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Sneaky Pete

Season 1 Review

Creator: David Shore, Bryan Cranston

Written by David Shore, Bryan Cranston, Graham Yost, et al

Directed by Seth Gordon, Michael Dinner, Bryan Cranston, Michael Pressman, et al

2015 - Amazon Video
Thriller/Crime Drama - Rated: TV-MA

Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland. Shane McRae. Peter Gerety. Margo Martindale. Bryan Cranston.

Eclectic Rating: stars

TV Show Review:

Sneaky Pete has been on my radar for some time. Every time I'd bring up Amazon Prime Video on my TV to do some cover surfing there was Giovanni Ribisi taunting me to watch. Eventually I did. I was intrigued because I dig his work. He's a great actor and has a unique personality that lends well to his characters.

I wasn't sure what to expect so I sat back and let it happen. That really is the best way to start a new film or TV series; just let it do it's thing. If you have expectations the only thing you can truly expect is to be disappointed. For example when I start watching some horror flick and assume, just because of some low star rating, that it's going to suck I usually end up thinking it sucked. Upon revisiting the movie I typically find that my initial assumption was correct. Never mind, that's a bad example. Back to Sneaky Pete....

Here are some words that come to mind when I think about how the first season played out: unique, unpredictable, outrageous, chilling, thrilling, exciting, dynamic, funny, sad, and thought-provoking. You know that old saying that goes something like, "No matter how bad you think you have it, there is someone who has it ten times worse..." Well, that's what Sneaky Pete made me feel sometimes.

It also made me want to go try and pickpocket somebody. JK. But, as a perpetual junior magician it did make me want to at least brush up on my slight of hand. There's this coin trick I know...

Someone has it worse. Not only are the characters surrounding Pete having pretty much the worst year of their lives, something is digging away inside of Pete. You can tell. While he goes through with his cons he also seems distracted and maybe feels guilty that he's cheating people. Or, maybe that's just part of his MO.

The sad thing is this stuff happens. Think about it. There are truly top notch, highly skilled men and women out there in the world pulling off some of the biggest cons you could think of. Trump is president for one. The sad fact is that people are easy to fool, and some people know exactly how to do it. Sneaky Pete demonstrates how that can be done, from the simplest little pickpocket or watch grab—yeah, simple, like I could do it!— to the most elaborate of con jobs you could imagine.

To snatch a line from Mr. Deeds, "Don't underestimate the sneakiness..."

The first season of Sneaky Pete is a fun, entertaining romp through conville, and they (writers, directors, actors) do a damn good job at balancing the sheer fun of watching a good pickpocket, distraction and sleight of hand—yeah I know it's "Hollywood"—they do a good job of making you like the bad guy, while also making you feel for the folks who are really being wronged. And, trust me, there is a lot more going on here than a few stolen wallets.

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Last Update: 27 May, 2019

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