Opening with a snazzy shot of cascading snow complete with a
shaky camera technique, “The Mountain” immediately
establishes itself as a groundbreaking experience. However, the
sweeping montage that follows, set to Blink182’s “Miss
You” and featuring slow-motion shots of characters staring
thoughtfully at snow-covered slopes, forever obliterates this
initial impression.

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We make mountains out of molehills. (Courtesy of the WB)

From that moment forth, “The Mountain” becomes what
every other WB show is eventually reduced to — a primetime
soap opera. The show features a dysfunctional family, an inherited
ski lodge and potential hardships down the road. In addition to
highlighting a variety of extreme sports, “The
Mountain” attempts to combine the X-Games with “The
O.C.,” somehow failing to reach this goal.

That’s not to say “The Mountain” is without
any redeeming attributes. First and foremost is the sex factor.
Male audiences may initially be disappointed in “The
Mountain” due to its cold setting, which doesn’t allow
for much bikini action. The sex scenes that eventually unfold,
however, are steamy enough to keep any male viewer’s eyes
glued to the screen. Female viewers will also not be disappointed.
The cast of “The Mountain” features many a studly male
and at least one bare, muscled chest.

The storyline is also strong enough to keep audiences
interested. Featuring a high-stakes plot about control of the ski
resort after which the show is named, “The Mountain”
mixes intrigue and deception with on-slope antics. In the premiere,
the resort is left to the previous owner’s grandson, causing
strife among the Carver family, many of whom feel they are better
qualified to run the slopes. As if family drama wasn’t
enough, a rival company attempts to capitalize on the shift in
management with a buy-out. After some fights, a dance and a couple
snowboarding shots, the show finally reaches its climax at a board
meeting between the rival company and the new owners. True to
traditional TV form, the Carvers hold out, thus providing the
audience with more snow-filled episodes.

Where “The Mountain” falls short is in the writing.
While the show makes an attempt at quality interaction between
characters, the dialogue and rapport between them just
doesn’t feel as real as in other shows. Often there are
moments where something funny should be said, but nothing is. This
is probably because the characters appear too serious to crack any
kind of joke, and the creators seem to take the show too seriously.
Without this sense of humor, which allows the dramatic points to
feel that much more dramatic, “The Mountain” feels a
bit stiff and dry.

Given room to lighten up, however, this show could rank among
the best of the goofy evening dramas. But as it stands right now,
“The Mountain” is mildly entertaining. It’s worth
watching if you catch it on TV.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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