Magic City

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9.35pm, SoHo Af­ter just seven episodes it’s al­most time to say farewell to Magic City, though hopefully not for long. The se­ries was re­newed for a sec­ond sea­son be­fore the first went to air. Set in Mi­ami Beach in the late 1950s and early 60s, where hote­lier and cen­tral char­ac­ter Ike Evans (Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan) runs the ex­quis­ite Mi­ra­mar Playa ho­tel, Magic City doc­u­ments Ike’s de­scent into crim­i­nal­ity af­ter he makes an ill-fated deal with mob boss Ben Di­a­mond (Danny Hus­ton) to en­sure the sur­vival of his es­tab­lish­ment. As is the case with Break­ing Bad, the cen­tral char­ac­ter’s de­scent into the un­der­world has hor­ri­ble and un­ex­pected con­se­quences for ev­ery­one. The pe­riod restora­tion, even in the show’s many out­door scenes, es­pe­cially Mi­ami beach on which the ho­tel sits, re­mains ex­quis­ite. Though the characters smoke even more of­ten than the ones in Mad Men do, they don’t do it with the same aplomb. How­ever, the per­for­mances, es­pe­cially of Ike and his son Ste­vie Evans (Steven Strait), who is hav­ing a tem­pes­tu­ous af­fair with the new young wife of the mob­ster who is de­stroy­ing his fa­ther’s life, are sen­sa­tional. In next week’s fi­nale, sev­eral jigs are up. Se­crets are out and some­one is on the way to jail. Nat­u­rally, enough ques­tions re­main to see us into the next sea­son, though no air-date has been con­firmed yet.

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