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The Player - (S01E08)

Action . Crime . Thriller . Drama

After an attack on a truckload of drugs and cash, the House sends Alex Kane to stop the violence between the gangs. Mr. Johnson has a conversation with Cassandra about her priorities. Meanwhile, Agent Rose Nolan is in hot pursuit of the truth about the House.

Episode Title: Downtown Odds
Airs: 2015-11-12 at 10:00 PM
  • Vicki Hyman

    The Player has the feel of one of those high-octane action thrillers that Hollywood pumps out--you get caught up in the moment, but the intricacies of the plot dissolve the second you step out of the theater.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's an efficient if mass-produced engine--every week a different race against crime and time--made a bit more interesting by the most dangerous game gone digital.... But it's the chemistry between Cassandra and Kane that ignites The Player.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The Player is fun, and doesn’t really try to be anything more than that. Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    It's hard to see where this all might be going. A nebulous nefarious cabal betting on the outcome of crimes may be the strangest of some of the strange premises for shows this fall, but Winchester is good at being the action hero. If you enjoy that, you might enjoy the show.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Because The Player is wandering into such well-explored territory, it feels limp at its liveliest.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    "The Player" has the potential to be enjoyable even if the premise seems like a high-risk, low-reward gamble.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Winchester is a solid enough presence as Kane.... Although this isn’t a flat-out terrible series, don’t bet on NBC having a winner opposite fearsome time slot competition from CBS’ Thursday Night Football and ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. No one likes those odds.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Sure, Thursday's pilot is junk, but it's pretty, diligent junk, essentially The Whopper of action TV, heaped high with mayhem condiments.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    For its combination of silliness revved up to a furious pace, The Player is, as I said at the start, watchable--the kind of visual junk food that you find yourself consuming for an hour before you realize 60 minutes have passed.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The Player is pulp trash with an admirable sense of its own disposability, running through gimmicks nearly as efficiently as Alex plows through requisitely faceless thugs.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The show does not inspire confidence.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The show’s version of Vegas is all sin and no city, with basic, glaring geography errors (a character runs through the distinctive sights of Fremont Street and in the next scene refers to it as the Strip). Its narrative and dramatic errors are even less forgivable.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Too many NBC dramas are now all about conspiracies and secret societies. That’s getting tiresome. Case in point, NBC’s The Player.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Without a steady spray of sawdust coming from Snipes’ direction, there’s too much time to focus on the show’s loony premise and unspeakable morals.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The Player does stand out. Just not in a way that is likely to make anyone want to watch.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Phillip Winchester gets tangled up with Wesley Snipes in Las Vegas in a muddled scenario that involves predicting crimes and seeking vengeance.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The concept in NBC’s The Player is lamentably simple and might have been better off as a video game.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The action sequences are cool. Unbelievable, but cool. Fast forward through the rest of this drivel and just watch those, if you must.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The Player is flashy nonsense.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Heidi Patalano

    Though it has some slick car chases, The Player lacks the wit, ingenuity and originality to inspire curiosity about what’s going to happen next.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The Player is basically absurd with a dollop of stupid on top and a whole bunch of empty tossed in for filler. Yes, empty can be filler.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    A new action series from NBC with a ludicrous plot full of unlikable characters played by not particularly likable actors.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It’s hard to see the series blossoming into much of anything, based on the thudding nature of the premiere.... Even without the absolutely tortured nature of the premise here, the characters are stiff to the point of being laughable.

    Variety Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    I might have tried harder to get past the bad taste that situation left in my mouth, had the rest of the show not been fairly paint-by-numbers and generic, but as escapist hours go, there's not a lot of meat on the bone here.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Isaac Feldberg

    Everything on the screen has been played out, ad nauseam, in other series--we’ve seen dozens of brooding-hero-with-a-dead-wife narratives and omniscient-organization-secretly-saving-the-world backdrops in the past few years alone, but it’s entirely possible that none of those other shows have left as bland a taste in the mouth as this one.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    In short, they're plotting to turn the world into an episode of Starsky and Hutch. Full Review

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