Guns is yet another atrociously bad Canadian drama. This two part show about crime and guns in a generic North American city aka Toronto airs Sunday Sept. 6th and Monday Sept 7th 2009 at 8 P.M. It is no coincidence the second show airs Labor Day as watching this two part four hour series is a chore. To its credit, and I really tried here, Guns is no worse than most Canadian produced dramatic TV. A more appropriate title for this show would have been Blanks.
Guns is bad in so many ways it is hard to figure out where to start to lay blame. Since reviews on this site have to be 300 words long and there are only so many synonyms for awful, I’ll try.
The writing is atrocious. You get the feeling the writers watched a few US crime shows and figured out “Anybody can do that, eh?” No. The actors, even the leads, would not cut it as the cop in the background who pretends to be talking on the phone in a real TV drama. As for the hoods in this Canadian drama, even the Jets and Sharks could kick their ass between two dance numbers. The titty bar where some scenes take place is the only one on earth where dancers are fully dressed.
Guns tries to hip it up with some gangsta background music that was probably written by Anne Murray. This drama’s rhythm is even worse than that of its music.
To save you some valuable time: A kid gets shot on a street corner. A guy who did not do the shooting (Canadian TV for you) gets arrested and tells the cops where he got the gun he was carrying. Turns out there’s a link to a cross-border gun trafficker (Colm Feore) and his son who, based on info his father gives him, steal guns from collectors to sell them on the spotless streets of Toronto. Cops find out, witnesses get killed, cops end up racing against the clock to save their last witness.
All this between many extraneous scenes.
The one good thing about Guns, which airs on the CBC Sunday Sept. 6th and Monday Sept. 7th 2009 at 8 P.M. is it gets some prerequisite Canadian content out of the way early in the TV season.