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Crisis S01E01: "Pilot"


NBC held the debut of its hostage drama Crisis until late in the midseason, probably so it wouldn't compete with CBS's Hostages, which premiered in the fall. And probably also because Crisis's premise is shaky and the result is all kinds of silly. And okay, probably ALSO because the series underwent an unplanned production hiatus in November for "course correction" and script-tweaking. After all, everything about the series' first hour was pretty unbelievable—from the super-intelligent, has-an-answer-for-everything-that-could-possibly-go-wrong evil mastermind behind the hostage situation to the fact that Gillian Anderson, who's recently done fantastic work in both The Fall and Hannibal, ever joined the project in the first place. But there's also something to be said about the pilot's various twists and the show's over-the-top drama; to me, they somehow work.

Crisis's premise is rather simple: A school bus carrying the children of Washington D.C.'s most elite individuals, including the daughter of a top CEO and the POTUS's son, is ambushed during a field trip, and the kids are taken hostage along with their teacher and a parent chaperone played by Dermot Mulroney. It's the details that make the story simultaneously interesting and completely ridiculous. Because of the president's son's security detail, at least one of the Secret Service agents assigned to protect him had to be in on the plot. And as we saw in the premiere, one of the usual guys was conveniently out sick, so a rookie agent named Marcus Finley, played by a very good Lance Gross, filled in. But it wasn't Finley who'd switched allegiances, it was the veteran Agent Hurst, who shot Finley after he did what he'd been trained to do: protect the president's son at all costs.


From there, the episode spun wildly out of control as the bus was deliberately driven out of cell phone range, Finley and one of the kids escaped only to be pursued by the enemy, and the children were drugged so that GPS trackers their parents had implanted in their molars and under their skin could be removed. And then it was revealed that the seemingly weak parent chaperone—Mulroney's Francis Gibson, who's also an ex-CIA analyst—is actually behind the entire thing. And it's for *deep voice* revengeeeeee.

The pilot did a fine job of portraying Gibson as a spineless, recently divorced man who simply wanted his daughter to respect him, only to go and unmask him as the brilliant mastermind behind the kidnapping. His handwritten notebook detailing every step of the diabolical plan—right down to the bit where he pretended to jump a security guard and lost a finger in the process—was a nice touch that elevated him from being a complete and total wackjob to being a complete and total wackjob with a plan. The guy willingly had his finger chopped off in the name of revenge! Not even Emily Thorne is that ballsy, and Revenge is the name of her damn show! So while Crisis hasn't yet clarified WHY Gibson is seeking vengeance—all we know is that his reasoning has something to do being forced to take the fall for a mysterious something-or-other called Operation Lennox that went belly-up—I'll admit that I'm intrigued. Because I don't know about you, but anytime someone willingly loses an appendage in the name of a scheme, I sit up and take notice. 


So yeah, Crisis is pretty ridiculous. It's also full of plot holes; for example, the hostages had no way to communicate with the outside world, yet somehow the FBI discovered that the children were missing fairly quickly, and it was never explained how they did so. But I actually think the show could stand to be sillier, and even more dramatic. Because even though it's fairly generic in so many ways, if it can commit to going balls-to-the-wall, it just might have a chance. 

Right now, Gibson's villain appears to be invincible, and his thirst for revenge feels very much like a pissing contest. He has all the answers in his revenge notebook, he's watching the FBI's every move via the video surveillance cameras at the school, and he's making demands of his fellow parents by promising their children's safety in exchange for their cooperation. Mulroney handles the role well, but I want more from him and from the series.


Thankfully, several soapy developments that occurred in the pilot have the potential to push Crisis further over the top. Like the twist involving Rachael Taylor's FBI agent Susie, in which we learned that Amber, the hostage we thought was Susie's niece, is actually her daughter. As it turns out, Susie's sister—Anderson's big-shot CEO—raised Amber as her own because Susie was barely an adult when Amber was born. There was also a moment between Amber and her teacher (One Tree Hill's James Lafferty) that alluded to an illicit relationship between the two because apparently TV writers still think disgusting teacher/student relationships are a good trope. And finally, we have the idea that not all of the men and women involved in the hostage situation are willing participants, but involuntary pawns who were forced into playing along (like Agent Hurst). 

