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2014 TV Series Review - Crisis

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2014 TV Series Review - Crisis

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Crisis is an action paced series that revolves around a kidnapping of a bunch of rich kids including the US President's son, Kyle (Adam Scott Miller). Among the rest of the kidnapped victims are Amber Dunn (Halston Sage) whose mom, Meg Fitch (Gillian Anderson) is a powerful corporate figure in Washington. Susie Dunn, Meg's sister is the BI agent assigned to handle the case.

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Marcus Finley (Lance Gross) is the Secret Service agent on his first day assigned to protect Kyle. He is later betrayed by his colleague during the kidnapping of the students and is shot. He manages to survive and even frees one of the students.

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The entire show features plots and sub plots and higlights one man's obsession to reveal the secret of a nation that betrayed him. And this man, Francis (Dermot Mulroney) is a former CIA analyst who seem to anticipate all the moves by the FBI, CIA and Secret Service. The amazing thing is one of the kidnapped victims is his daughter, Beth Ann (Stevie Lynn Jones) who doesn't know that her father is heading the kidnapping.

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Overall, the series provides a sometimes slow paced action and drama. However, the pace could pick up later on as each episode reveals a major plot covered up by the parents of the kidnapped victims. The show tried to emulate 24 but what Crisis lacks now is Kiefer Sutherland aka Jack Bauer. Hopefully this will change in the future.

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Watchability index : 5

References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/crisis-review-nbc_n_4964374.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/15/arts/television/in-crisis-on-nbc-children-of-rich-and-powerful-are-taken.html?_r=0
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crisis-tv-review-688943
http://www.metacritic.com/tv/crisis
http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/tv-review-nbcs-crisis-is-all-heist-no-jewels.html


Unforgettable Season 01

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Published Date Written by Jason Loo



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It's another police drama. Period. The storyline is almost similar to Elementary with the protagonist being an extremely observant character with the ability to recall infinite details. As the producers would want you to believe, this skill is especially important in a crime scene environment.

This ability is explained through a rare medical condition known as hyperthymesia, which according to Wikipedia is "condition in which an individual possesses a superior autobiographical memory, meaning he or she can recall the vast majority of personal experiences and events in his or her life" .. so folks, this is a real condition that exists in the real world.

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Resigned Syracuse Detective Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) is destined for the same job in New York where she has been staying after quitting in Syracuse. The pilot involves her in a case in which she's the witness and the investigating detective so happens to be her ex-lover and fellow detective in Syracuse, Mr. Al Burns (played by Dylan Walsh).

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As the series goes on, it is revealed that Carrie still carries the memory of her murdered sister with her. After failing to resolve the case in Syracuse, she quits and moves to New York present day. Later, we know that Burns himself has not given up on finding the killer and enlists Carrie's help in a number of cases. Burns allows Carrie access to investigate her sister's death on her free time.

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Most of the episodes thus far deals with Carrie cracking cases which would otherwise be unsolved. And as a side story, she works in an institution that takes care of her mom.

Rating : 5 /10 .. watchable but the Carrie Wells needs to be more believable. There is not much substance or depth potrayed other than the ability to remember a lot of details. To this end, Elementary proves to be a more engaging tv series than Unforgettable, which for it's namesake doesn't turn out to be the opposite meaning.

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Cast :

Poppy Montgomery ... Carrie Wells
Dylan Walsh ... Detective Al Burns
Michael Gaston ... Mike Costello
Kevin Rankin ... Roe Saunders
Daya Vaidya ... Nina Inara
Carl Ducena ... NYPD Officer
Britt Lower ... Tanya Sitkowsky
Jane Curtin ... Joanne Webster
Tom Stratford ... Detective

References :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgettable_(season_1)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1842530/

http://www.tv.com/shows/unforgettable-2011/episodes/

http://www.metacritic.com/tv/unforgettable

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/unforgettable-tv-review-237752

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/tv-review-cbs-unforgettable

http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/arts/television/unforgettable-on-cbs-with-poppy-montgomery-review.html?_r=0


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