Rise (S01E03) "What Flowers May Bloom"

I want to love Rise – even just really like it. It has so much potential, a great cast, and dang it I just love musicals – tv or otherwise. But Rise is so mired in cliche and trope that the good moments are hard to appreciate. We have a nice, white woman who’s husband…

Rise (S01E02) "Most of All to Dream"

Last night’s episode was solid, but not fantastic. Following on the feels of the uplifting premier I suppose it had a hard target to reach. It felt like it was straining in that direction – magic always just out of reach. It’s hard at times to know what is the story following the true life…

Rise (S01E01) "Pilot"

The first episode of Rise *mostly* lived up to it’s promise.  For a show that wants to transform the mundane into the spectacular, to plumb the depths of a human soul and bring it to light, it was a good beginning. It takes it’s task seriously, just hopefully not so much so that it becomes…