I’m here to tell you that POKER FACE is another winning hand for Creator Rian Johnson and actor/producer Natasha Lyonne. After E1, Mike wrote, “With a stellar lead performance by Natasha Lyonne, a terrific supporting cast, a compelling script and direction from Johnson, and most importantly, one hell of a main character, POKER FACE is all Aces!” I second his strong sentiment, as POKER FACE is Peacock’s first “must-watch” original TV Series.
While the premiere episode, DEAD MAN’S HAND, is easily the best, E2-E4 are also solid and worthy of the audience’s viewing time.
E2: THE NIGHT SHIFT has a slew of product placement for Subway. Yet, like a “sandwich artist,” the use of the fast food chain actually serves the story a winning “dish.” On top of that, it has a fantastic supporting cast led by everyone’s favorite Pixar voice actor, John Ratzenberger.
E3: THE STALL is the funniest of the initial four episodes. Supporting actor Lil Rel Howery (INSECURE, TAG, FREE GUY) “chews” up every scene he is in playing Taffy. While Larry Brown as his brother George passes the “sniff test” to deliver a “meaty” performance. Also, kudos to the writers for having the hilarious MAGA dog. 😂
E4: REST IN METAL is the weakest of the episodes. Outside of Chloë Sevigny having a “shocking” and welcome return to the screen, I wasn’t as enthralled with this story. It’s likely due to the annoying drummer Gavin (Nicholas Cirillo) being a key supporting character. There’s nothing wrong with his performance. However, it’s the simple rule that when you have an annoying character on the screen, it’s best to limit their screen time to small doses.
I’m counting the
cards days until the next episode of POKER FACE. With LAST OF US, SHRINKING, and now, POKER FACE, 2023 has gotten off to an impressive start to the TV year.
The first four episodes of POKER FACE are available on PEACOCK.