Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Zero Hour?

You know and I know that an unidentified flying object landed in the Nevada desert in the late 1940s. You know and I know that crab people live on the moon and the government covered it up. And we're absolutely positive that President Obama is a socialist alien who's pushing an anti-gun agenda so his people can enslave us when we're unequipped to fight back. However, the greatest conspiracy of all is on ABC's new drama Zero Hour! But can your mind handle it? I watched the pilot episode twice, and I'm here to tell you one thing: PUT ON YOUR TINFOIL HAT AND PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ZERO HOUR!


I'm intrigued! What's Zero Hour about?

The better question is what isn't Zero Hour about, because it's a globetrotting trip on Insanity Airlines that includes clocks, Nazis, Rosicrucians (an ancient religious secret society), and so much more that I can't even mention here because I want you to feel the raw power of having your mind blown. But what I can tell you is that Anthony Edwards (Goose!) plays Hank Galliston, the head of a skeptics magazine whose clock-making wife is kidnapped as part of an ages-old plan for the Nazis to take over the world I think? Hank's employees Arron (Scott Michael Foster a.k.a. Greek's Cappy!) and Rachel (Addison Timlin) and a very sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo) tag along to help him.


That sounds like lunacy! Who came up with this?

The madman behind Zero Hour is Paul Scheuring, the creator of Fox's Prison Break. He hasn't done much since that show, mostly dabbling in unaired pilots. It's also worth noting that Taken director Pierre Morel helmed the pilot episode and is an executive producer. Also, I think some crazy homeless person on bath salts might have been involved.


When does Zero Hour start ticking?

Nothing says romance like a conspiracy thriller involving Nazis, so treat your Valentine to the premiere of Zero Hour on Thursday, February 14 at 8pm on ABC. If he or she hasn't walked out by 8:30pm, you've got yourself a keeper. Or a homicidal maniac.


What sort of audience is Zero Hour trying to grab?

People who liked The Da Vinci Code will want to give this a chance, as will every member of the Anthony Edwards Fan Club. The show might have some science-fiction elements to it, I'm not sure. But it's more FlashForward than [insert decent-to-good sci-fi property here].



What's good about Zero Hour?

The show certainly is imaginative! That's a nice way of saying that Zero Hour is all over the place, and for those of you who enjoy watching a series that makes little sense and just goes for it, you'll strike gold here. Zero Hour is loaded with twists and turns, some of which actually land, and there are a lot of appropriately shouty and sinister European actors. Also, this shouldn't be a series that drags out its big questions, as it's expected to wrap up the main mystery within its initial 13-episode order and reset things if it gets a second season. Edwards is so out-of-place as a TV hero that the disconnect actually works in the show's favor; you want to root for this guy!


What's not so good about Zero Hour?

"Good" is a relative term with this show, because really, it's all terrible—the dialogue, the acting, the plotting, all of it. But isn't that what can make it good? I mean, this show is so bonkers and bad that it's kind of fun to see how far it will go. Nazis! Possibly Nazi zombies! Maybe even weird babies and eternal life AND the threat of the end of the world? And lots and lots of clocks! I've seen the pilot twice and I have no idea what's going on. This is like the Double Dog Dare of television, see how long you can watch before going insane.


Would you recommend watching Zero Hour?

Oddly enough, yes, but only because you need to see it to believe it. As far as actually watching it and enjoying it? Nope, not a chance.


Let me see a trailer, please.

Here ya go!

Oops, wrong one. This is the guy you want:


What should I drink while watching Zero Hour?

Nothing! Don't you know your drink can be poisoned by the spooks who are watching you from that van across the street? The government puts brain-washing nanobots in the water supply, and bottled water is a money-grab orchestrated by Big Plastic! Don't drink anything EVER except your own spit!


Zero Hour premieres Thursday, February 14 at 8pm on ABC.


