Wednesday, June 18, 2008

This Call Girl Sucks...And Kind Of Blows

Did you catch the premiere of Showtime's sexy new series Secret Diary of a Call Girl?

The show is based on a book based on a blog by Belle de Jour, one of the classiest working girls in London. Belle's real identity has never been revealed leading many to believe the whole thing is a work of fiction. Regardless of its origins, Call Girl has generated some serious buzz for Showtime and saw great numbers for its debut Monday night. Though is not surprising since it followed the 4th season opener of Weeds, aka the most watched episode of a Showtime show ever. EVER.

I digress.

I watched Call Girl and found a few tiny flaws. Maybe flaw isn't the right word...little annoyances. Here's the short list:

  • Our protagonist, Hannah/Belle De Jour, breaks the 4th wall and speaks to the audience. I know it's supposed to be diary, but it doesn't have to be a vlog.
  • The show takes place in London and while I'm no xenophobe, it does get hard to sift through the accents, even for just a 22 minute stretch.
  • So far, I don't have a lot of empathy for Hannah/Belle. We need to know a little bit more about her motivations, what makes her tick, what she wants eventually etc. We got a taste of that in the pilot but not really enough to make me want to root for her. If writers can make me love a vicious serial killer like Dexter, they can certainly do that here.
  • And the sex scenes weren't that hot. Considering the show I thought they could do better.
I watched the second episode on Showtime's website and it gets better but I'm not convinced yet. You can see both episodes for yourself. Let me know if I'm just not giving it the old college try.

Photo: The Guardian


moyameehaa said...

uve got it all noted here. exactly what i thought after watching 3 eps of it. not good.and guess what..i watched it while i was in the middle of dexter's season two.maybe this made me hate it more.

what is this exactly? ive heard that the belle in the book is not portrayed in the series..not as she should be. and we aint sure about the blog either. so this cant be interesting because it is real.

it does not have any storyline.not where i am. so what is this exactly? not porn.maybe that is why it gets the high view counts.but like you said they are not good either.the british accent i can take care of. but the lack of humour or anything interesting.. i cant.

you are right.this show just sucks.just like belle do to her clients. no, maybe not like that. it just sucks. not good. must be the kids watchin it.