I went into Rise with high expectations because of the creative team behind it, which consists of Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton). I now walk away from its 10-episode first season apathetic to almost everything that occurred.
Rise isn’t terrible, it’s just not very gripping and moves through plot lines with messy haste. It also bears a striking resemblance to Friday Night Lights in terms of it’s high school setting and shaky filming style that make it near impossible to avoid comparisons. Is that unfair? Maybe, but I found myself comparing the two, especially throughout the pilot, and Rise always came up short. Continue reading “‘Rise’ Review: I Never Want to Hear ‘Mama Who Bore Me’ Again”