'Whiskey Cavalier' Season 1 review: A fun one-time watch but the plot ain't fiery enough
The dark humor in the show is definitely appreciated (good job Disney for putting on big-boy pants), while still managing to be charming.
We're just four days away from the premiere of 'Whiskey Cavalier', and after having watched the advanced viewing of the show, we're left with mixed emotions.
'Whiskey Cavalier' gets its name from FBI super-agent, Will Chase aka Whiskey Cavalier (Scott Foley), and even his name seems like a play on words in the spy genre (Will Chase no matter what). The story revolves around this heartbroken detective, along with the shoot-before-you-speak, C.I.A. agent Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge aka Fiery Tribune (Lauren Cohan). The duo is forced into a reluctant partnership as part of an interagency black-ops task force designed to track down the some of the most wanted criminals of the world.
ABC has referred to this series time and again as "fun", and while there is no doubt that 'Whiskey Cavalier' is definitely fun, this buddy-cop style of series has been tried and tested time and again, with the only difference being that this series is very light-hearted, while at the same time highly violent. The dark humor in the show is definitely appreciated (good job Disney for putting on big-boy pants), while still managing to be charming.
Will Chase is the big-softie and Frankie is as her moniker suggests, is fiery, and ABC really tried their best to play them off as polar opposites. While they may have gotten their chemistry almost right, the couple does come off as a bit awkward. Granted, the two super agents don't want to work together, and while it's hilarious to see Frankie beat the snot out of Chase, those moments are but the funniest on the show.
The saving grace of this show is Edgar Standish (Tyler William James), a smart-mouthed, rogue NSA analyst who hacked the State Department’s mainframe and got enough super-secret information that can get him bought off, imprisoned or killed by a dozen governments. While our detective exchange snide retorts with each other that just screams "sexual tension", their humor feels like it's a bit forced, while not really making an impact through their punchlines.
Standish, on the other hand, shows a wonderful balance of humor and bravery, and it may just be due to James' comedic background, but his act seems more natural, and James really pulls the show together in his partial-protagonist role.
While 'Whiskey Cavalier' is most definitely a "fun" show, it is filled to the brim with old-timer cliches and is carried along with a horribly obvious plot. In the very first sequence, we see Will Chase bawling his eyes out over his lost love, only to wipe away his tears and be sent on a mission to stop a rogue Centers for Disease Control employee from wiping out half of Europe with a vial of weaponized Ebola. We see the usual, "saved by the bulletproof vest" in this scene after Chase just manages to catch the vial flying through the air, another overdone cliche in Hollywood.
The only real highlight of the show, is the exploding tampon which Frankie uses to save herself, Chase and Standish from a murderous perpetrator, and that too, felt a little bit out there.
'Whiskey Cavalier' is one of those shows which does have a lot of fun elements to it, and is entertaining to watch as long as you don't get too invested in the show in what I'd like to call "dead watching" (where you watch a series because nothing else is on, and decide to stick with it).
The pilot was fun to watch once and we hope that the remainder of the series won't be a one-time watch as well.
'Whiskey Cavalier' is slated to premiere on 27 February only on ABC.