So much is happening already that it's hard to think of Crisis as a serious drama. The show clearly suffers from thinking that it's smarter than it actually is, and if it wants to succeed, it's going to need to embrace the more out-there storylines it's already presented, and pray that viewers find them compelling enough to want to see how they play out. Make no mistake, Crisis isn't great television, but it could become a show we love to hate-watch, and that might be all it needs.



NOTES

– It seems pretty obvious that Gibson is doing all this to clear his name, take down the assholes who framed him, and hopefully win back his daughter's love, but I don't really think manipulating her like this is going to make her love him again. He probably thinks he'll get away with it because he's cocky now, but let's be honest: There's only one way this situation can end, and Gibson is not going to win.

– Finley was shot and yet still managed to run around quite a bit. I know he said it wasn't that serious, but DUDE YOU WERE SHOT AND NOW YOU'RE RUNNING AROUND THE WOODS AND FIGHTING BAD GUYS LIKE IT AIN'T NO THANG. Utterly insane. The only saving grace is that he really did look worse for wear near the end of the episode, once help was on its way.

– Is it just me, or did the opening scene of the pilot sound like it was scored to a rip-off of the Eleventh Doctor's theme from Doctor Who?


What'd you think of Crisis's series premiere? Will you stick around for Episode 2?


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AIRED ON 6/21/2014

Season 1 : Episode 13

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So this show ended well its even more stupid then Under the Dome and that saying something the thing is I am on episode 3 and starting to get bored already. There are too many plot holes in this how come the place where the kids are is on a paper route and also poor Rachael Taylor was she in the horror based show in Apartments which was marginally better then this boy she needs a better agent. I stop watching now I think I try Penny Dreadful again they said it gets better.
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About your plot hole example Kaitlin Thomas. You clean forgot about the secret service agents in the lead car who rushed ahead to secure their next stop. After these guys had passed... then the baddies blocked the road and the rest was history. So when these SS agents noticed no convoy arriving, and couldn't reach them... they would have called it in.
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What song was the school choir singing at the beginning of the episode? Both fragments too short for the shazam I am afraid...
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It's so stupid. Gibson has more resources that FBI, CIA, SECRET SERVICE? He doesn't even has a noble cause. He wouldn't care about those soldiers if his wife hadn't betrayed him with Wildener. Gross Show!
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If the final episode has a clean ending to the plot. This will be a one season wonder. There is no way this can play out with the same scenario to a different set of people YET AGAIN. But it is good to have tv shows like this that only last one season. Better then a 2 or 3 hour special. This will at least get drawn out a little longer then usual and then finito.
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I like the show, but I believe it will be a little difficult for people to connect with the characters. If it doesn’t make it, it’s because of that. The plot is pretty good, not ridiculous at all. All fiction shows are fantastical, no exceptions. The pilot posed many questions for viewers, some obvious and others were subtle.

“It's also full of plot holes; for example, the hostages had no way to communicate with the outside world, yet somehow the FBI discovered that the children were missing fairly quickly, and it was never explained how they did so.” I disagree with Kaitlin, no plot hole there. The explanation was built into the plot. Re-watch the pilot again. Don’t forget, a few scenes were not in sequence.

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OK i just finished watching it and i fast forward it the majority of the way. i's just too stupid, I'm done.
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Dude, I don't know what ur ranting about, the show is simply amazing.
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While television and cinema does suspend disbelief, this show jumped the shark long ago. Too many holes in the plot, and some utterly laughable scenarios that go beyond fantasy and proceed right to "stupid." The premise was promising, but it's about a three episode mini-series at best. That having been said, I'm continuing to watch only to see how much more stupid it can become.
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I just want to add that both main actresses are awesome.
It is a pleasure to just watch Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor.

