Well, as someone who lived for over 20 years in New Orleans until Katrina took my home and who's wife lived there her entire life until Katrina, K-Ville was a must see.
I'll definitely give it a few more episodes. Mixed feelings, but mostly positive....
- Filmed entirely on location in and around New Orleans. I recognized every location. (Well, almost. See below.)
- They got the accent and lexicon of New Orleans almost perfectly. This is the only TV show or movie set in New Orleans that ever did, AFAIK. John Carrol Lynch missed the mark on the accent a bit, but he was clearly trying. He'll probably get better with more practice.
- I was picking up on the clues that Cobb was really from New Orleans from the very beginning. Knowing what a "neutral ground" was (a median), knowing his way around. Knowing a super-minor street's location. (My wife, a New Orleans Taxi dispatcher for almost 20 years picked up that street, and the fact that he got it exactly right. I thought the street was fictitious.) But only someone from/familiar with New Orleans might have picked this up. Well done.
- Boulet's PTSD was well depicted.
- Good mystery. Not too obvious. Nice action.
- Acting was a little stiff. Chemistry between Boulet and Cobb (as well as the other cops and the chief) was a little forced. Maybe that will get better with time.
- The "exploitation of the Katrina victims" theme was fine for the pilot, but I hope they don't overdo it in future episodes. That would cause a shark jump.
- Cobb's ability to "erase" his criminal past stretched "suspension of disbelief" too far. In the real world, all digital criminal records in New Orleans were well backed up and 100% restored (I have this on very good authority). In fact, very few boxes of physical crime evidence were lost. Many had to be cleaned and dried, but they weren't totally lost.
Other things, being from New Orleans that I noticed included little continuity problems that are enevitable. The opening chase, for instance, went from the French quarter, then jumped to some footage shot on the west bank, then jumped to the Casino in the CBD. An impossible sequence. But this is typical of chases shot on location.
The street where Boulet lived looked like a real street and not a set or a movie lot build, but I'm not sure. If it was on a lot, it was convincing. My wife and I are trying to decide if it was really shot in the upper-9 or in mid-city. It could be either (or a damn good outdoor set). The architecture of the houses (Boulet's and the ones still in ruins) had numerous touches that are sort of unique to New Orleans. If it was a set, they did their homework very
"Riverfront Casino" is ficticious, of course, but it looks like they used the real casino, "Harrah's New Orleans", as a location.
The casino owner's house was one of the river road antebellum plantation houses.
In summary. I thought it was an above average "cop show". That might keep it going for a season or more.
Even though I and other New Orleanians are in the thick of the Katrina realities that still exist, I hope they downplay the "Katrina" aspect since the rest of the country is tired of hearing about Katrina, and if they overplay that aspect, it will kill the show,