It’s a damn shame HBO’s Vinyl Series didn’t get a chance to dive into a second season. Where would Jerry Seinfeld be right now if he hadn’t gotten a second season after a very questionable first one?

I had heard the hype long before having the opportunity to watch Vinyl. Now that I’ve finally seen it…I see, understand, and feel the good and bad.

 

Good
I had no problems with the main plot line. I absolutely love music, radio, and the recording industry. And 1973 was a perfect period for the series.

 

Episode 6 and portions of Episode 7 were the show’s finest moments. The final five minutes of Episode 6, “Cyclone,” was some of the best TV I’ve seen in a while. I can no longer hear Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” without getting goosebumps. The entire episode was great, but this ending was spectacular:

 

Episode 7, “The King and I,” was phenomenal for it’s portrayal of Elvis Presley.

“The King of rock ‘n’ roll is singing about lettuce!”

 


I’m very hard on Elvis impersonators, but Shawn Klush does a fine job in this episode. And I really enjoy the writing in both of the scenes above, including Zak being unhappy with what he’s witnessing. Richie takes it a step further by convincing Elvis that he needs to get back to his roots and start rockin’ and rollin’ again.

 

James Jagger – Yeah, yeah. It’s Executive Producer Mick Jagger’s son. So what? He filled the roll bloody perfectly.

 

The fictitious Lester Grimes story. This storyline alone is worth watching the 10 episodes.

 

Bad
For the most part there were no likable characters. (Lester Grimes is probably the exception, no?)

 

Many of the subplots were lame and predictable…or downright moronic. (See Zak going to Corado Golasso and tattling on Richie.)

 

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t have a problem with it, but I’m sure there were plenty of people who were “blown” away by the massive amount of cocaine snorted on this show.

Side Note
Was it just me or was “Joey Ramone” in the crowd during the debut performance of the Nasty Bits? Okay, the truth is now that I’ve taken a screenshot he doesn’t really look that much like Joey Ramone.

This guy’s opinion is that the good outweighs the bad here. It’s debatable how realistic Vinyl is, but that’s not really what the series is all about. Instead, watch it for the music, the acting, and the haunting representations of numerous musical acts in each of the 10 episodes.

 

 

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