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I only saw half of it and I'll finish watching it. but, it is rather weak. I don't think they can go really far with that idea of pushing parents to do things when their kids are taken hostages. that would work for two or three episodes, not more. On top of it, the main detective being directly involved with one of the hostages: first, the teen is her sister's daughter and finally, it turns out that she is the daughter of the FBI agent. I mean, come on folks, can it be more ridiculous than that ? Also, these teens are annoying: kill them off quickly ...
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I actually like this show so far, and I disagree: if the plot twists get any weirder, that will put me off! They're still in the realm of the semi-believable for me at the moment, so I've been enjoying the ride.
Also, someone needs to punch that Luke kid in the face, hard.
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I only made it through the first part of the first episode, thought it was pretty dumb and badly done. Still, maybe the plot turns will make it better, or maybe the show won't be this bad all the way through.

By the way, the term 'disgusting teacher-student relationships' should actually read 'sexual abuse of a student by a teacher'-no matter how 'mutual' they may play it on tv, that ain't what it is in real life.
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OK, just completed the 3 episode sniff test and I think this one is now DOA for me. Too much hokey stuff, such as these super powerful parents doing all the kidnappers bidding, none of them contacting the FBI. The two agents taking out those special forces guys so easily....etc etc... Also the acting in this show is pretty damn bad.
I am intrigued however about that CIA operation the General fessed up to, but the show just doesn't have much other meat on the bone. No way they can string this on for more than one season and these writers have given me no reason to believe they could handle a Season 2 anyway.
Sorry for Gillian Anderson, great, professional actress, surprised she got involved in this show to begin with.
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Firstly - I don' find it so strange that the FBI had found out about the kidnapping that fast - I assume the Secret Service agents should have been in contact with the SS headquarters regularly and suddenly all the contact disappears - both from the kids and from the agents - and the bus was probably found empty on the road quickly - That should be enough to alert the authorities and kidnapping is usually handled by the FBI

If we're talking about stupid plots then criticize "Sleeping Hollow" which main character is still running around in uniform clothes - that is a jacket and boots from the 1700 or something and still looks as messy as when he appeared in the swamp in eps 1 - I mean come on!! - And hello - would anyone from the 1700 adapt that quickly in a modern world with cars - TV - smart phones - tablets - computers and all that without counseling or hiding himself in some corner of a room? - *lol*

Personally I find Crisis enjoyable and entertaining - Rachael Taylor is a cute - although maybe not a very convincing FBI agent - But hey - maybe the FBI consists of loads of cute blond but intelligent and tough agents - what do I know? - *lol* - All I can say is that Crisis has a more believable plot then Hostages and the villains in Crisis seem to be more tech updated then those in Hostages - I liked that and I plan to keep on watching the show - Hopefully it stays alive for more than one season
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After watching the second episode I'm curious as to how they will be able to keep this up for more than one season.
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They can't. But then they named it Crisis, they could just come up with another crisis for season 2 and any other seasons.
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Sorry but there won't be any future seasons..Let's just get through this one first! Of course an absolute pile of feces show like the Following got a 2nd season, anything is possible.
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I quite liked this, much better 1st ep than Hostages, I think I'll take another slice!
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They knew something happen when the Special agent didn't call in, that plus the GPS trackers are likely to trigger an alert if they are ever go dead. An 20 of them going dead at the same time would trigger a massive alert combine that with the fact it the president son and his protection details have also gone dead it pretty obvious that the answer is that they have been kidnapped, in fact as soon as they got eyes on the bus it would have became obvious.
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Garbage. Another show to manipulate the public - instill fear and prime the people to accept drones and other unconstitutional methods under the patriot act. Quit by now. Enough.
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It Do Be A Conspiracy! Here Come Daloomanotee!
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Managed to watch it and I can't believe so many good actors were wasted here (except for the kids, they were all terrible). Not a good show at all.
Premise is not bad but the execution is aweful (especially noticed the bad direction). This was a waste of my time too.
And Gillian Anderson? She's not worth anything. Not even back when she was Scully. Get over it already.
The only good here is Lance Gross and Michael Beech. And Rachael Taylor is pretty. She should've been in Wolf Of Wall Street, not Margot Robbie.
Oh well...

