13 Things We Loved and Hated About the Series Premiere of 'Hellcats'
Welcome to the first installment of Hammervision Does All the New TV Shows. On the docket tonight is Hellcats, which is pretty much Glee-goes-to-college plus cheerleaders and minus Jane Lynch and Mr. Schu's rapping.
Things We Loved:
- The lead, Alyson Michalka, brings the right notes of Jo Polniaczek sarcasm and tom-boyishness to her performance.
- DB Woodside! I welcome any and all Presidents Palmer into any TV show at any time.
- Some clever one liners. I liked the bit about not trusting any society that builds pyramids.
- Producer Tom Welling! You've come a long way, Clark Kent.
- The Tiz is not a total bitch. The total bitch stock character part went to the girl who plays "Alice" instead.
- Coed locker rooms! In college! So much opportunity for debauchery!
Things We Hated:
- Lancer University is just a dumb name for a college.
- Gail O'Grady looks...overdone.
- Instead of just using a star wipe to cut between scenes, Hellcats uses a cheer wipe. That's a whole new level of cheese.
- Marti's mysterious ability to dance and tumble (and B-girl) like she's Justin Timberlake/Legacy/Kerri Strug. They kind of addressed the gymnastics thing, but seriously? She's not even rusty. And the coach's being drawn to her clumsy lack of ability to follow simple choreography? Totally unbelievable. Nigel Lythgoe would've sent her to choreography with Nap/Tab and then told her that she needs to take some classes to learn her craft before she can progress to the next level.
- The blatant rip-off of Glee's big "drama." The Man (in this case played by the Chief from Battlestar Galactica) is threatening to stop funding for the performance-based club unless they can prove themselves in competition. Yawn! Boring. Seen it a million times. Seen it just last season, in fact.
- The line, "Save the cheerleaders; save the scholarship." Way to reference one of the biggest television failures of the past five years, Hellcats! Do you really want to put yourself in Heroes company this early in the season?
- The biking montages. There were three of them. In the first twenty minutes.
The Rundown: I'm going to give this show another chance, just to see if it can manage a coherent storyline and consistent characters (unlike Glee). There is some promise here, even if there is no real stand out character a la Sue Sylvester. (Sorry for all the Glee references. They just can't be avoided. This show was obviously greenlit to capitalize on all the Gleek fever.)
Final Verdict: DVR and watch it on a lazy Saturday afternoon when you're trying to avoid all the college football and real life cheerleaders.