Magic City if you don’t know is a wanna be Mad Men that takes place in late 50′s Miami. Here is a little description of it:
Miami Beach, 1959. As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castro’s rebels. It’s a turbulent time in Miami, but it’s THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, he’s the star of his hotel. But everything comes at a price. To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade. In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, it’s diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miami’s seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics. As Ike’s world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.
I watched 3 episodes last night and was confused. Some of the plot really doesn’t pull much together. They give a way a little more than they need to and there are tons of boobs. I feel like too much in fact. I think they are only doing it because they can. It isn’t really necessary to any plot. No one works at a strip club or is on the beach tanning as such (except for 1 scene on a balcony and the woman covers up you don’t even see boobs!)
I really wanted to like this show. I thought it would be awesome and an edgier version of Mad Men but it isn’t. Even the opening scene mimic’s Mad Men poorly. The writing isn’t there, the acting is Ok and the story isn’t living up to its full potential. I am hoping as I get further into the season it won’t suck so much but I who knows.
Have you seen Magic City? Did you like it?