Tourism company Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater launched the first project of its kind on Monday, an Amazon Prime Video series called "Life's Rewards" meant to not-so-subtly show off all the area has to offer in a bingeable show.
The verdict: Unfortunately, the first two episodes made me too sick to binge anymore.
The premise: Sebastian Rocha plays Dan, a man-child staying at the Don Cesar on rewards points after he takes his daddy's business down with a Ponzi scheme.
- He meets a blonde pediatric surgeon who absolutely doesn't care that he is a scammer (Florida, after all!) and they do fun tourism things together.
Not a good look: Jared Wofford, who plays the bartender, is actually great to watch. But his character quickly becomes Dan’s guru, fitting so perfectly into the trope of the "Magical Negro" it’s embarrassing.
- He quotes Bruce Lee and offers his own wisdom: "Anyone bored in St.Pete/Clearwater lacks imagination." Has anyone ever said "St. Pete/Clearwater" together as one word? I want to crawl in a hole.
The bottom line: If someone stumbled upon this show not knowing it was made by a tourism company, maybe they’d enjoy the gorgeous shots enough to look past the show's lesser qualities.
- Maybe if I could overcome my nausea and watch more episodes, the show might get better. But I can't. I think one of my organs failed during a scene at Rum Runners.
- I just wish more of the budget was spent on actors that didn’t make me want to rip my eyeballs out.
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