Hostages

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

33
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2013 on CBS
7.0
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Dr. Ellen Sanders and her family are taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent who threats to killl them if she doesn't kill the President in an upcoming surgery she will be performing on him.

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  • Uninteresting

    4.0
    This is one of those shows, like Prison Break, where the premise makes it hard to imagine how they can possibly keep it going for more than a month. But I suppose they've got some plan that allows them to drag out the concept of a group of shadowy people holding a doctor's family hostage for years.



    After the first episode, I have no interest in their plan. The pilot has a lot of setup, as it introduces you to its characters, and the first immediate problem is none of them are interesting except the head bad guy. When things finally start happening, it all seems very stupid, something emphasized by some really poor dialogue. And while the reviews I read, both bad and good, mentioned an interesting twist at the end, their concept of "twist" seems wanting; that's not a twist, it's just a plot point.



    There are a couple of moments in the show, like a scene in the bathroom, that made me a little curious about how the story arc would go. But not nearly curious enough to actually watch this.moreless
  • More Martin Sola!!!

    6.0
    Frankly I didn't know what to make of this show. All I can say is the guest stars like Martin Sola as the FBI agent# 1 were the only ones who made sense. Bravo Martin!
  • Pilot

    7.0
    At times the acting was pretty poor, but this is an interesting premise and a nice change of pace for CBS. I do not know how long they can keep one story like this going, certainly not for 15 episodes, but they did entertain me. Curious to see where this goes.
  • What Conspiracy?

    8.0
    This show has an interesting premise: how to kill a president. But, it has no "jumping-off" point. We don't know who the president is and what he stands for or who those who want to kill him and their agenda. Of course, this is by design. However, it leaves a big gap for each episode to fill-in. Crucially, this makes this first, or pilot, a pre-cursor to something big.



    Taking cues from the beliefs that JFK was actually executed by a shadow government, . government insiders with a hidden agenda, Hostages begins with a fairly plausible storyline that in this day the execution of a president could be accomplished not with a bullet, but with a relatively benign hospital procedure. So far, so .



    Clive Owen stars as a "rouge" FBI agent who is that way in a very controlled and calculated fashion. Though he takes chances, the chances he takes are statistically sound and inherently brilliant. He gets the job done with little, if any, collateral damage. This makes him stand out and apparently that gets him in focus of the "shadow government" whose agenda he is perfect to perpetuate. Toni Collette is top-tier doctor/surgeon who a president, not unlike Jimmy Carter, picks as his choice for a needed surgical procedure. Although he can have the top military doctors as an everyman he chooses to have surgery in a civilian hospital with a civilian doctor. Apparently this is a bad choice as the shadow government coops the civilian doctor to kill him by holding her family hostage.



    Hostages has great promise. As we approach the 50th anniversary of JFK"s assassination is simply isn't unthinkable that someone besides the president controls the "big picture". Sometimes that picture needs a correction which may just include the death of the president. How to accomplish that is, as of now, the modus operandi of this series.



    Toni Collette and Clive Owen are more than excellent in their roles, however it isn't clear if the parts they make up are as inspired as their casting. It seems this is by design as this series is purposely slow to reveal a bigger picture. Collette is brilliant in the role of a very conflicted participant in the role of a murderer. She can either cause her family's demise or go with killing the president. Of course, she can't go quietly into the black. She makes it very personal in the last scene as the camera pans to a full-on defiant smirk as she claims a bit of power back from the puppet-masters.moreless
  • Quite Good.

    8.0
    This family is so dysfunctional, I really don't think all the secrets should have been known in the pilot episode. Apart from that, I thought it was a good episode and I will be back for episode 2. Thumbs Up. Great Cast as well.
Montego Glover

Montego Glover

Lena

Guest Star

Kevin Morrow

Kevin Morrow

Captain McCarry

Guest Star

Iris Delgado

Iris Delgado

TV Reporter

Guest Star

Jeremy Bobb

Jeremy Bobb

Quentin Creasy

Recurring Role

Lola Cook

Lola Cook

Sawyer Carlisle

Recurring Role

Larry Pine

Larry Pine

Burton Delaney

Recurring Role

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