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Please review this show so I can laugh until I cry and dont have to watch the actual show. :-)
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Hey,"this site", should Tim still work at "this site". F*ck NO...at least on reviews no more. Complete and utter disgrace and garbage on how he handles some shows!
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Sounds like the last few seasons of Alias, where it went COMPLETELY OFF THE RAILS. So maybe this show will eventually turn into a taut counter-espionage thriller towards its end. Of course, it sounds like that'll have to happen within 10 episodes because that's how long it's gonna be around.
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Looks even worse than Revolution ! I'm gonna have so much fun watching this "looks like s..." show! For the pilot at least.
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I"m watching for Cappie!
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Haven't seen it yet, but I can't imagine a show more confusing than Revenge this season. Every time Emily/Aidan/Nolan get into a conversation, I have no idea what they are trying to do!
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This sounds like such a sure cancellation that it will definitely get all 13 episodes in AND get another season maybe.
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R.I.P. Goose.
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So it was just Tim's trick after all!! In the beginning, I almost bought this review! But when "Flashforward" was mentioned... Oh my oh my! I'll give it a pass!
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It sounds like another Lost wannabe
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Hahahaha, I really thought you were recommending it until the very end there. I don't know, it sounds like I probably WILL watch the pilot. I have to see it to believe it. From there, I don't know. . . But. . . CAPPY! :)

"For the love of Dan Brown, NO." Hahaha. You make good polls.
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Well I have seen the pilot also and I must like wearing tinfoil hats. I think I am going to like this show. Yes it was crazy and yes I may just go insane by watching it, but it grabbed me from the start and I think i will like this crazy ride. Besides I got to know what they pulled out of that water. The clocks are a strange prop in the show, but hey I thought the old clocks by the strange sect was interesting. Yes Edwards is a strange pick for a hero of a series and one I would not pick, but I will give him a chance. But I do have to agree the acting was pretty shoddy...So I am saying if you like strange and weird stories with religious undertones give this one a try..You just may like it, like I did......And besides Dan Brown may be thinking to himself..I wish I would have thought of that......
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Scott Michael Foster has a new show!!
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Looks Awful but i will give it a try. Good thing its only 13 eps.
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I never realized how much Zero Hour! (1957) influenced Airplane! From Wikipedia:

Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker (collectively known as ZAZ), wrote Airplane! while they were performing with the Kentucky Fried Theatre, a successful small theatre they founded in 1971. The trio came to the idea of spoofing airplane disaster films when they accidentally taped the 1957 film Zero Hour!, while they were looking for commercials to spoof.2 Abrahams later described Zero Hour! as "... the serious version of Airplane!".
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You had me at "tin foil hat!"
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Nazis, submarines, and demon babies? I'M THERE!!!
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The terrorist "White Vincent" seen in the clip is played by Michael Nyqvist who was the male lead in the awful Millenium trilogy. The ABC website doesn't even bother spelling his name right though. They call him "Michael Myqvist"
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As long as it's not "Michael MySpace"....
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It looks kinda like Warehouse 13, except it takes itself seriously. No.
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I hold out hope for it but may wait awhile to watch.
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If it gets low ratings tomorrow are we going to start acknowledging why that is or continue to think the shows are a joke?
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i'll watch it, but by the description its got all the elements of being cancelled,
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I saw the trailer and though, meh...
Then the review mentions Paul Scheuring (from Prison Break)...
Probably not gonna happen for me.

I have a theory about mid-season cancellation...
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this looks pretty awsesome. i just hope it doesen't drag out forever.
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why watch it? when ABC will end up cancelling it.....ABC should just have nothing on Thursday's at 8 pm....because everything that gets put on that death time slot, ends up cancelled....so it would just be a waste of time to watch something, get hooked, then end up cancelled....
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I watched it and it didn't get it, AT ALL!!! It reminded me of a bad version of the movie National Treasure though, more than the DaVinci Code...
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rofl! at first i though your review was exaggerated... then i saw the trailer! --- some guy on bath salts: agreed!
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I will surely watch it with the deep hopes that Tim would not even consider reviewing it..
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I couldn't make my mind up about what I thought about it so I will definately keep watching.
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Oh, no, weird children and the hero is looking for a "Leila". It's THE EVENT all over again. But wait that younger dude was in THE RIVER with that same scrappy beard. What? Twelve clocks like the 12 pendants of REVOLUTION? Reminding me of so many great shows, whats NOT to like about it? This can only be a CONSPIRACY!
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Sorry Tim, but the correct answer was Kool-Aid! You should drink Kool-Aid while watching this, preferably in a lead-lined bunker with your only companion, a cat who is actually a sleeper Cylon. But don't worry, that won't be revealed until season 4!
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anyone else noticed the wife's name is Laila, like the girl who was abducted in The Event's pilot??? that being said, I totally disagree with what most of you said: I'm in the middle of the pilot & I don't find it boring, at all!!! I'm glad Paul Scheuring pulled this off & I'm eagerly awaiting for the coming episodes, bout Last resort, get a grip u all: twas a sinking boat from the get go :)
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Last Resort would have lived on a different network, ABC's shows are targeted towards females and thus Last Resort had no decent lead in or timeslot. I think it should have been on Fox.
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when i watched the old trailer of Zero Hour .. it reminded me of Airplane 1980 ..
oh that was funny movie ..

