Making a series along the lines of Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones would seem to be something that would lead to a sure fire hit. Maybe not a Buffy/CSI style hit, but enough of one to last for a air few seasons.
Add in a teenage son for the age demographic and a secret organisation (not unlike The Legacy in Poltergeist, in fact almost identical going by this episode) for a bit of mystery/conspiracy stuff and you have all the ingredients just waiting to be mixed to perfection.
Unfortunately instead of being mixed to create a gourmet meal we get the equivalent of a MacDonalds Burger left over at the end of the day.
The basic synopsis and overall plot line of the series sounds intriguing enough to draw viewers in for this first episode, all the makers need to do is grab those viewers and make them want to come back for more.
This they fail to do on nearly every level, the action, such that it is, is very stilted and clichéd. The early car chase is, even with a fairly novel twist, just not exciting enough. The fight scenes later on do not work due to the complete lack of suspense or tension in the story.
And that is one of the two major problems this pilot episode has… it just does not manage to build up any suspense, tension or drama.
There is also a big problem with all the main characters, you don’t care about any of them.
They are uninteresting and bland, after only one episode I already couldn’t care less about any of them. The son is just annoying and the rest are just enigmas. Hopefully this will be rectified in future episodes, but if you haven’t done enough to grab the viewers in the first episode it could be too late already!
The second big problem is the age old problem of a TV series trying to emulate a film….the budget! The climatic tomb destruction fight cannot live up to expectations, or at least doesn’t live up to mine, the budget doesn’t allow the same big set piece look you see in a film. If you aim high make sure you have the money to back it up, otherwise aim lower and you’ll succeed and it will work much better.