May 12, 2021 - News

Tourism company tries to show off St. Petersburg and Clearwater with terrible new Amazon show

A shot from "Life's Rewards." Photo: Odyssey, the Studio at Miles Partnership

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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