TV Review: SDRR 1.10 “Because We’re Legion”
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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (SDRR)
Season 1 Episode 10: “Because We’re Legion”
Created by Denis Leary
Directed by Michael Blieden
Written by Denis Leary
Starring Denis Leary, John Corbett, Elizabeth Gillies, John Ales, Robert Kelly, Elaine Hendrix, Josh Pais
Air Date: Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 10:00pm

The final season 1 episode of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll aired last night, and I’ll tell you… this has been an enjoyable little season. The premise is original, the comedy is dark, the drama is light, and the rock does roll. The exploits of Johnny Rock (Denis Leary) and The Heathens, long-lost daughter plus kickass singer Gigi (Liz Gillies), guitarist/nemesis Flash (John Corbett), snarky girlfriend/backup singer Ava (Elaine Hendricks), severely in need of rehab bassist Rehab (John Ales), and silly foodie drummer Bam Bam (Robert Kelly), provided 10 episodes of roguish delight.

Last week on SDRR, Rehab and Bam Bam are kicked out of the band after Gigi gets a solo offer, filled with money. They go off to be comic relief with helmets and beastcore. Flash and Johnny get to stay and be her songwriters. As all things that are too good to be true, it is too much glitz, with too little clothing. Johnny came to the rescue, and Flash acted like an ass.

SDRR 1.10 “Because We’re Legion” review: The episode begins where last week’s ended, with Gigi immediately breaking up with Flash over his behavior during their selling out debacle. She and her dad are actually closer. She doesn’t blame him, “He was drunk and high!” Quite the funny moment.

“Anger and rage have no place at the negotiation table.” Johnny and Flash go to grovel to get Rehab and Bam Bam back in the band, and pay a big price for them to take off their helmets (check the cover pic).

Ava hooks Gigi up with a vibe advisor (I know), and in walks Rob Morrow! He plays JP and oozes charm. I’ve always admired him, but he made me feel as Gigi did, which felt outstanding. It’s all about the vibe this episode. And the vibe is messed with by him. He (and we) discover that Ava and Flash had a moment of indiscretion 25 years ago, and he whispers strife into everyone’s ears. The results are comedic and musical.

The last song is “Complicated” and gorgeous. I’ve always been a sucker for band movies, musicals, anything that incorporated song into television and film, and SDRR is no exception. The difference is… that it’s different. I gave a lot of spoilers, but I don’t want to give away the end. Let’s just say that you expect it to end on a feel good musical note, but it’s Johnny Rock. Watch and you’ll see.

This was my favorite episode of the season (as a finale should be).

Here’s hoping we see SDRR next year!

FX’s synopsis:

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll centers on “Johnny Rock” (Denis Leary), lead singer of a legendary early 90’s New York band called The Heathens. Known for living up to their name, the band partied so long and so hard that even Keith Richards thought they needed to slow things down. The Heathens were on the brink of becoming famous for their kickass live shows and the release of their highly anticipated first album. Until they broke up. The same day the album dropped. Because lead guitarist Flash (John Corbett) found Johnny in bed with his wife. So the band became legendary for all the wrong reasons – like self-destructing sooner than any group in rock-n-roll history. 25 years later, the only thing bigger than Johnny’s ego is his prostate. The drugs he really needs now aren’t cocaine and marijuana – they’re Crestor, Cymbalta and Cialis. He’s out of work, out of money and out of show business options. That’s when a massively talented young singer named Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) shows up – with a burning desire to be famous, a throwback appreciation for The Heathens’ only album, and a stack of cash big enough to bring the whole band back into the studio. Only this time, SHE’S the lead singer and Johnny’s just a behind-the-scenes songwriter. John Ales, Bobby Kelly and Elaine Hendrix round out the rest of this dysfunctional rock and roll family. The race is on to see who gets famous first – and for what reason.

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