Saturday, March 8, 2008

"New Amsterdam": A Fertile "Highlander" without Swords

The above blog title pretty much sums up the new (to be ironically short-lived?) FOX series New Amsterdam. The main character John Amsterdam is Dutch, currently a New York City homicide detective, formerly a lawyer, formerly a furniture maker, etc. So it's essentially Highlander without the swordplay, although being stabbed by a sword figures into the back story.

Here's the pilot episode:

In the second episode, we find out that unlike the sterile immortals of the Highlander films/TV series/etc., John Amsterdam can have children - and he actively spends time with them as they age. Here's the second episode, entitled "Golden Boy":

The present-time story lines serve to tangentially set off the back story flashbacks, but the connections aren't as effective as The Show about Everything (ABC's Lost). The crime-of-the-week story lines are a bit recycled from better cop shows, so the show is essentially built on the flashbacks and main story arc (which is told mainly through the flashbacks). Having elf-length life is an intriguing concept in much the same field as the myriad ways of time travel, so I'll try to catch the next episode on Hulu.

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1 comment:

  1. I just found your article and found it quite interesting. I watched the first 2 episodes of New Amsterdam and enjoyed them. However, they did not create as much excitement for me as the "Highlander" or "The Man From Earth" movies.

    Now, a story about a real immortal would create more excitment.

    If you are serious about this subject of immortality, then you will be quite interested in my research and findings on this very topic.

    I have summarized what I have found on my main blog:

    Check out the post “Summary of the Facts” when you get a chance and then my follow up book “Secrets of an Immortal - An Eyewitness Account of 2,800 Years of History”.


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