TV review: 'Rogue' on DirecTV's Audience Network

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:00 AM Written by 

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Aside from some profanity, violence and nudity, story-wise DirecTV’s latest Audience Network drama seems like something you’d find on a basic cable network a few years ago.

“Rogue” (9 p.m. Wednesday) is another dreary quest saga, this time about a San Francisco Bay-area undercover cop, Grace (Thandie Newton), who fears her work contributed to the drive-by shooting of her son. So, yes, there’s a ton of angst and emoting and scenes of Grace fighting with her boss about returning to her undercover job after her son’s death.

“I gave you a direct [bleep-damned] order and you ignored it, now stay the [bleep] out of Oakland!” the boss rails.

On the home front, Grace is in no better shape.

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“It’s not a job, it’s an addiction,” Grace’s husband complains. And, yeah, he’s kind of right. Like her predecessor obsessed cops, including Sarah Linden on “The Killing,” Grace is single-minded in her obsession, returning to her undercover gig as a lackey to crime boss Jimmy Laszlo (Marton Csokas), who has her searching for the traitor in his organization.

This doesn’t sit well with her teen daughter, who’s turned to drugs and the show pretty much blames her bad behavior on Grace’s absenteeism.

Created by Matthew Parkhill (“Primeval”), “Rogue” doesn’t live up to its title in its first hour because the story does everything you’d expect. So it was probably smart for DirecTV to bundle the first two episodes because “Rogue” does take a bit of an unexpected turn at the start of its second hour, which also spends more time developing the characters of Jimmy’s family, including a recently imprisoned son.

At this point, “Rogue” starts to become a little more intriguing, but the show only gets to that point after the clichéd set-up and almost two hours spent with a self-destructive lead character. For discerning viewers, it may be too little, too late.

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