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RESCUE ME “Ashes” Review

RESCUE ME  "Ashes" Season 7 Episode  9 – Seven days before the ten year anniversary which inspired the show in the first place, Rescue Me  goes out on a fine  episode, unrecognisable from the brilliance of its raw beginnings. When it first started back in 2004, September 11th was a raw nerve, an event which haunted the nation on a daily basis, and a show reflecting the lives of these firemen came about at a gutsy time. It delved into the dire lives of these men, many of whom were survivors in an event where their brothers were killed and Tommy Gavin was a dark hole of a character, haunted by ghosts of guilt and booze and family troubles. It was a great show. Read More... //

Finale Review: Rescue Me

Few things are more satisfying than watching a great episode of TV with an appreciative audience. Such was the case Wednesday night when FX screened the Rescue Me finale (my second viewing, but my first on the big screen) at New York's grand Ziegfeld Theater, a benefit for Denis Leary's Firefighters Foundation. Fittingly, a number of NYFD's finest were in the crowd, laughing at all the right places and cheering at many others (and maintaining a respectful silence when things got serious, which never lasted for very long). It was a triumphant end to one of cable's most distinctive (if sometimes maddening) series, a well-timed tribute to ... //

'Rescue Me' Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying

Rescue Me  ended its seven-season run Wednesday with -- SPOILER ALERT -- one death and an un-retirement. In the episode, titled "Ashes,"  Denis Leary's  Tommy Gavin decides he's not cut out to be Mr. Mom and decides to go back to firefighting. Meanwhile, Lt. Kenneth "Lou" Shea ( John Scurti ) meets his untimely death.   Read More.... //

'Rescue Me' - 'Ashes': Crawling from the wreckage

"Rescue Me"  aired its series finale tonight. I offered a  review of the series as a whole  yesterday, and I have a few specific thoughts about the finale coming up just as soon as I get some red velvet cake mix...  "I know who you are, and I know what you are. You need two things to survive: sex, and fire. One's no good without the other." -Sheila I liked the start of "Ashes" quite a bit, with John Scurti getting an effective curtain call as Lou eulogized his fallen comrades in Tommy's dream. And I liked the end, too, with a reprise of Tommy's speech to the new probie class from the pilot, this time with Tommy having made enough peace with his demons that when Lou's ghost visits him afterwards, it's not a bit of torment, but a nice reminder of his good good friend.  Read More... //

Rescue Me Series Finale Review: Gone But Never Forgotten

After seven years and 93 episodes, the firefighter doors of the fantastic television show, Rescue Me , have fittingly closed - mere days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It was a drama that focused on aftermath of such a tragic event and the ways in which its characters struggled to overcome obstacles and simply live out some form of a normalcy. Love, sex, life, and death were key themes that surrounded the crew of Truck 62, and, even at the end, " Ashes " managed to uphold the show's particular style and pace in effortlessly blending drama and comedy. Read More... //

Review: FX's 'Rescue Me' says goodbye in typically uneven fashion

Last week's  "Rescue Me,"  the penultimate episode of the FX firefighting drama, spent most of its running time on the wedding of Tommy Gavin's eldest daughter Colleen to his colleague Black Shawn. It was a long sequence, alternately funny and unbearable. Then the episode segued rather abruptly into one of its hairiest, most riveting fire sequences ever, as Tommy and the rest of the guys on 62 Truck became trapped in an arson fire after turning away from a waiting escape ladder to try to rescue a few more civilians. Their only exit blocked, best friends Tommy and Lou faced each other, unsure of what to do next...  ...and then the building blew up.  The episode was, in other words, seven seasons of "Rescue Me" in a nutshell: at times hilarious, at times obnoxious, and then so riveting that you will almost forgive it every one of its past sins.  Almost.  "Rescue Me" debuted in July of 2004, nearly three years after 343 members of the FDNY died while helping evacuate the World Trade Center on 9/11. Other TV series would make 9/11 an occasional subject, or a clear theme ("24," "Battlestar Galactica"), but no drama was as bluntly, consistently about that horrible day in the way that "Rescue Me" was. Denis Leary's Tommy had been at the Twin Towers that morning, had lost his cousin Jimmy in the collapse, and had in turn let his own life fall down around him. He drank too much, fought too much with his wife Janet, took too many risks on the job, and saw ghosts - Jimmy, other 9/11 firefighters, people he'd failed to save - everywhere he turned. Read More... //