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All the whining - sheesh - *laffs*
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Call me biased but I liked the premise of this show, how much parents -with apparent unlimited resources and relations-are willing to do for their kids, definitely sounds promising. I must say as well that I've been a fan of GIllian Anderson's work, so there's the bias. Hopefully the show doesn't turn out as unbelievable as Hostages, that was a big bummer. We'll see in the next two episodes how it turns out, but definitely having more characters involved in the plot makes it way more interesting and there's an opportunity for surprise and a bit of realism into how much can the orchestrator et al can do.
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Two shows are fighting it out this spring tv season for the amorous affections of the Monkeys with football obsessions. Those monkeys are in for a real treat this TV season. First on NBC they have "Believe" a supernatural SNAFU if I've ever seen one. And finally you have CBS' "Crisis" --- you would have thought after "Hostages" flatlined most of the summer CBS' would have been a little more gunshy about getting back into the ring with a dubious concept such as "Crisis". It is one of those James Bond-esque type scenarios where an overly complex plot to avenge some wrong on a government turns out to be defeated by a hand signalling chimp with a penchant for tranquilizers and an owner with a need for bare knuckle brawling. Not really that exactly but something just as amusing and as misguided.

The real heart of this show is not mystery, not the revenge, not even the twists, but the stupidity. The fact is the best way to make Americans feel as if they smart-- is by simply piling so many simple things into a script that some how people start to believe it is complex. Fact: it is not! But that is why shows like Once Upon A Time, Lost, Desperate House Wives, ect and so on... all did and Americans loved it. Why because Americans are culturally deficient really.

My only hope is that this show will be cancelled soon.
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I think you find lots of people outside America love Lost and Once Upon a time has a pretty big following as well.
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I do believe Believe will survive. Crisis will be in crisis.
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I'd say they're both toast..or should be
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That depends on the father and daughter relationship and on whether they can keep coming up with interesting plots for the two characters.
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The only way this is going to work is if they follow "The Following"'s play book. Make it so ridiculous that you have to keep watching to see how far they are willing to take it. They certainly have the actors for it.
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Some of the major problems of this episode have been covered by others, I just thought I'd mention some of the more minor, but kind of annoying problems I found. For one thing, I found the music kind of annoying, how it changed whenever the tone of a scene changed. I'm sure that happens a lot in other series, but here it was both obvious and annoying. I thought the agent's use of the captured walkie talkie toward the end was kind of silly. I mean, you'd think a trained agent would want to maybe keep something like that so the techno geeks back at the CIA or wherever could use it to perhaps track down the thugs. But instead, this agent couldn't resist using it to tell the thugs basically, "I'm going to git ya, I'm going to git ya," thus alerting the thugs it was compromised. If he hadn't done that, maybe the brainiac at the other end would have answered when the techno geeks got around to using it to track him down.

Then there was the thing with the cell phone that the agent left on so his buds could track him and the kid. He just places it up on the apex of the roof they were sitting on--sitting out in the open by the way. I was kind of hoping it would just slide, perhaps slowly, down off the roof and crash onto the ground, maybe as the kid was just sitting there, watching it slowly slide on past him. That would have been rich.

Then, there was that overly-dramatic stretch were the kid--the overly stocky kid--and the audience is made to wonder whether the agent is dead on the roof. "Finley, Finley, Finley, Finley, Finley...." It's just too bad Finley didn't lift up his head only to see the kid gnawing on his arm. "I was hungry. I thought you were dead. The phone dropped. I have to eat."

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Although there were a few moments where I cringed at the foolishness of the character's decisions (idiot FBI dude trying to threaten the baddies on the walkie talkie. Seriously? That scene was embarrassing.), and I was annoyed by what seemed to be network-inflicted tweaks, overall, I enjoyed the show and look forward to seeing how they develop things. Am I partly biased because I think anything Gillian Anderson does is great? Maybe. It's not perfect, but it was interesting and has potential.
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Well I gave 4 eps to Toni Colette & Hostages so I will do the same here... especially for GA! ;-P
(Just in case you want to know: 4 eps was all I gave Hostages...)
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Kait how come you didnt add a poll? I havent watched this show and I wanted to see yo poll results.

