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Monday, 9 September 2013

Alpha House - Amazon Originals Pilot

Alpha House - Amazon Comedy Pilots Poster

Yesterday I posted some of my thoughts on the recent Amazon Comedy Pilot episode of the Zombieland TV Series.  Needless to say, I was probably more impressed with the concept of Amazon opening up these shows to streaming audiences to get a vibe for which shows might get a possible green light than the Zombieland show itself.

I watched a few other comedy pilots around the same time, so in this post I'm going to give some brief thoughts on the second show I watched - Alpha House staring John Goodman.

It was a good few months ago now that I actually watched the show, so I'll keep this post brief with mainly the bullet points about what I liked or didn't like about the show - essentially the information I sent to Amazon after watching it.

Alpha House is about four senators living together in a rented house in Washington DC.  Although it doesn't sound like a good idea for a show, I can tell you its pretty well executed and shows a lot of promise actually.  I'm not 100 percent sure yet if this show is "for me" but given a few episodes it could well be, but of course it would take for the show to be green lit for that to happen.

I did laugh during the show and generally speaking I thought the casting of the actors was brilliant and the overall quality seemed high.  There was also a brilliant cameo from a well known comedy actor who I will not name here as I don't really want to spoil it, even though it's basically the opening scene.  I kind of wish he was in it more.  Maybe if the show gets picked up they could write him into it with a sort of weekly "visit" so-to-speak.

Anyway, here's what I sent to Amazon in my feedback about the show: -

What do I like about the show?

  • Strong cast of actors
  • Excellent production values, the quality of the show is clearly visible on screen
  • Excellent writing and dialogue
  • Good concept for a show - at least for 1 or 2 seasons, but I'm not sure how it would continue beyond the elections?
  • Intelligent and funny
  • The 20-30 minute running time is ideal

What do I like least about the show?

  • Couple of slow points for a show with a short running time
  • Needs more <actor's name removed to avoid the spoiler of the cameo roll> - If he's in it as a regular character this show could be a winner

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About the Author: Chris Russell has a passion for movies, films and cool TV shows and loves to share that passion here on Movie Retrospect where readers can join the discussion in the comments below or directly to Chris though his profile. If you enjoyed this post, please follow @MovieRetrospect on Twitter.