Networks have started to premiere limited-run series, such as ABCâ€™s Galavant and Marvelâ€™s Agent Carter. Theyâ€™ve also adapted overseas shows such as Foxâ€™s limited run adaptation of Broadchurch retitled Gracepoint for the US version. NBC has joined these networks with its premiere of the 8-part mini-series The Slap. This show was adapted from an Australian show of the same name that was adapted from a novel.
In the first episode we are introduced to Hector, who is turning 40 years old. For his birthday his wife plans a party where family and friends come over for a meal. A few people at the party include Hectorâ€™s sister Rosie (Melissa George), her husband Gary (Thomas Sadowski), their child, and Hectorâ€™s cousin Harry (Zachary Quinto). This is where things start to go wrong. Harry is a wealthy and arrogant car salesman, and gets in an argument with Gary, a painter with different ideals. The slap happens toward the end of the episode when Harry slaps Garyâ€™s child.
One of the interesting things about this series is that each episode will focus on a different family member. This allows for the viewers to get a feel for the different characters’ motivations. The one thing I did find odd was the use of narration. At the beginning of the episode, and a few times throughout the episode, a narrator gave exposition, explaining the characters thoughts or actions. These felt out of place and interrupted the story.
The first episode was not the best start to this mini-series, but it introduced many characters and conflicts that might be interesting to see unfold. Even though the inciting incident was not well done or dramatic enough, it does leave a few questions. This show might not live up to the original production or the book, but it will be interesting to see where it goes.
The Slap airs on Thursdayâ€™s at 10/9c on NBC.