I wont read the review before watching it, unless poll says it sucked.

I still like Dana Scully. I hope Gilly aint all stoneface stoic like she is on Hannibal. It be creepinmeout!
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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This show is so ridiculous, that I can't stop laughing! The guy deflected a bullet with his rib! And red spy drones! And the trained eye of an FBI agent, that can spot anyone from a mile in front, even from the backseat of a chopper! My God, I can't stop laughing!
Seeing the bad acting of Gibson, as he wants to sell himself as a desperate weekend dad, I instantly knew that he is a bad guy. After that, as the show fed me with more cliche after cliche I was somewhat dispappointed that John McClane didn't show up.
What I didn't like was the too much exposure to green screen driving and the no blood policy. The rookie and a bad guy gets shot, resulting in as much blood loss that would just wet their sirt and dirty his hand. And they not just nipped off the top of Gibson's pinky with a nail clipper, but hacked off that finger with a part of his palm, but still not a drop of blood was shed.
Best part of the pilot: Product Placement Fail

The Black Berry won't get service even with full bars.

Or maybe this was the return message for the show makers, when they sent out the pilot to get some screen time.
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Now, that I have somewhat calmed down... this show is not that bad. At least if you won't get mortified after the first ten minutes.
The show operates with a flood of cliche characters and lines, but even if you could, you won't have time to guess what comes next, because there are so many storylines, that the time you register it as another cliche, it has already slipped into the next one. The show offers nothing overly clever mystery, that you have to figure out or really deep characters that are not so good/bad as they seem at first, but offers entertainment on a level of a DVD-only film. And we will probably get a season full of action as we get to know the kids of the star class and their parents, and as Gibson crosses the pages of his plaid notebook.

Just two things that left to bother me:
1) Gibson's notebook seemed pretty thin. Does that mean that the show won't run long, or he will start to improvise?
2) What do you call the son of POTUS? SOPOTUS? Or if the First Ladis is FLOTUS, then is it FSOTUS?
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Kaitlin, I usually liked your reviews. I even liked the "should I watch CRISIS" preview but I must say I disagree with you on this one.

I do not think the show is ridiculous at all. At least not from the pilot. I will reserved judgement for future episodes. Under the Dome, The Following and the recent episodes of Helix are ridiculous but this pilot was quite solid.

The plot holes you mentioned were being answered as pointed out by someone below.

My understanding of Gibson is he was a spineless nice guy CIA analyst before and because he was like that, he was being framed by his boss and his family looked down on him. He probably hit rock bottom and changed. I think that is a believable back story.

As for Lance getting shot, he was shot once and I have seen someone get shot many more times and still running around on many more TV shows.

The pilot looks way better than hostage (which was not terrible and I watch till the end). It has a good cast. Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor are very nice to watch. Lance Gross and Dermot Mulroney are surprisingly good. The kids are mostly not annoying.

Me and my wife very impressed. We liked the twist in the middle and was genuinely surprised !

It had good pace and we are excited to watch episode two.

I do hoped it will not become procedural like The Blacklist now. My wife already stopped watching blacklist and I am barely hanging on.

I read production was stopped so they could re-write the later episodes to be more in tune with the pilot. That sounds good.

Does anyone knows if it is 13 episodes? It will be easier to keep the pace if it was just 13.
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I don't think he was spineless, if he was spineless the other agent wouldn't have bought a sniper along, but he isn't someone who is a physical fighter, he someone who fight his battles with his mind and the other agent clearly wanted him to be outside of the agency so he could avoid battling him in the first place.

Also the agent that shot the other special agent clearly didn't shoot to kill, he was clearly aiming for his arm, elbow. armpit. It be a great twist if it turn out the black guy was suppose to get away with the boy and kill the bloke that was sent after him, just so the guy could get close to the operation to track down the kids. An he could also return one of the kids to his father without leaving any trails to where they are holding the other kids, thus reinforcing the idea among the other parents minds that their kids will be return if they just follow the rules he set out.
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It was all right. The major issue is NBC. You can kind of see their fingerprints all over it. Gibson's character was revealed way too early. NBC is trying to hit on something that they have had recent success with and that is the "Big Bad". You have Hannibal on well Hannibal and you have Red Redddington in The Black List. This two shows have been very successful for NBC, in fact other than Grimm these are their only really successful shows at least critically. I think they are trying to mimic that with Mulroney's character. These characters are larger that life and have near mythological abilities. And I am not sure the Gibson character pulls it off. He was a CIA guy steeped in mystery, somehow his friend screwed him over which all led to this. His has this book that he went over everything with before he started what he is doing.

