“Big Shot” has his shots, like when Korn has them practice using invisible balls, and even though he wants to take PC culture as a weak starting point. Take the first episode, which begins with a peek-inducing button press, creating an obvious clash between old-school and new-school sensibilities, and toxic masculinity against PC culture. When Marvyn Korn first arrives in the gym, he shames player Destiny (Tiana Le), triggers Olive (Monique Green) by blowing hard on a whistle, and in general makes a circus of these generational tensions. “You’re used to being pampered, now don’t get used to it,” he tells them, starting a war he quickly nods to. He soon gave a feel for reality, in part from his assistant coach Holly (Jessalyn Gilsig), who also has personal drama off the pitch, including a failed marriage (and yet that didn’t make her a crystallized fool like Korn). She reminds him that he coaches a team of “future CEOs” and knows that deep down, he is afraid.
But the series moves away from that tension for the first episode, blazing a trail so that Korn can embrace the meaningful sensitivity of his peers, while still remaining a strict and efficient basketball coach. “Big Shot” is more about getting on the same page as it is about fighting, and this focus on fostering those relationships, between coach and player, and later father and daughter, becomes a focus. particular solace among the many familiar mechanics of the series. And bypassing the PC battle, the scenic series shows that she doesn’t need open conflict to be charming.
It’s pretty funny that its biggest star, Stamos, is also the weakest selling point in the series. He doesn’t bring enough advantage to such a cliched character that we learn he has a history of assaulting, throwing chairs, and insulting people. At the same time, his softer moments of bonding with his conflicting players, which the script seems to embrace with more convenience, make him feel even softer. Stamos doesn’t play the character like he has a complex moral compass going for him, instead, he zigzags through sweet, hard loving moments that are often complemented by his constipated reaction plans (you won’t be able to ignore it). Korn is meant to be a man of power, even though he nods to the more loving atmosphere of his workplace, and yet Stamos struggles to give him some depth for most of the three episodes.