House of Lies “Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments” Review

Ah, there’s nothing like starting a show off with some nudity and a man’s cross-dressing son to get yourattention.

That’s how Showtime chose to introduce us to Don Cheadle’s Marty Kaan in "Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments." Then, as if they didn’t already have us hooked for the episode, they bring out the Zack Morris. Popularized by Mark-Paul Gosselaar on Saved by the Bell, the Zack Morris is the move where the lead character freezes everyone in the frame to explain something to the audience. Given that I am an unabashed Zack Morris fan, I can’t decide if I am excited or appalled by this tactic. I’ll probably decide in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, Cheadle is fantastic in this show. Frankly, I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a movie star making the transition to a half-hour comedy. He’s supposed to be fantastic. What I wasn’t quite prepared for was the enjoyable interplay between the four members of The Pod. Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, and Josh Lawson all do a nice job of playing off each other and Cheadle throughout the show. They are obviously setting up for the growth of the relationship between Marty and Jeannie. It’s unclear where they would go with it, but the relationship is worth exploring. Read More... 


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