That is all well and good but at some point the viewer is going to be like, really?Granted there are people out there that could think all of this up. That could plan all of this, but since they introduced him and haven't fully explained his motivations it just seems like a cheap knock off of something that has been seen before. This can be fixed and likely it will, but is it going to be fixed before this show starts to drop viewers? That I don't know.

The rest was just ok. The rookie secret service agent is going to be tasked with the lead FBI agent. The FBI agent that had a secret child, seems like it has been done and overused. Also, to get to a position where she is handling national security threats, she would have been vetted through and through, ever aspect of her life from birth to application would have been accounted for. Including her having a baby and letting her sister raise her. Sorry, there are many things that you can hide, but those things don't have official records like a hospital record of a birth.

The kids are likely going to be annoying. Though I did find Anton hilarious.

The investigation is going to be met with stupidity. One of those kids or a select few of those kids is not like the other. Gibson's daughter would stand out as someone that the terrorists wouldn't need. She is supposedly on scholarship? Is she? who is fronting the scholarship, the school? Fitch? Secretly her father? Why take her? So on and so forth, when you start analyzing it all out she starts to stick out and then so does Gibson, if they don't talk to his friend that screwed him over within the next two episodes then they are crappy at their jobs.

This could be a great show. But I fear that it is going to be way too campy, way too trite and stuffed with convenient bouts of stupidity to further the plot when they need it.

I enjoyed it for the most part but I doubt I will make it past the second episode.
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I presume Gibson took his daughter because he fear that his enemies in the CIA would use her against him, after all they have done exactly that in the past by having a sniper pointed at her. An CIA analyst with this level of expertise would be well paid so he be able to afford to send his girl to a private school anyway.
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Nice pilot, I love series, when the bad guy is the good guy. Sometimes you need to do a necessary evil. But in real life, not many parent would try to safe their child if it means to doom their own lives. Some may say they would, but they really wouldn't.
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I think it should be mandatory that these "critics" watch the show at least twice before they rush to write a review. Because inevitably they seemingly find fault with something that if they'd payed closer attention to would not be an issue. Case in point... the above article says this...

"It's also full of plot holes; for example, the hostages had no way to communicate with the outside world, yet somehow the FBI discovered that the children were missing fairly quickly, and it was never explained how they did so."
Um..... Yeah, they did.
They did in fact explain how they found out so quickly, or did you forget that their were TWO SUV's escorting the children, and it was the SVU that was sent ahead to secure the restaurant that was responsible for alerting them to the facts. It was an entire scene for crying out loud where they detailed the information received from those particular agents.

This show has alot of potential and I usually avoid shows such as this, because they generally don't last, but here's hoping the can pull a rabbit out of the hat and avoid all the troubles that come with a show like this. Inept Government agents, Manufactured drama, Hide your face dumb decisions that make you cringe, child of the week peril, and of course the biggest killer of all, bad acting. The only thing worse than watching that supposed mercenary track the Agent through the woods was watching that child actor out-act the adults.
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They did in fact explain how they found out so quickly, or did you forget that their were TWO SUV's escorting the children
Very observant!!
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I missed it, which is sad because I meant to record it if for no other reason than Gillian Anderson.

