Episode Title: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
Original Airdate: September 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Synopsis: Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza (Jimmy Smits) is the deciding factor on a case against a convicted cop killer. Instead of convicting him to death, he votes for a new trial then resigns from his seat on the Supreme Court, believing the legal system has failed America.
Review: If this is the strongest the writers have for this series, it will be gone within weeks. Everything about this series seems tired and done before. The characters are all cliches (especially those played by Carly Pope and Jesse Bradford), and while the plot seems fresh enough, the writers have screwed that as well. We have no reason to like Garza – he is a playboy who gambles and sleeps with everyone – and we are supposed to like him?
The case at least is decent enough, barely. Garza and his team find that there is little evidence to really prove that the convicted did commit the murder and prove so in open court. Everything seemed to be going alright, except every little plot detail was VERY predictable. Garza’s key witness ‘suddenly leaves on vacation’, the judge doesn’t want to waste any more time with a trial…all things we saw on Law & Order, L.A. Law, and every other NBC legal drama since the beginning of time.
While I was concerned that NBC was throwing this show to the ‘Friday Night Death Slot’ without merit, after watching this episode, I can see why they chose so. Outlaw has no chance against CBS’s Blue Bloods, and it will be interesting to see how long this show lasts.
The only thing that helps Outlaw for this episode is that it followed the America’s Got Talent season finale, so the numbers should be decent for this episode. But, again, that probably won’t last for long. I was very excited for this show and I was sorely disappointed with too much predictability, bland characters, and a weak plot.
Final Grade – 5.5/10