Note: This was formerly published on the now-defunct Talkbacker.com. It may be edited slightly.
Sometimes TV shows appear that are ahead of their time. The public somehow doesn’t know about it or doesn’t connect with it, because the build up is too slow. If the public doesn’t know about it that’s mostly the fault of the broadcaster not promoting it enough, I think. It happens a lot. Some people in the TV industry get paid a lot of money for doing absolutely nothing. You need to promote the shit out of a show in order to get some momentum behind it. As for this TV show… I don’t know why it it didn’t continue, but Fox is to blame. It only got 13 episodes and that is simply a crime. Without any further ado, here’s Keen Eddie (2003), something that is totally worth watching.
So who is in it?
So what’s cool about Mark Valley? If you ask me, everything. I think this guy has a certain charisma that many actors don’t have. I never understood why he wasn’t sought after for bigger movies. What’s cool about Sienna Miller? Well, I don’t like that she is a home-wrecker, but I found her Baroness in G.I. Joe quite interesting. She made the Baroness look good.
So what is the show about?
US cop Eddie Arlette screws up a case big time in the United States. As a thank you he gets reassigned to London to work with the cops there. Before he came to London he paid rent for an apartment to an old woman, and when he arrives someone is already living there. It’s Fiona, the daughter of the old woman. She is supposed to be in college and not in that apartment. Fiona wants to get rid of him, but Eddie paid his money and he isn’t going anywhere. Eddie is also not popular with the British cops because his American ways cause friction. However, he does his job well somehow.
So what is cool about this show?
The show is full of subtle humor. The chemistry between Eddie and Fiona is awesome. Here you have the US guy and the British woman with her really English accent trying to discourage Eddie in all kinds of ways to leave the house. There is a lot of bickering that I find really funny. The police cases are also very comical most of the time. Lots of quirky characters appear throughout the show. One particular thing that needs to be mentioned is this running gag with a secretary in the police station. Whenever Eddie sees her, he hears sexual remarks she never says.
Why should you watch this show if you get the chance?
If there is a show with this kind of humor, please point me to it. I don’t remember ever seeing a show with this kind of humor. I don’t often pay attention to acting skills, but Mark Valley delivers here. If you ask me, he knows comedy. Sienna Miller also plays a great and kind of bitchy role. Oh, and she is not bad to look at either. Hey, I am a guy, so sue me!
There is one thing I don’t like about the DVD release: They replaced the original soundtrack with crap music, but the original soundtrack episodes are hanging around in better places. I really hate it that when DVDs sometimes get released and the original soundtrack isn’t there anymore. That is no way to honor a great TV show.