Rescue Me: The Complete Sixth Season and the Final Season - 4 out of 5
Shows are difficult to both begin and end. Like Mitch Hedberg once said about starting a show (in his case, it was great--FANTASTIC--stand up comedy) you need to start the show strong and end strong. Mitch said you can't be like pancakes, all exciting at first then, by the end, you're fucking sick of them. (By the way, rest in peace, Mitch, you will remain one of the greats!) Rescue Me had a great premise: It followed the antics of a specific firehouse in Manhattan after the events of September 11th. Denis Leary stars as the vice-ridden Tommy Gavin as he tries to come to grips with his personal life, sexual life, working life and the fact he sees ghosts of those closest to him that he lost, both in the World Trade Center attacks and events that occurred to him over the course of seven seasons of the show.
|Rescue Me Drinking Game: Take a drink every time Janet blinks. Actually, scratch that...you'll have alcohol poisoning before she finishes her first sentence.|
|Sean and Mike...always funny.|
I was lukewarm to the show when it first started. I liked the premise and the characters that filled the firehouse Gavin practically lived in had promise. However, for me, the show didn't hit its stride until Season 2. At that point, the show went balls-out and hit the airwaves like a pack of rabid wolves, running and devouring all in its path of epic entertainment on a network that, in my opinion, is where it is at for television shows right now; FX. Tommy's struggles with alcohol and women along with the troubles of his partners on Ladder 62 including his best friend Lou, his bi-curious teammate Mike and his moronic (but hilarious) partner Sean, the overly egotistical vagina hound Franco and of course, Gavin's psychotic family including Uncle Teddy, his ex-wife; Janet, and, the woman I am mysteriously attracted to, his equally vice-engrossed sister; Maggie. Then, I can't forget, all the other insane women that come and go in Tommy's life that, justifiably, drive him to the drink--but if I mentioned all of them, I would be here all day.
|Adam Ferrara is great as Chief "Needles." He was a great addition to the show in Season 3.|
So, as the seasons past Rescue Me only seemed to get better and better and when the hit the cliff-hanger on the 2nd half of Season 5, it seemed it would only come to a close on a high note. Then I sat down and watched this set...
|"Boy, I'm an awful actor. Maybe something will|
happen to my character that makes him unable
|Natalie Distler can't even make drinking look convincing.|
|So, let me get this straight: The Gavin Youths get more screen time than Jerry Adler?!? He was in The Sopranos for crying out loud.|
|Mickey's opening moments in Season 6 were fantastic...probably the only good moments in that season.|
|Black Shawn is a hilarious character...too bad he had to deal with sharing scenes with the character of Colleen Gavin.|
|After the epic cliff-hanger from last season involving|
Uncle Teddy, I kinda expected his character to do more
these last two seasons.
|Lou...these two seasons needed more of you!|