This is my first time watching Brothers and Sisters on ABC. My first impression of the TV show isn’t good.
First of all, it strikes me that there are far too many people in this drama. Brothers and Sisters is simply overrun with brothers and sisters. Each has his own separate life, which leaves Brothers and Sisters wandering off in different directions throughout the TV show.
This season’s premiere of Brothers and Sisters opens with Dora recording a video for her son, Justin, who has gone off to war in Iraq. This covers the exposition fairly well. We discover that Sarah and Joe are separated, Tommy and Julia have brought their new baby home from the hospital, Kevin’s dating a preacher, and Kitty has become engaged to Senator Robert McAllister.
Sally Field plays the part of Dora well. She is the quintessential distraught mother, worrying about her son. However, there is one scene where she reacts badly to the fact that the doorbell has rung. It turns out that it’s only Kitty. I think it’s time to give Kitty a key.
The fight scene between Kitty and Dora in the bridal shop is priceless. Even more priceless is the fact that a passer-by taped it and put it up on YouTube. However, I think I might have tackled the guy, myself.
Tensions build in Brothers and Sisters when Kitty’s half sister, Rebecca, plans her birthday party. Apparently Kitty’s father died on her birthday, which increases the tension. Kitty is not at all happy with Rebecca’s choice of restaurants, and the fact that the family is forced to wait before being seated makes everything more difficult.
Things in Brothers and Sisters seem to wind down considerably when everybody retreats to Dora’s house for pizza and beer. However, the self-absorption and selfishness of many of the Brothers and Sisters characters seems to detract from the drama. Kevin is so upset about his boyfriend leaving that he can’t take a moment to say, “I love you.” Kitty’s far too concerned about which “box” she belongs in, buying a wedding dress and being angry at Rebecca for horning in on her territory to think about the rough time her mother is having. Joe doesn’t seem to care about the havoc he’s wreaking by abandoning his family. The ultimate resolution of all this selfishness comes late, and is rather unsatisfying.
Given what I’ve seen so far, I would not continue to watch Brothers and Sisters on ABC. The entire TV show seems to rest on the fragile shoulders of Sally Field. While I love Sally, I know she can’t handle such a huge burden alone.