but i dont think im gonna laugh in the new one , does anyone remember The River ?
it was so bad that ABC decided to continue airing it to the bitter end ..

this show looks like a very bad version of Nicolas Cage's " National Treasure : The Series "
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It's supposed to. :) Zero Hour was the inspiration for Airplane!
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I'll give it a try.

First thing I noticed was that it stars two former recurring characters from Californication... Addison Timlin and her nice rack. Oh, uh, Scott Michael Foster, too.
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The article confirms all of my suspicions. I think I will have to watch an episode just to see how bad it is. And then I'll probably watch some more just to find out what they mean by "harness evil". I just hope I'll be able to give it up after a few weeks of yelling "Why the hell am I watching this crap?" at the TV.

Oh, and I'm calling it right here. The hidden secret is the cross on which Jesus was crucified.
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Is this like The Event. Because that was crazy stupid, rather than crazy fun. Though I am not sure you could get dumber then The Event.
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Nazi conspiracies really sounded ridiculous. But the pilot had it's moments. It has a lot of problems to clean up, but some of the elements were interesting. And the treasure hunt, secret society thing had a different feeling than most of TV right now, which actually worked in it's favor. Plus, Anthony Edwards has an approachable every man quality that plays really well.

PS. LOL at Tim not being able to find a second half for his FlashForward analogy. Insert sci-fi show he doesn't think sucks.
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Guess what new show ABC is planning on cancelling next?
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I watched the Pilot on hulu+ for me its one and done!!
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Still can't let Last Resort go. :'(

If this gets renewed I'll watch it, but I'm not getting invested in another ABC show only to have it be cancelled because of horrible scheduling.
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You do realize that ABC has to put up some kind of programming on Thursdays at 8, right? I'll give you they green lighted some crap shows, but they can't just throw in the towel and say "nope timeslot's cursed." We can't compete with nearly canceled comedies and past it's sell-by-date musical competitions. They don't have to beat TBBT theory to have a successful show, just not get thrashed by NBC and the CW.
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Hello the return of The Event. Although, nothing will ever top Dempsey.
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God, I hope so much that this will be like The Event. I miss ranting about that show...
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This looks *a lot* sillier than The Event.
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The casting of Anthony Edwards alone was enough to put me off. If his on-screen personae could be bottled and sold, there would never again be such a thing as insomnia. And to ABC, it's good to see that you're consistent in scheduling 10PM shows at 8PM. /me again grumbles about sticking Last Resort in that totally inappropriate time slot.

As always, thanks for providing some much needed laughter, Tim. :-)
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Big Plastic :-)
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I have watched the pilot. It is actually not too bad. You would not find it boring. However, this type of show usually gets cancelled and you will end up not knowing the mystery at all. Did the writers thought of an answer? If the mystery is really going to be out in 13 episode and it pace the clues well every episode than I think the show have a chance !
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:D Great article..this could me my next guilty pleasure.
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Sounds like it may have been heavily influenced by The Event. Fingers crossed that Tim reviews this show.
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They shuffled out "Last Resort" to get this on the air. Another brilliant move by the brain-dead trust running ABC.
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They shuffled off Last Resort because it was getting beaten by The Vampire Diaries in the demo and has to be really expensive to make. This is just what they had waiting in the wings.
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You know, I understand that, but that's like cutting your middle schooler from the college varsity track team and replacing it with a candidate from Biggest Loser.
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Right, but it's still funny that they're replacing LR with something that everyone can see will fail.
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I'm not your target for that "joke." I thought LR looked like a failure from a mile away. I actually think this might have a chance if it sticks with the treasure hunt side and less Christian mysticism side. I don't know if it can hold a Thursday time slot, but it has a much much better chance than say 666 Park Avenue, actually thinking about it if it isn't too expensive to make Sunday nights might be a good place for it.
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Definitly gonna give it a go, I love Dana Andrews...
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