What is it about Cane that I like, can someone explain it to me, but I can't figure it out. Partly it's Nestor Carbonell, it's more Jimmy Smits, but a lot of my reasons are wholly unknown. Look at last night's episode. They started off with the most hackneyed, over-used addicted to gambling clichés ever, even poor Frank's (Carbonell) Ferrari was taken from him. Threats were made. Soon there was even talk that it was quite possible for Frank to wind up with some broken bones.
I wonder when such things appear on television if writers have a catalog of recycled scripts and plots that they're allowed to use without paying royalties. You know, like one can buy canned music to use on TV, radio, film, web, etc., without paying any royalty fees. It seems to me there ought to be a set of scripts writers can buy for just such an occasion. That way they can talk in the writers' room, decide that this week they need a script on gambling, or alcoholism, or a will-they-or-won't-they relationship, or a mysterious and hidden past, go to the stock script book and grab a few pages. Why bother reinventing the wheel every time.
Wow, did that get far a field and I didn't mean for it to. I like the show, sure, that plot wasn't good, but Samuels serving up his daughter to the FBI on a shady Cuban land deal that he almost certainly orchestrated was great. That's the kind of backstabbing you don't see everyday. There is always the possibility that the show will step away from this, that Samuels and his daughter orchestrated the whole thing in advance and that she knew all along that he was going to turn her in. In fact, the more I think about it, the more likely that is. Such a tactic will push Ellis (the daughter) right into the bosom of the Duque family, and allow her to attack her enemy from the inside. It's a great strategy, except for the fact that it may just leave Ellis in jail for a number of years.