The Rebels  

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Lately, there has been a (little more than a) handful of pilots being broadcasted by US and British networks. Some worth mentioning are The Rebels and Babylon.
I'll be covering The Rebels now and leave Babylon for another day.

The Rebels tells the story of Julie Levine, a widow, who's left with a fledgling football team after her husband's death. She has no idea how to run... own?... a football team but she knows how to mother (sort of).

In the beginning, we, the viewers, might think that she would be better off selling the team to a masochistic oil tycoon but of course, she doesn't. Otherwise there'd be no story to speak of.
We also follow Danny, the team's newest (youngest, and inexperienced) General Manager, as he learns the ins and outs of football managing after his predecessor upped and left. Danny was Julie's late husband's assistant whom Julie promoted because she needed someone to run the team.

As we progress through the pilot, we see how Julie and Danny struggle to keep up with the demands of the game. The pivotal moment for both characters come towards the end of the pilot, validating their purpose. Julie's son reminds her that you shouldn't give up just because someone bullies you into it, while Danny learns that keeping the team together is more important than hiring new and shiny quarterbacks.

I reckon the first 2 seasons might be about reaching the championships while we root for Julie to find a new mate. After that, we'll see where the show takes us.

The first episode was not bad. It's premise is not new but the theme used is interesting. There are many shows right now where the women are fish out of the water but none who are trying to run a football team.

Having watched Joss Whedon shows, I've learnt to give a new series the look and see treatment of between 2 to 4 episodes so I can properly assess its quality. I'll be doing the same for this one.


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