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Another day another death. Hostages is starting to pile up some dead bodies. What bothers me is that it's coming too late and is too low paced - for an action show.

There are some holes in the whole story. Those come with a big WHY? after them.

Well, what happened then?

In Off the Record we find the Sanders family getting locked up in their bedroom with the windows nailed shut and the door pad-locked. Ellen is the exception. She gets the key to the lock - in case Carlisle's plan goes sideways.

The plan is to save the President from being shot in New York by the other team of assassins. That goes well - in fact really well. The team of assassins are neutralized and team Carlisle is heading back home to the Sanders. All in line with the plan to kill the President at the scheduled surgery. Presumably to retrieve bone marrow to save Nina Carlisle. (And maybe Sawyer?)

Ellen helps Duncan withe the plan by getting building plans from Samantha at the Zirin group. For this she is rewarded an embrace and a kiss to go with it. Might be the meeting with Samantha made Ellen feel Brian deserved that.

We got some behind the scenes shots from the White House. VP J.Grant met with Vanessa Moore to get prepared to run for office. She also managed to meet with Col. Blair, who seems to call the shots, and get the lay of the land regarding the Carlisle take-down and the forthcoming end of the Sanders family.

We met up with Burton and Nina's mother, Kate. Who survived by luck, I guess.

I did like this episode for the minutes in New York. I disliked it for the half hour away from New York. That sums up the eleven episodes to date - Pick eleven minutes of each episode and discard the rest and you'd end up with 121 minutes of good film.

That's been done before.

(Trespass, 2011)

I did mention that I thought I'd seen this show before (in a comment to the pilot) and almost everything from Trespass can be found in Hostages. This is finalized by the kiss between the missus of the family and the hostage takers' leader.

The holes I wrote about above are those:
  • Why didn't Ellen unlock the door and free her family? The Carlisle crew was in N.Y.C!
  • Why did the assassin team get jumped so easily? The van with the sniper knew they were compromised - yet, they didn't keep a gun at the back doors! No support from a second unit?
  • Why keep trailing away from the main story - killing the President and the White House intrigues - with slow shots from the Sanders house and Nina's mother?
  • Why did Duncan think he could waste the assassin squad and not get picked up after that? Oh, yes - that's it - Duncan is taken hostage by a third assault team. We don't know who they are, yet.
We still have a few episodes to follow to see who sits in the Oval Office when New Year comes. Are we watching or has the waiting taken it's toll?


Am I totally off with my thoughts on the show. What did you think about Off the Record?


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Dec 06, 2013
there are bigger holes in the plot than in alabamas FG-team last week. i would love to know if the original show is as bad as this one. the worst part was the kissing-scene with ellen and duncan - REALLY??
well, i´ve made it this far so i´m gonna stick around for the final two episodes as well (which is inconsequent of mine since i´ve dropped the arrow for being poor).
Dec 06, 2013
Two normal length episodes and the two-hour finale, right?
As I said, why not just leave the house when they could?

So, pack the remaining four episodes in a bundle. Cut them down to 60 minutes and
give us a decent finale.
Dec 07, 2013
WOT - i thought i only had to suffer through two more episodes. now i learned there are 4 more :O
Dec 07, 2013
You can´t wait too long for something good, right?
(Decide if it´s the end of the show or the really good ending that´s the good thing.)
Dec 06, 2013
I got halfway through this episode then decided I would drop the series, it's been sooooo boring.....
Even worse, there are huge plot holes.
Carlisle doesn't need to kill the President to get his bone marrow. All he has to do is contact some major networks and tell them that the President fathered a child (leave the whole rape thing out to get his cooperation) and now she needs help. Being a politician, he will donate his bone marrow to not seem like a monster who is unwilling to save his children.
Problem solved.
Dec 05, 2013
And then, the scales have tipped. Not so bad, suddenly.
Thanks for voting, guys!
Dec 04, 2013
Aargh! The poll isn't looking that optimistic atm. Was I too harsh in my recap?
Or is this merely the result of a spiral effect down the abyss?

Wait, don´t answer that.
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