Hey TV.com, Should I Watch NBC's Crisis?


We're deep into the mid-season now, fellow TV fans. Pretty soon it's going to be summer and you'll be too busy playing volleyball on the beach or going swimming in your neighbor's pool to care about television at all. Hahaha. That was a joke. Everyone knows people who watch a lot of TV struggle to move from the couch to the bathroom, let alone do strenuous physical activity. Anyway, all season long we've been guiding you and helping you make decisions about which shows to watch. Up next is NBC's hostage drama Crisis, which continues the hot new trend of television shows with one-word titles. But is it worth it? Or will it also continue NBC's trend of rather lackluster TV? Let's find out in the latest version of Hey TV.com, Is This Show a Stinking Pile of Garbage or Not?


What's the crisis at the center of Crisis?

Not to be confused with CBS's HostagesCrisis is a drama series that follows the unfolding of a hostage situation involving the children of Washington, D.C.'s elite, including the daughter of a top CEO, the child of an international diplomat, and even the President's son. Taken hostage during a field trip with their teacher and a parent chaperone, the entire operation is the work of a brilliant evil mastermind who has thought of everything, down to video surveillance of the FBI agents working the case, and removing the trackers the parents had implanted under their children's skin. This dude/dudette means business.


Who created Crisis, and who stars in it?

Crisis was created by Rand Ravich (Life) and is executive produced by Ravich, Far Shariat (I Love You Phillip Morris), and Phillip Noyce (The Giver). It stars Gillian Anderson (HannibalThe X-Files) as Meg Fitch, the CEO of a global IT company, Dermot Mulroney (New Girl) as ex-CIA analyst Francis Gibson, Lance Gross (House of Payne) as Secret Service rookie Marcus Finley, Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue) as FBI agent Susie Dunn, James Lafferty (One Tree Hill) as high school teacher Mr. Nash, and Michael Beach as FBI Director Olsen. Rounding out the cast are Max Martini (Pacific Rim) as Koz, Halston Sage (Neighbors) as Amber Fitch, Stevie Lynne Jones (Runaways) as Beth Ann Gibson, Max Schneider (How to Rock) as Ian Martinez, and Joshua Erenberg (Suburgatory) as Anton Roth.


When does the Crisis begin?

Crisis premieres Sunday, March 16 at 10pm on NBC, which means you'll have to choose between CrisisThe Mentalist on CBS, Revenge on ABC, and Talking Dead on AMC. 


Who might enjoy Crisis?

Fans of Hostages, probably! But also fans of One Tree Hill who are happy to see James Lafferty back on their televisions. See also: fans of Dylan McDermott who tuned in thinking he was on this show and not Dermot Mulroney, but stuck around anyway because they still don't know the difference. I also wouldn't count out fans of silly shows with seemingly invincible villains.


What makes Crisis stand out?

Gillian Anderson, obviously, but that's a given. Crisis is by no means a great series, nor it is groundbreaking, but it is relatively successfully in pulling off a twist in the pilot that similar series could have botched. It's not surprising that the best moments are those involving the hostage situation, and not the scenes involving the FBI and the parents of the children taken hostage, but I'd also say that the series could benefit from going even more campy and dramatic. It's so over-the-top already that making the villain even more cartoonish could turn it into one of those, "Oh my God, this is so ridiculous I need to see WTF is going to happen next" kind of shows.



What maybe isn't so great about Crisis?

Crisis asks a lot of its audience. And I mean a lot. Not only is there an entire notebook that details every step of the master plan, but it's completely handwritten. Come on! No one writes anything by hand anymore! And also, if this has-thought-of-everything-brilliant-mastermind is as brilliant as the show makes them out to be, why do they have a notebook that could obviously be traced back to them or used against them?

The pilot also has a lot of story to get through in an hour, which results in some very important developments being glossed over or ignored all together. For instance, the episode jumps from the children being taken hostage to the FBI discussing how this could have happened, but the pilot never shows us how they were alerted to the missing children in the first place. Considering a lack of cell phone service plays a large role in one of the storylines in the pilot, it's confusing. 


So, should I watch it?

You probably thought I'd say no, but I'm going to say yes because of the possibility of crazy over-the-top drama. 


Gimme a trailer! Gimme a trailer!

Okay, here you go!



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Crisis premieres Sunday, March 16 at 10pm on NBC.


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Mar 26, 2014
NO, this is really bad.
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Mar 15, 2014
NBC really messed up on this one. I missed the Pilot - many others may have missed it. Now they are starting with Episode 2. That's doesn't give us a proper set-up to understand the premise of the series. They should have started this run with the Pilot, as they've done with others that aired pilots months in advance.
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Mar 26, 2014
You won't miss a thing, don't waste your time.
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Apr 05, 2014
I didn't waste my time - I decided not to watch the series. I don't like the idea of depicting violence against government officials and/or their families. After reading a synopsis of the plot it was clear that this will be a continuous stream of kidnapping and killing of families, trying to force people to do things they would otherwise not want to do. This could become a playbook for extremists.
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Apr 05, 2014
Also the acting was way worse than usual and the entire mess is just annoying.
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Mar 15, 2014
I'll probably give it a try, just because of Gillian Anderson. But it's going to have to wait, most likely until summer. I already have all 21 hours of primetime filled. And i'm catching up on 24 & Supernatural, with my morning coffee and dinner. I considered watching it on the Saturday encore, but i watch The Sopranos, Revolution, and Hannibal. So summer it is.
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Mar 15, 2014
So this is a Hostages clone then?
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Mar 15, 2014
First of all, why is your Veronica Mars story no longer on the home page, Kaitlin? As for Crisis, I'll give it a go...
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Mar 15, 2014
RIGHT?
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Mar 15, 2014
TV Litmus needed!
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Mar 15, 2014
my husband and I previewed the pilot episode and were blown away! he's obsessed, has been bugging me about when it comes on for the past month now.
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Mar 15, 2014
I sooooooo feel you...

