The new Starz production “Magic City” doesn’t fall short on magic. When I first heard about a show set in the 1950s starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan I have to admit I was intrigued. I’d seen Morgan in “Supernatural”, “Watchmen” and more recently “The Texas Killing fields.” Yes, that was it. No “Grey’s Anatomy” at our house.
“The Year Of The Fin” was the first episode of the already-renewed series. It was much more about sets and beauty that plot. There is an army of characters to be introduced before this story can really take off and I’m willing to give them time.
The series opens on New Years Eve 1958. Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) owns the Miramar Hotel. It’s the place to be in Miami Beach and with all the political chaos going on in the world – people seem to like the oasis of luxury.
Ike has paid a high price to get where he is. The first episode reveals a rather treacherous business partnership with Ben “The Butcher” Diamond (Danny Huston). During metaphor laden conversation by The Butcher’s pool, while his wife Lily Diamond (Jessica Marais) swims nude, we find out that The Butcher actually backed the hotel – and he wants to own it. The thing is – Ike is what makes the hotel special – and he wont’ stick around if The butcher takes ownership. Bit of a deadlock it seems. For now.
Amidst union woes, family issues and the underworld influences “Magic City” promises intrigue and drama and a fair amount of time watching beautiful people.
In addition to the stunning cast of characters – the sets of the series are beautiful. The color washed film, atmosphere and props whisk the viewer back to the Miramar. Worth watching? You bet. Keep an eye on it – and give it a few episodes to get into full swing.