Pilots only have a couple of jobs to do, and when they're not done or done poorly, a new series can lose its audience quickly.
In the case of the new Spectrum Originals series L.A.'s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union
and Jessica Alba
, the pilot was barely functional.
Because I wanted to get some notes down, I stuck around until the bitter end despite my better judgment, and that's just when things got interesting. So, there is a plus side.
Union and Alba starring together in an offshoot of Bad Boys II
sounds, at first, like a no-brainer. But the pilot doesn't establish them as partners nearly as well as it should have.
Oh sure, Syd and Nancy have the names that make them an immediate pair, but the dialogue between them is almost too witty. Their jabs and barbs don't sound natural, and it's not altogether easy to believe them as partners.