It’s easy to follow along when a thriller moves sequentially, when the characters are clearly defined as good or bad, and the resolution of the plot typically involves the good guys tracking down the bad guys before the hour is up. But how boring and predictable is that? Aren’t you capable of processing so much more? If so, you’re going to love this new FX program called Untitled Jersey City Project, which is unique in that it’s a work-in-progress television drama with out-of-sequence scenes, dimly defined characters, unresolved plot developments and – perhaps most importantly for those who can handle it – a lot of room for your imagination.
Naturally you need SOME background, so here’s what you get: The story is set amidst the fast-developing Jersey City waterfront, just across the river from Manhattan. A shining new city is being built on the edge of this gritty town. But while the glass office towers and condos are sleek and new, the rules of the game haven’t changed one bit. Everyone here has something to gain – money, fame, power. Or they can lose big. Or they could end up dead.
Watch episode two of the eight-episode series.
It’s a two-minute short that introduces four characters. It opens with an attractive blonde making out with a handsome man in a car at night in a dimly lit area – and after she mentions that what she’s doing is probably unprofessional, the scene quickly ends when a strange man smashes the car window. We then flash back 32 hours, where we first meet the blonde and the man in the car.
The man’s name is Frank, and he’s the architect of the Waterfront Stadium Project. The blonde is a brassy newspaper reporter named Jane Kaplan, and she’s now meeting Frank to defend an article she wrote that portrayed him and his client, developer Larry Tyerman, in a negative light. Running interference is Frank’s colleague, Ray, who suggests everyone calm down with a couple of drinks. Jane says she can’t drink because she’s working, then rattles off the reasons why she criticized Frank and the stadium project; she specifically mentions Tyerman, who she says is a well-known crook with notorious bad taste – bad timing since Tyerman has just walked up behind her.
Tyerman plays it off like a charming down-to-earth guy, but the action soon moves to another scene of violence –with Tyerman smacking an unknown man across the face and asking, “What do you do? I’m asking you, what do you do?”
If you’re like me, you fill in the blanks on the Untitled Jersey City Project
What does your imagination tell you to do? Let us know in the comments below.