Friday, June 3, 2011

Review - Love Bites Season 1 Episode 1 Firsts (Pilot)

There are two things about Love Bites that are notable. (1) After major cast and producer turnover, NBC kept pushing the premiere date further and further back until today. (2) It's probably the fifth new comedy this season exclusively focusing on relationships. If there's one thing to take from the two points, it's that Love Bites won't last. NBC surely doesn't care what happens to it, and audiences haven't been receptive to these types of comedies, as they were all canceled (though, to be fair, most shows got canceled).

Even during a normal year in the normal television season, Love Bites probably wouldn't have survived anyway. The pilot features three separate stories and in an hour, they are bite-sized as the show's title suggests. Each story has largely the same patter: guy and girl, friends on the side; there is some deception, but a happy ending for everyone. Basically the plots jump from problem to solution instantly with zero development. There are some funny moments, some groan-worthy moments, but the main failing of the show is that it's kind of pointless. We're watching these characters do things, but we're hardly given a reason to care about them, especially with such generic plots.

Score: 7.4/10
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