I tend to give a lot of pilots a chance... they're finding their footing and trying to give you enough of an info-dump to introduce you to a new world. So unless the show has completely wrecked itself in my eyes, I give it the 4-episode test... sometimes a half-season test if there's not enough on.
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I really liked this. I thought for a first episode there were quite a lot of reveal no stringing you along . I admit it had some weak dialogue at time but it was still pretty much better than lots of stuff out there.
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Better than Hostages is what I take from this show even if the title's should be swapped.
It was a surprise to find out Gibson was one of the bad guys, though immediately after the end scene at his daughters b'day party, I thought that the reasons for him doing it were unsatisfactory. I guess I'm still waiting for the real puppet master to appear from the shadows (the one who's funded the plan and convinced Gibson to mastermind it through his notebook as well as had the sniper trained on his daughter)
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Nitpick: "eluded" should be "alluded" above.

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Ha! Thanks for catching that!
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I know sometimes a typo can be...elusive. ;-)

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How is this any more ridiculous as other TV shows on air? Seriously, stop pretending to be sophisticated. It only shows how shallow you really are. Most TV shows have ridiculous premises, including this one
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i kind of want this show to be the one where you root for villain . like he is trying to bring down a corrupt government . like in Law Abiding Citizen where villain was real hero , and in the end when he has successfully brought govt to its knees and exposed the corruption to everyone , he kills himself instead of getting arrested .

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Completely agree. What I took from Law Abiding Citizen is that Jamie Foxx's character had really learned nothing, managed to kill Gerard Butler (how was he not in jail for placing the bomb in the cell instead of defusing it?) and somehow got to live happily ever after at home.
Sometimes it's nice to see the dark vigilante win against a frail system that rewards bad guys / doesn't punish them enough
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Jamie Foxx not being sent to jail... well it's a tough call.

Considering he's no bomb expert, time was of the essence, and Gerard Butler could have detonated it at any time... he could probably get by on that alone. I didn't know how to defuse it, so I just moved it. It was a safe place with strong walls and nobody else around, and cellphone signal was weak. The guy essentially killed himself.

But considering the shear damage Gerard Butler did to members of the justice system: I imagine a DA would be hard pressed to charge him, a jury would be hard pressed to convict him, and a judge would be VERY hard pressed to let a conviction go through.
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That's just it though, they could have sealed up Butler's escape passage and had bomb disposal deal with the bomb, which would have taken the same amount of time as removing the bomb and placing it in the cell. either that or moving the bomb to where there are no casualties. however you cut it, Foxx's character and the police knew the bomb would blow and yet they killed a man instead of diffusing it, which I think is the whole point of Butler's vigilantism.
It's just a one-sided argument. how can Butler be in prison for getting revenge for his dead family and Foxx gets to go home to his family (after killing the man who murdered his colleagues)?
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Don't get me wrong, on paper what Jamie did was wrong. He relied on vigilante justice and killed someone. And actually I imagine the whole debate would make for a good discussion in an ethics class.

On the regular (non-ethical) law side, Gerard Butler's death kind of falls in the "self defense / defense of others category" even better than most textbook examples. There's sometimes ambiguity of whether a criminal 100% was going to do something violent before being shot by a cop or whatever. Here there was none, he only died BECAUSE he tried to kill others.

Taking a step away from THAT however... Gerard Butler killed a lot of people, most of whom were both legally AND morally innocent. It was bad enough to kill a criminal that avoided jail, but to torture people and kill secretaries / paralegals / lawyers / etc. He was actually a textbook definition of a "terrorist" and I REALLY hate using that word but he was using violence and death and fear to spread panic.

Jamie Foxx did technically kill Gerard Butler. But really, it was Gerard Butler who killed HIMSELF. He had the option to stand down but instead chose to detonate a bomb. EVEN though he got satisfaction that he finally got his point across.

Also realistically, leaving him alive would have been problematic. Chances are he'd just cause more trouble even in super-max, or just escape entirely and continue his free reign.

So honestly, what Jamie Foxx did was wrong. On the other hand, a violent criminal can be killed / shot in the middle of performing his violent act and that's exactly what happened here.


