Lone Star Review Roundup: Dallas-Style Family Fun!ToniFitz76
“Lone Star” is the new Fox drama that asks, can you be in love with two women at once while conning one of them, as well as her family, while working with your own con-man dad and (this is the capper) living in Texas? If you’re getting a “Dallas” flashback, you’re not alone! Here’s a “Lone Star” review roundup.
This fun new family soap promises to give us as many twists and turns as JR and his family did some 30 years ago (wow, feeling old now). And if you’re on the fence, there’s this: Star James Wolk is being called a young George Clooney. Umm, drool.
The verdict seems to be this is definitely worth your time once the kids go to bed tonight! This is what critics have to say:
New York Times: He looks like a young George Clooney and has some of his mannerisms; the resemblance is reinforced by airport scenes in which Mr. Wolk deftly whips his suitcase on and off security conveyers like Mr. Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air.” But Bob also shows flashes of the glib charm and opportunism that Michael Callan perfected in movies like “The Interns” (1962) and in the 1960s sitcom “Occasional Wife,” about a bachelor who pretends to be married.
Dallas Morning News: Creator Kyle Killen says he sold Lone Star to Fox by telling executives that it was “Dallas without the cheese.” While that’s sort of like saying it’s a roller coaster without the hills, the pilot for this show gives viewers an uneven glimpse of what he may be talking about.
Zap2It.com: FOX pulls off no easy stunt with “Lone Star,” a drama set to the backdrop of Texas grifters and big oil, in making a endearing underdog out of a selfish con-man with a double life — and a gorgeous, adoring woman in each of them. And both our and their affection is bound to star James Wolk, who takes what would be a relatively engaging series and turns it into something much more exciting with the charm he injects into every scene — regardless of which persona he’s playing.
Los Angeles Times: Certainly, Wolk is not hard to look at, so like a young George Clooney, down to the self-deprecating smirk and sideways twinkle, copyright infringement may be involved. The pilot plays to the viewers’ emotions hard and fast, showing the young Bob as he is yanked out of yet another set of temporary living quarters while some victim of his father’s con bangs at the door. Of course, this young man is damaged, torn between his dream of stability and his desire to please his father.