Last night I watched the first episode of HBO’s 24/7 Penguins-Capitals series. It was amazing. Its the best insiders look of the NHL that I have ever seen. The production was slick, the interviews candid and the story line was captivating.
HBO really got lucky because the drama produced by the Capitals poor play and the 12 game winning streak that the Penguins were on during the filming of the program really enhanced the story. The viewer gets a great sense of the power of winning. The Penguins are upbeat, tight and loose during their winning streak. They made me feel like I was missing out on something special by not being a part of their team. They have fun in practice, on the plane, in the hotels, all the time and it helps them win. You can see the respect they have for one another and especially for their star player Sidney Crosby. The Caps, on the other side of the coin, can’t win a game and you can see defeat in their eyes. During the interviews you sense a depressed feeling from the players. They’re body language is crushed and confused; they don’t seem to be having any fun on or off the ice and the viewer is left feeling awkward after watching them. It’s quite a juxtaposition that makes for fantastic drama.
It’s a four part series concluding at the Winter Classic. I can’t wait to see the rest. Here is a preview:
Here is the real preview: