Tuesday, January 08, 2013

NBC's "Deception": the concept is underwhelming


Not every new television series demonstrates what literary agents call “conceptualization”.  NBC’s new winter series “Deception” may be one of those – something more like a situational gimmick than anything that we can “learn” from.  Oh, well, “that’s entertainment”.  And, oh yes,  “Deception” is the opposite of “Inception” – something I learned a lot from (as a movie) in 2010.

The series, created by Liz Heldens, with the Pilot Monday night (January 8, 2013) directed by Peter Horton, supposes that young black woman  Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good) has grown up as a domestic’s daughter in a wealthy household “back East” around New York City.  She’s left home, and made it good as an aggressive uniformed police officer in San Francisco.  When the family heiress dies (seemingly with a drug overdose involved) she is invited (by FBI agent Will Moreno, played by Laz Alonso, suspecting foul play) to go back and work undercover.  She finds herself in the thick of things when she attends the funeral.

There’s an interesting scene when she finds a “peeping Tom” hiding in a tree, and chases him and catches him, not letting him escape from the property down a ravine. 

It’s a bit of a stretch, in my mind, that someone could go back to a childhood home and work undercover and not be recognized. 

I’m not sure that the viewer will care much about “who did it”, any more than they would in a game of Clue (maybe even played on a “Family Home Evening”).


NBC’s official site is here.   

NBC is said to be holding back on the resumption of “Revolution” because of the public’s perception of militia violence after the events in Connecticut.


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