Written by Robert Siegel
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Starring Sebastian Stan, Lilly James, Nick Offerman,
Plot: Follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s relationship, going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.
Pam & Tommy” premieres with three episodes on February 2nd. New episodes stream weekly.
EPISODE 1: “Drilling and Pounding”
When we first meet Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee, you can’t help but be entirely floored by how he walked, talked and moved like him. Rand (Seth Rogen) is the carpenter redoing Tommy’s bedroom and Tommy didn’t like where the bed was and wanted to move, which we see starts the tension between the two.
Tommy wants more and more things changed and the crew is getting fed up with the changes because he is behind on payments and they already had a lot of it done.
After accidentally walking into Pamela, Tommy flips out and fires Rand and Lonnie. Upon this and a series of other events, Rand decides he will make Tommy pay for how he treated them. He begins to do some recon work in an attempt to lay out a plan to figure out what is ahead.
Throughout the first episode, we see more of Rand than we do Tommy Lee (well, we see a lot of Sebastian in a thong) or Pamela. But they do a great job setting up the events that lead to Rand getting the tape. We also meet Uncle Milite at the end of the episode, played by Nick Offerman with a mullet and I am happy.
To be honest, Rogen was incredible in the first episode and perfectly cast as Rand. Rand is relatable on many levels, and Rogen does a great job of highlighting that. Rogen is an incredible actor with some great range and to see several different layers of that in the pilot was great.
The Verdict: B+
The pilot works for so many reasons. They don’t have to give away too much because many of us know who these two were, but they did a great job of laying out the things that transpired to get the tape on the hands of Rand. Stan and Rogen absolutely slay in the episode, with the latter really carrying it.