Since its remarkable feat with the Walking Dead, AMC has revitalized the way we view television. Much of their shows have become representatives for the highest standard of what you can expect from a television series. Their success, from shows like the Walking Dead or Breaking Bad, have even amassed a strong following to a point where they rivals the more popularly funded networks like HBO. Now even with this success, there will always be shows that will gain mixed reviews. Here, I bring you Feed the Beast.
The AMC original, Feed the Beast, introduces an odd couple friendship trying to rebuild their broken lives together by rebooting a high-end class Greek restaurant. Tommy Moran, played by David Schwimmer, plays a former sommelier and functional alcoholic who is raising his ten-year old son after the tragic death of his wife, Rie. To help support him during his time of need, Dion Patras, played by Jim Sturgess, is a fresh out of prison in-debt convict and childhood friend of Tommy Moran. As much as it may seem like Dion is playing the supportive role to Tommy’s rehabilitation story, both characters are just simply two sides of the same coin. At the end of the day, they need each other in order to reach their goals for success. Together, and only together, they embark on their journey risking everything to bring their dusty pipe dream of opening an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx with the restaurant world, mob crimes, and corrupt officials weighing on their shoulders.
Now, with an entourage of characters and themes, it was definitely skeptical of what this series can bring. But, I personally enjoyed what I have seen so far. Many critics have already given their aggressive opinions about the series and have questioned why AMC would deal with such a show. As much as there are flaws and holes within the show, I have to say, there is a sense of entertainment and exhilaration watching these two knuckleheads get by each and every day. In fact, the overall franchise reminds me of the show Shameless. The style, the rough-and-toughness, and overall drama mirror that of the Gallagher and their dysfunctional family.
One of the more memorable factors of the show will always be the characters themselves. Dion Patras, played by the talented Jim Sturgess, truly captures the white knight with a mix of delinquency and mischievousness that we all know and love. His Brooklyn accent and quick on his toes thinking allows us as viewers to trust and enjoy his acting. While I can never really look pas David Schwimmer being anything but Ross from Friends, I do believe he does an excellent job with this role. The knowledge of pre-work for the role was clearly shown. But, as stated before, there are holes that both characters and writers can fix to truly capture the hearts of the fans.
I am excited to see what else this show can bring. Hopefully, their next few episodes can open the eyes of the non-believers.