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'The Catch - The Complete First Season'
Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Sonya Walger, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / ABC Studios)

Overview: Television's sexiest cat and mouse game blends the wages of sin with the art of seduction for utterly intoxicating entertainment. From Shondaland, the producers behind SCANDAL and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, comes 'THE CATCH: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON'.

DVD Verdict: In truth, I was extremely interested in watching this series when I saw the trailer a couple of months ago. It reminded me a bit of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' with the amazing attraction between the lead investigator and the sexy con artist. I had even persuaded friends to give it a try.

So when it finally came out last month, I can't say enough how disappointed I was when I began watching. There seemed to be change to the original trailer. So I went back and found that the original trailer I had seen was missing and another had replaced it. The original male lead had been replaced by Peter Krause and his female cohort was replaced by Sonya Walger. It seemed they have even changed the plot of the pilot.

As I continued watching the first two episodes, I've found the feel of the show had been compromised in my opinion. To me, the chemistry between Enos and Krause just isn't quite the same as it was in that first trailer with Damon Dayoub. I love Mireille Enos and the rest of the cast. They are superb. But the show seems different than what it came across as originally and I almost feel like this was false advertising.

As for the show itself, well, 'The Catch' is a decent show from producer Shonda Rimes, who has been responsible for many shows over the years as either a producer or writer. 'The Catch' is her latest effort, filled with glamour and glitz, and, as mentioned, starring Peter Krause and Mireille Enos. Krause is Benjamin Jones, a high-class con man who seduces, becomes engaged to, and then cons Alice Vaughn, part of a high-tech security firm, leaving her high and dry.

A cat and mouse game ensues, with Alice on his trail, except that she is still in love with Benjamin and he with her. At first she sincerely tries to catch him. Now she has another agenda. And he's still working with his partner (Sonya Walger).

This show has a couple of issues, the first one being, for an investigative agency with all this equipment, these people are pretty dumb. I mean, Alice's house and phone were bugged by a Fed, Agent Dao (Jacky Ido) and she didn't even know it.

The second problem I have is with Peter Krause, whom I like very much and loved on "Six Feet Under." He certainly looks elegant and sophisticated. However, this show has an unrealistic sheen to it - the offices, the good-looking, beautifully dressed people, so I think Benjamin should be unrealistic too -- someone like Ioan Grufford, Jon Hamm, Joe Mangello, that ilk. I say make him WAY too good to be true.

The third problem I have is that the show is just not that exciting enough. If the pace picks up, I might like it better. As it is, it's okay, it looks great, the acting is good, it has the sex scenes Shonda Rhimes is so good at - a few more sparks might be good. I actually thought it had already been cancelled, but it hasn't - and even has the wonderful Gina Tores making an appearance in the second season. So, stay tuned as things can only get better (as Howard Jones once sang). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of both Bloopers and Deleted Scenes.

www.abc.go.com/shows/the-catch

Official 'The Catch' Trailer





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