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Its kind of a pilot , which forced me to think whats gonna happen next , so that will make me stick to it. I like any character who is are too damn intelligent .
Any character in any show who is know it all type , is my favourite , and main villain in this one is like that so i like him and so the show.
to answer how FBI got notified : The secret detail that went ahead to secure the place where Bus was gonna stop , Bus never reached there. SO they went back to check it out and found empty bus. and they informed FBI. thats not a big issue to think over too much.
Only thing i did not like about show is , Stupid teacher / student affair. That is never a good thing especially when there is big visible age difference between student and teacher . If they wanted to go on that road they should have atleast tried to make james lafferty look young like nathan scott by shaving his beard and putting on some makeup.
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There were aspects I liked, but overall, I can't see myself tuning in for more. If I have the time next week, I might give it another try, but... meh.

As I feared, I hated the kids. And really? You're throwing in teacher-student relationship drama? GTFO.

Also, who the hell directed this? One of the reasons I watched this is that Rand Ravich is the creator and writer... and while it wasn't particularly good, the writing actually wasn't all that bad. But the directing... I've never seen so many annoying full-on face-shots. It's like the work of some really dull amateur who thinks that's the best (and only?) way to direct dialogue. Goddamn that was ugly directing. Ruined a lot of it for me.

I'm just saddened that this was created by Ravich, and featured Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney (although, I'm having trouble remembering liking anything he's been in), and a cameo (maybe recurring?) from Mark Valley.
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I liked this show until the twist that the father was bad. I never saw it coming and i'm not sure how i feel about it. I'll give epsiode 2 a chance and see if its worth watching.
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Except there several twists to his character, first he was just being a good dad trying to spend sometime with his daughter, then there as the good CIA agent that is one of the FBI hopes to rescue the kids, then he revel he the evil dude behind all of this, then it suddenly review that he may not be quite so evil after all.
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I can understand the words "interesting" and "ridiculous" being used to describe "Alice in Wonderland" or your average animated series, but to a show that's supposed to be a drama? I don't know, this review doesn't really make any sense to me.
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It was okay, better than I expected and I think I'll stick with it for a few more episodes...

Though I hope pervert teacher has something more than a finger chopped off... Come-on, even kidnappers have standards.
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This is just to ridiculous for me. Id list all the crazy things that make it so but most of them are in the review and I'm not spending that much time on a show I probably wont watch.
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alluded to an illicit relationship not elude
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I kinda liked it. I don't already watch anything on Sundays and love seeing Anderson, so I probably will at least watch next week. One question, did the dad SAY the notebook was his? When he mentioned that his daughter wasn't in the book but the secret service guy was, it made me feel like maybe someone gave him the notebook and made him do this. Or I may just be hoping for a more complex problem than the show has to offer.
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I thought Gibson being the mastermind was a neat twist, but is he really the mastermind? (Especially since the previews ask 'Who's in control?') In the flashback, when Mark Valley's character turned up at his door and said that he had a sniper on his daughter, I thought it could also mean that Gibson might be blackmailed into carrying out this whole thing.
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What are you talking about? Being shot and then running around kicking ass is a thang on TV dramas, where you been. Lydia falling 8 stories--Max Martini--and living to tell the tale? Amanda falling off a balcony--pregnant as hell--and spending a couple days in the hospital? Okay, I stopped watching that, but c'mon, getting shot on TV ain't nothin', unless it makes you dead.

This was pretty bad, but hey, I felt as you did about it. Balls-to-the-wall seems to work (see Bansheeee). I'll see a few more...
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Most of the time death is hardly a problem for the character to come back from.
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NBC ran a promo for this containing what has to be the broadest comparison possible: "From the network that brought you The Blacklist!"

You mean the same one that brought you Pink Lady And Jeff?
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Well, they probably figured saying, "The network that brought you The Blacklist, and little else," wasn't a good idea.
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They could have said "From the network that brought you Grimm"!

Then again, perhaps we should be thankful they didn't say, "From the network that brought you Dracula"!
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They could have said from the network that brought you, Hannibal probably the best tv show that no one watches.
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I thought it was pretty watchable, with only one BIG problem : the villain. Revenge for being a nobody ? For being fired and divorced ? Come on !
I can embrace The Bride going all bloody for losing her baby, i can get 'Revenge' for having a loving dad framed, but this ? Not this !
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This is one for the Hostages and Scandal fans.
Pass, on so many levels.
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I'm out too. Did remind me of Hostages. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
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