This post brought to you by Untitled Jersey City Project. All opinions are 100% mine.
Although there are already dozens of dramas and cop shows and whodunnits on TV, you have to admit that they have gotten kinda stale. If you have half a brain, you know what’s going to happen next. And even the twists are predictable. This must be because TV bosses greatly underestimate the intelligence of the average TV viewer. But where there is lack, there is potential for a new market.
Fortunately for us couch potatoes, the lack in this area has been acknowledged. And remedied in the form of Untitled Jersey City Project. The show that airs on FX is a breath of fresh air for anyone who has ever bemoaned steady decline of creativity on TV and the fetid fare that is constantly spewed out by jaded writers.
The story is set not in Jersey City but in a fictional new city of tall office building with glass towers that is being built on its outskirts. Everyone in this new city is looking for money, power, fame or all three. They have a lot to lose and they are willing to die trying to make it. The plot, or what has been revealed of it so far, centers around the death of architect Ray Rahne. Did he commit suicide? Was he pushed off the 39th floor of his new stadium project? Or was it just an accident? His partner, Frank, tries to solve the mystery, but he may end up serving the same fate as Ray. Take a look at the trailer below.
Can you pick up on any other clues about the story?
So what’s so great about Untitled City Jersey Project? For one, it is a whole new concept of entertainment. The sequence of events in the show does not follow a straight time-line. The show’s concept is being called a work in progress. In essence, each of the show’s eight episodes will feature a few scenes of the whole story, seemingly picked at random and presented in no particular order. Maddening? Sure. But delicious too because now you can really put those gray cells to work trying to figure out what’s going on. Every week brings you a few more pieces of the puzzle and you can put it up on the white board in your head to desperately seek answers. Is this something you would enjoy doing? Or do you prefer for the story to be laid out neatly before you?
Untitled Jersey City Project creates a new concept genre for entertainment TV, which, if it’s successful, will soon be emulated by other networks. It still remains to be seen though whether the show will bring in the much-needed viewer ratings and whether TV audiences are willing to be challenged. I for one am looking forward to the show. Although the concept is unique enough to pique my interest, the show could bomb dramatically if it has not been executed right. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping this is the answer to my prayers for some fresh entertainment. Do you think this kind of concept will work? Would you spend your leisure time watching a show where you have to do all the work.
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