Took me about 15 minutes to programm my DVR for all the shows on Sunday. Thank god True detective is done because there wasn't any room left to record.

I'll check it out. Almost wishing I won't like it... then I won't have to watch it. I can barely keep up with all the shows I watch between work, gym, working on the house... And summer is coming. Even less time. aaaaaargh.
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Mar 15, 2014
&See; also: fans of Dylan McDermott who tuned in thinking he was on this
&show; and not Dermot Mulroney, but stuck around anyway because they
&still; don't know the difference.

You joke, but as I was reading the review I said to myself, "Oh, the guy from American Horror Story! Awesome!" and it wasn't until this sentence and a quick Google search in response that I realized I was mistaken. :-(

Also, is this show the spiritual cousin of iconic 1991 movie Toy Soldiers?
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Mar 15, 2014
Who writes anything by hand anymore?....Duh, a lot of people. Duh...everybody.
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Mar 15, 2014
I was gonna say, um, how about if he/she/they wrote it on a computer it could be hacked....point made. And I go through whole notebooks writing ideas and nonsense down...
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Mar 15, 2014
Millenials can't even write cursively.
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Mar 15, 2014
What are they teaching in school nowadays? What happened to reading AND WRITING???
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Mar 16, 2014
They can still print, but many of them can't write cursive. While some states are mandating it, a few states have dropped the requirement and added "keyboard proficiency" instead:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursive#English_cursive_in_the_US

Cursive writing is going the way of Roman numerals (which they also can't read on a clock). In fact, I've heard one teacher friend suggest that thanks to the digital age, many young folks aren't any good at reading the time on an analog clock either.

The times are changing and it's starting to make me feel OLD.
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Mar 16, 2014
There's always going to be a need to write, not just print. If the requirement to learn is being dropped, our society is going to hell. I consider any teen or adult who can't write dumb and no employer should hire them. In fact, no one should be admitted to a university if they can't write cursively....no exceptions.
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Mar 15, 2014
Gillian Anderson is pretty huge bait.
Maybe I'll give it a 2-3 episode test.
I couldn't make it through the 2nd episode of Hostages so I am not getting my hopes up about this scenario.
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Mar 15, 2014
Would only watch for Gillian Anderson I think
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Mar 15, 2014
Hostage shows and movies seem so limited, it's been done to death. I'll watch for Gillian but I'm not expecting anything other than what I've seen before.
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Mar 14, 2014
It kinda sounds like something that'll likely suck, but meh, I'll be giving it a try almost solely due to Rand Ravich, who I'd been waiting for another TV series from since his died-too-early show Life.

The one thing I might hate is when the show focuses on the kids held hostage. If TV has taught me anything, it's that kids are stupid and annoying little shit-heads. So if there's an episode where most of the focus is on the kids, and they're sitting around talking about stupid stuff, I might just quit it right there.
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Mar 15, 2014
Lololol. This comment and both of the replies underneath cracked me up. You're obviously referring to kids from shows like The Walking Dead, Under The Dome and Hostages.
Whereas @alcalde is probably talking about kids from shows like Veronica Mars, Dawson's Creek and Pretty Little Liars.
And then @B-a-n-e is referring to "kids" (mostly played by 35 year old actors) from The Vampire Diaries, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural and Believe. Lol!
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Mar 15, 2014
That's odd; watching TV has taught me that kids are witty wisecrackers who speak like they're 40 and parents are clueless dopes who are never around.
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Mar 15, 2014
Really? I thought all the kids on TV now were somehow supernatural: they come back from the dead; or have telekinesis or they can see the future (or they are from the future).
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Mar 14, 2014
Its got Gillian Anderson, so yes. If her performance is half as good as in The Fall then this will be epic.
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Mar 14, 2014
I watched the pilot a couple of weeks ago..In the pilot she's only in it for like 5-10 minutes, the rest of the actors acting is just awful in the episode. By the first 5 minutes or so you will know why they left this on the long finger. They should of left this series for the summer and stick it on against the dome or something.
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Mar 14, 2014
"not available" due to location
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Mar 14, 2014
I see Rachael Taylor is continuing her losing streak: Charlie's Angels, 666 Park Avenue, and now Crisis.
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Mar 14, 2014
Looks like I am going to watch... why? Gillian Anderson, obviously! LOL
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Mar 14, 2014
I'm already dvr'ing the Mentalist and Revenge but there is replay of Crisis the following Saturday so I'll catch it then. Still not sure what I'll do if I like it though considering I like both the Mentalist and Revenge.
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Mar 14, 2014
The cast is great, the plot sounds intriguing and I don't watch any other shows at 10 on Sundays so it is a go for me!
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Mar 14, 2014
Pilot was pretty good plenty to keep one interested no big deal breakers. And enough real curves and questions to make it worthwhile so yeah. Its worth watching.
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Mar 14, 2014
I would definitely watch because of Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor. I really like Rachael on 666 Park Ave and I hope this will not get cancel. I do hope it will not be too over the top or ridiculous. I already have The Following for that. It just need to be slightly better than Hostage.
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Mar 14, 2014
What I like: Gillian Anderson and Philip Noyce.

What I don't like: Just about everything else you mentioned about the show.

That said, I believe in giving a TV series a chance (I did it with Dads, only regret I have with my rule) so I will check out 2 or 3 episodes.
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Mar 14, 2014
I only read this review because of the picture of Gillian Anderson. Prefer to re-watch The Fall.
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Mar 14, 2014
Ha ha, no. The marketing materials have done nothing to draw me in, and this preview hasn't said anything to boost that.
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