2.05.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Joanna Locasto

This week's episode revealed to the outside world that Mia Bowers is Vivian's daughter.  There was a huge social media storm and a family meltdown at a white-saturated cotillion as the Bowers watched everything come crumbling down around them.  Now there's going to be a mad dash to cover and uncover who her father is.

OMG - who cares???

Ever notice how on show, when the leading character is white, the camera finds any excuse to stay on them 98% of the time, even when they're not really doing anything?  Make the lead POC and watch the very opposite happen.

Deception is a very good example of this; there are moments when Meagan Good shows up and I feel momentarily caught off guard, wondering where she came from.  I get that the premise is solving Vivian Bowers's murder, which involves getting up close and personal with her family, but this is officially overkill.  Um, like...if Joanna's mother was the "head of the household", how come we've seen her twice this whole season, with her screen time totaling about 10 - 15 seconds?  What is that about?

Tonight's episode was made tolerable by the reappearance of Ken Leung as the FBI boss Donald Cheng.  Love his portrayal.  He's tough, sarcastic, and looking awesome rocking the suits and the silver fox do.

Which is precisely what drives me crazy about the show.  There is so much potential and it is been wasted right before our eyes.  Meagan Good is an undercover cop? Boss.  Laz Alonzo as a Fed? Boss.  Ken Leung running an FBI office?  Flawless victory.

So why isn't this show better?  While watching Deception, I get the impression the writers and casting agents are trying to "compensate" for the presence of these three by giving them as little screen time as humanly possible and drowning us in members of the Bowers family, most of whom we (meaning me) can't stand and don't keep track of.  Julian is as dogly and lackluster as ever, Mia looks like Keira Knightley 2.0 (which sucks for her), and the two Mrs. Bowerses might as well not exist - they wouldn't at all detract from the show.

But don't just take my word for it....


By the way...Meagan in that green dress? Chocked full of win.

7 comments:

  1. I still have not watch this show even when I sent in the pilot. I knew when I saw the previews of this show last year that I wouldn't be watching it because it just didn't interest me.

    From the recaps I was right. *Sigh*

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  2. Why bother to focus on Meagan when she really isn't the true star of the show. I will concur with you about Ken Leung. Now he's been put in a role that suits him to a tee. Got another good point about Joanna's mom. She's a mysterious figure in this series. If she's supposed to be her mom, we should see so much of her.

    I just feel that the approach of Meagan's character is all fail. While you can put the pieces to the puzzle on some shows, with Deception, I just can't. Its like they're trying to not be predictable with the show without realizing that they are. When I was looking at those previews of the show, I was under the impression that, it was going to be a Scandal like series, but as you said before, it's beginning to remind me of something comes from a CW series and Im not a fan of CW.

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  3. I knew when I saw the previews of this show last year that I wouldn't be watching it because it just didn't interest me.

    Same.

    From the recaps I was right.

    Ditto.

    Meagan, baby, hope your check is hefty. And be looking for another gig, just saying.

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    1. I know, right? I hope she's getting paid.

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  4. ."Ever notice how on show, when the leading character is white, the camera finds any excuse to stay on them 98% of the time, even when they're not really doing anything? Make the lead POC and watch the very opposite happen."

    Wow. I thought it was just me who noticed that kinda crap going on. I swear my eyes are so bad because of straining to see the average 2.4 seconds of camera time they give POC actors in any given scene, lead or not.

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    1. Naw, boo...that shit is noticeable.

      My eyes hurt too, and sometimes I think I'm imagining things when I see a POC character for longer than 3 seconds.

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  5. Before I watch tomorrow's episode, I want to guess that Mia's father is either Haverstock, or someone in the Bowers family.

    Not that I care.

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