RESCUE ME “Vow” Review

RESCUE ME  "Vows" Season 7 Episode  8 – Do you remember the first time  you saw Usual Suspects ? If, like me, you watched it on the recommendation from friends that it was an amazing movies , one of the best films they’d ever seen, then about ten minutes before the end you were probably questioning the illegality of lobotomies. But then the film flipped a complete 180 in the closing few minutes in one of the ultimate plot twists in film history. This episode reminded me of Usual Suspects. The focus of the first  three quarters was on the wedding . It tried to shoehorn a lot of stuff into the ceremony  which was frustrating: renewing Tommy and Janet’s vows; Sheila’s drunken monologue, which, frankly, just felt like an excuse to give Callie Thorne something to do; Tommy walking Colleen down the aisle. There was something so annoying about Colleen’s insistence that her father could not walk her down the aisle. I mean, yeah, Tommy’s a douche, but he’s still her dad and it was such a dickish move on her part to refuse to let him do what amounts to, I think, a really big moment in a dad’s life, especially when he was standing there, sober as a judge. Denis Leary was good as ever, but I just wish the relationship with his daughters (Colleen and the nameless one, the one whose personality is defined by her mother’s moods and therefore generally set to ‘shrill’) had been fleshed out more. Read More... //

Rescue Me Review: A Wedding To Remember

What happens when you mix an ex priest, flowing amounts of alcohol, some inappropriate jokes about Mexicans, a drunken former lover, and a firefighting father trying (and failing) to avoid a scene? A Gavin wedding, of course! Where so many other television shows tend to romanticize the wedding, " Vows " found a fresh and highly entertaining way to experience a bride and groom coming together. In fact, longing gazes and background pop songs were nowhere to be found. It was all about awkward moments and the many possible ways a wedding can go anything but smoothly. Read More... //

RESCUE ME “Jeter” Review

RESCUE ME  "Jeter" Season 7 Episode 7 – Another episode, another week closer to the series  finale of Rescue Me , and it’s been a relatively rough final season, with moments of true brilliance like last week’s episode, which, for emotional punch, I’m put against the best of a lot of quality shows out there. This week the show teetered yet again as Lou reads the letter  Tommy gave him, for real this time, and is emotionally inspired to spread the love, literally, by giving Tommy’s death letter to his family, who are, as usual, pissed at him. Why are they pissed at him? Oh, a myriad of reasons too stupid and contrived to really get into. This week they seem to be steamed about the fact that he read Sheila’s death letter from Jimmy, and this leads them to believe that he’s a volatile drunk in waiting, ready to go out and get polluted at any given moment, which leads Colleen to ban him from her wedding, or at least walking her down the isle. Read More... //

RESCUE ME “344? Review

RESCUE ME  "344" Season 7 Episode 6 – That  Rescue Me  can go from post sex flatulence to insanely deep emotional 9/11 torturous breakdowns and monologues in a flash  is indicative of the show’s strengths. And, sometimes, its problems. The sudden changing of tone causes an imbalance that sometimes brings the whole show off its rocker, but you can never accuse the show of not taking risks. I guess what I’m trying to say is that the show sometimes does not work because it can’t quite decide on a tone, while other  times it is gobsmacking just how fantastic the show is. This episode was one of those gobsmackingly fantastic episodes filled with little moments which I really just want to rewatch again and again. It was a dark, poignant episode: the FDNY are called  to a gas leak and while they spend their time joking and ragging on Sean and his girlfriend up until they break into the house  and find a father and his two kids dead on a couch. It’s a sudden moment, and the long silence afterwards is pregnant with melancholy and really touching . It’s bookended by Sean’s fartress, and while the gas mask gag fell flat on its face, it was kind of weirdly nice. Plus, the scene afterwards when Tommy returns home where all of his family are sleeping and he numbly checks to make sure they’re alive. Read More... //