wasn't much I didn't like in that hour. Jones was his nutty, crazy-cool self. Koda/Dixon and the Mr. Ed thing ("You got a horse that says 'pretty bird?'") Dix at the cattle auction and Yvonne swearing that the love tap before would be "a cool breeze" if he pulled that kind of stunt again. Slightly tipsy Mia reacting to Vincent's car. Lena and Mia talking about men at the bar. All the good Lamb guy stuff. The final separate walk-aways of Ralph and Vincent (I'm blanking on the song, but it was fun.)

 

I do blame the scheduling monkeys at CBS for backing the wrong horse and not giving this fun show time to strengthen.

 

I hope the behind-the-scenes folks, not just the actors and directors, find good gigs based on this. It was a lovely, mostly smart, fun period piece that wasn't slavish to every detail, but delivered in the main point of these shows: it entertained. I just hope there will be dvds. And Emmy nominations for MiniSeries; if American Horror Story can go up for that, this sure can! 



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 5:06 PM

I will miss having Dennis Quaid's smile (somewhat) regularly on my screen. Most of the final episode was excellent, it's too bad it didn't last but on the other hand, rather one season than 10 where the last 5 are declining in quality.

As Mia's mom said, this was never going to work. Jack made the same mistake Ralph did in thinking he could keep his loved ones out of the mess. Mia works for the mob, there is no way around that. And she would never be ok on a farm.



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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 7:39 PM

Well, nice to know once again that my age makes my viewing preferences undesirable.  (53 is so over the hill!)  I loved this show, loved the actors and I followed it faithfully around the schedule changes and hiatuses.  Great episode and worked okay as a series finale.  I too hope there are DVDs and that all the actors find some great gigs.  Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Jason O'Mara, Carrie-Anne Moss, all were just great.  One of my favorite things about the characters was that most of them were not perfectly good or perfectly bad, but had all kinds of qualities.  Ralph was a very decent guy, but often kind of an ass and definitely had tunnel vision about some people and things.  Dixon was a sweetie, but started out as such a horn dog (even with married women!) and kind of lazy.  Turned into a good lawman, though.  Savino, did very bad things, but wasn't cruel or a killer if he could avoid it, and he did try to love and stay with his wife as best he could.  Mia, tough outside and sweet inside, nice but willfully wanting to stay with the mob because she got power that was very unusual for a woman at the time.  Just some really great stuff, and such a fun look at the beginnings of baby Las Vegas.  My husband loved all the vintage cars and I loved all the vintage clothes!

 

Speaking of Jason O'Mara (who I have loved for a long time) being a show killer, he was also in a short lived series called "In Justice" in 2006 that I liked.  Here's hoping to better luck to him in the future!

 

Edited to add:  Jones was back!  Awesome!  I really did think he had betrayed them until the ambush.  Every time I saw his character, I would yell, "Dewey Crowe!  All grown up and bad-ass!"  Such is the power of Justified.


Edited by Willow2tree, May 11, 2013 @ 7:42 PM.


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Posted May 11, 2013 @ 10:15 PM

Wow! I had no idea Jones was Dewey Crowe! Grown-up indeed. Grown a brain, I'd say.



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Posted May 12, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

I really, really hate CBS for not giving this show a real chance.  Not like they don't have other shows that could go.  I can't not hope that some other outlet picks it up.

 

The finale though was pretty damn good, but there is so much more story to be told.  That makes me sad.  I too liked old Vegas and the cars and clothes.  I'm very glad I watched. 



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Posted May 13, 2013 @ 8:21 PM

(I'm blanking on the song, but it was fun.)

Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin.



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Posted May 15, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

Well, I am PISSED about this cancellation. CBS was so sure that POS Golden Boy was going to be the big winner, screwing with the scheduling and and moving this show all over the week - and now Vegas, the good show, pays the price.

So? Are we going to flood CBS with poker chips? or cow chips? Please tell me there's some fan group as eager to see this cancellation reversed as I am.



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Posted May 15, 2013 @ 1:56 AM

Well I don't agree that Golden Boy got this show cancelled. People were predicting Vegas' cancellation weeks (or months) before Golden Boy even premiered. They were both cancelled for their own merits, imo.



And I watched both.



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Posted May 15, 2013 @ 9:19 AM

I really appreciated that they didn't make Mia give up her life for Jack for a pseudo-fairytale ending. This is where her power lies, this is the life she chose for better of for worse. Considering the time this show is set, it's a bold choice for a woman.



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Posted May 17, 2013 @ 6:36 PM

Aww man. . .I hate it when this happens. . .now I will never see Jack and Mia together or Ralph and Katerine exchanging glances.   

But I gotta say for me they kinda wasted Dennis Quaid natural charms untill the end of the show's run.  He's got that Texas Swagger, Boyish good looks.   Which is what I tuned in for, but for the life of me all I saw was a guy who was pissed at the world.    I was expecting something different than Sheiff Lamb hardboiled exterior.  Anyhoo, I feel sorry for Jason O'Mara.  I liked him on Life on Mars. I didn't watch Terra Nova.  He's a good looking guy.   NBC is probably gonna find sumpin for him. . just guessing.

Oh my gosh, I had no I idea that was Newy Crowe.  The super cool hit man was Newy Crowe.  Crazy.   I missed him on Justified this season. 



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Posted May 24, 2013 @ 2:39 PM

Dowel Jones, this is belated, but thank you for the song. I thought it was fun with the end of "Look out ol' Mackie is back!" (Then again, I love Bobby Darin's take.)

 

 



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Posted May 28, 2013 @ 4:15 PM

I am listening to a season commentary podcast on Vegas and five weeks in it was still the number one new program with the new high profile basic cable dramas about to premier and election based skipped weeks to break the momentum. I guess it was just not meant to be.



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Posted May 28, 2013 @ 6:13 PM

Yeah, I just this weekend took a long flight, and one of the in-flight shows was an episode of Vegas. It made me preemptively miss the show in the fall. And it frustrated me all over again that CBS canned this show, which had so much dang promise and so many more stories to tell, and retained some shows that I've found have grown quite stale in the last season-plus.