Has anyone else been watching TNT’s new procedural King & Maxwell, based on David Baldacci’s novels about disgraced Secret Service agents turned private investigators? I’ve been watching it faithfully, and enjoying it well enough, but it’s not quite working for me as well as I’d hoped. I think my main issue is in the dynamic between the two main characters. They have clearly set this up to be a “will they/won’t they” situation, but so far, at least, this is feeling contrived rather than earned to me. I’m not sure whether the issue is with the writing or the chemistry between the actors – or probably a combination of the two – but I feel like we’re being told that there is romantic and sexual tension between King and Maxwell rather than actually seeing it. It’s like the show is saying “Oh, you all know how this goes when there’s a procedural with male/female leads, so just assume that’s what we’re doing,” but the audience doesn’t know the characters well enough to really feel that they are authentically drawn to each other.
Funnily enough, I thought this tension was done better in the first book, even though there were only a few hints of them being interested in each other – the characters were interesting enough and drawn well enough that it seemed obvious to the reader why they might come together in the future. So this has made me want to read more of the series to find out if and when that happens and to compare it to how things progress on the show.
Anyone else? Am I just crazy?