With the infiltration of “Reality” TV and just the overall dumbing down of TV in general, I haven’t been fond of the idiot box in a long time. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire have me hooked, and now Starz new original series, Boss, has been added to the list.
If you’re expecting the goofy and somewhat awkward, Frasier Crane, please believe he is no where found in this series. I was initially hesitant about watching it because we are just not use to Grammer being anyone BUT Frasier. But I’m glad I gave it a chance. Boss centers on the mayor of Chicago, Tom Kane (Grammer), through the daily, typical, somewhat corrupt life, of political power. The very first episode is filled with corruption, the disregard of ancient Native American burial sites behind a real life obsession to expand O’hare Airport, his broken marriage, broken healthcare, drugs, political puppetry and oh yeah… Kane is terminally ill. He is suffering from a disease that’s similar to Parkinson’s and has 3-4 years to live.
I was a little sketchy about this degenerative disease, believing it may not even be necessary for the plot. But Tom Kane, who has been in power for 20 years, has this disease that he has no power over. You quickly see that it’s not gaining power that controls him, it’s the loss of it that fears him most. He has to keep this secret from his family and political enemies.
Overall, Boss still has an edge and somewhat of a Shakespearean quality that I’m surprisingly attracted to. Before it’s debut on October 21st, they were already given a 2nd season by Starz. Episode 2 was even better than the first one and I’m looking forward to the next one this Friday at 10 pm.