Review: MVP – The Secret Lives of Hockey WivesJanuary 14, 2008
This past Friday was the debut of CBC’s original series MVP – The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives.
The show follows the fictitious Mustangs hockey team (I’m guessing its supposed to be a riff on the Leafs?) as they struggle after the untimely death of their captain at a season opening party. After he dies, his wife and daughter find out that he snorted all their money away, and they have nothing. And the dead captain’s team-purchased insurance policy was used to cover the salary of the team’s new hot rookie, who’s come fresh from small-town Canada. Meanwhile, the coach’s son has been named the new captain, and he’s struggling to develop a relationship with a nice “normal” girl he met at a cafe. Then, there’s the team’s manwhore (since, you know every team has to have one) who records his trysts via a video camera set up between two stuffed mustangs.
Got all that?
The music in this first episode was great. Ever since Grey’s Anatomy started, I’ve found myself paying more attention to the music used in the background of shows. I’m still giggling that MVP used Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky” as the background for a funeral. The producers also did a great job of casting actors that looked like hockey players; you know, the tall, lanky, too good looking for their own good types. The pilot episode also focused more on the players themselves, than on the wives that they show title promises.
About the only downside was that there was no actual hockey shown during the show. I know that’s something to be picky about in a show focusing on hockey players’ wives, but there’s one scene where hockey action would have been beautiful to have. It was a missed opportunity that hopefully will be rectified in future episodes.
I realize that as a hockey fan I should probably be offended that a great sport is being mocked with this show. And I also realize that as a woman I should be offended by the characterization of females on this show as either tramps or angels, but I’m not. It is what it is: harmless fluff to record on the DVR and watch later. If I want educational TV, I’ll go watch Mythbusters or Jeopardy.