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Why is This on my TV: Boss
If politics is all about who you know and who your copulating with at the moment, then no wonder things are screwed up in the nation's capital.
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For those of you who subscribe to the Starz channel, you may already be familiar with the political drama Boss starring Kelsey Grammar of Frasier and Cheers fame.
If your expecting to see the unflappable Frasier Crane sucking down one of his signature latte's forget about that!
Boss is the tale of one mayor of Chicago Tom Kane. On the outside, Kane can be a sincere and caring man. One who actually give's a damn about his city and it's people, but underneath that polished exterior lies a true viper.
Kane has been a part of the political machine that runs the city for several terms, and so he's adept at shaking the hands of the people while pushing is own plans forward for a legacy, never for a minute caring an iota about who get's trampled under his boot heels as he brings pet projects to fruition.
Unfortunately for the mayor, he is diagnosed with Lewy Bodies, a condition that threatens to derail his political career as well as his life. Grammar seems to revel in the role and uses his vast vocabulary (one which I thought added to his charm on Frasier) and use it to either distance himself from others by proving his superiority or verbally castrating his political rivals as well as subordinates when necessary.
Mayor Kane's relationship with his wife Meredith portrayed by actress Connie Nielsen is based on political convenience, and very little to do with love.
Meredith is the daughter of former mayor Rutledge Kane's predecessor. Meredith is always at Kane's side when it comes to affairs of the city, and she plays the role of devoted spouse cunningly.
There are other characters who drive the plot of the series forward each episode, but I want to talk about the role sex has in the series.
I'm not by any standard a youngster anymore. I know all about sex and it's role in the way things are done...sometimes.
But I have to admit that after the third or forth time of seeing different characters copulating in hallways, campaign offices with the shades closed and even through hidden ceiling cameras placed in an aide to the mayor's home I was more than a little dismayed by the sizable role it plays in the series plotline.
It certainly begs the question "Is this how the game of politics is played in real life?"
If the actual answer to that question is yes, then it certainly brings into question the way our government is run.
The actors play their parts well, but I would be remiss if I did not say that this is Kelsey Grammar's tour de force. The show has earned much praise from fans as well as critics with phrases such as "A Must See," "Riveting," and "Eminently Watchable" the series certainly has found it's audience.
I have to admit that I find some of the plot lines of the series interesting, and Kelsey Grammar's delivers a consummate performance in the role of Tom Kane, but Boss would not be a reason for me to begin a subscription to the Starz network.