That had to have been one of the most entertaining yet horribly written pilots I've seen in my life. So many things just felt off about this hour and yet, I couldn’t stop watching. And hey, I didn’t check my watch once so there’s definitely something here.
First off, the dialogue was atrocious. Seriously who writes this stuff? It literally felt like it was written by a two year old. And the editing! My lord it just felt so choppy and cheap. And let's not even comment on the green screen work particularly during the motorcycle chase as it was an utter embarrassment.
However, amidst all of these flaws, this was a surprisingly engaging pilot. It wasted absolutely no time and moved at a blisteringly fast pace. And that's not all it had going for it; I love that it was shot on location in Europe. That kind of authenticity is refreshing and adds some wonderful visual touches to the proceedings.
And can we please discuss Ashley Judd for a moment? She’s an absolutely wonderful lead. Yes she had a few off-moments in the pilot but that was obviously due to the fact that she didn't really have a script to work with. Each of her breakdown moments were splendid and appropriately tug at my heartstrings. In addition, she was phenomenal during the action scenes as I was pleasantly surprised by the pilot's numerous fight sequences.
It's just a shame that the script isn't stronger because the premise is a good one. Yes while the idea of a mother searching for her son is cliche and generic, it's also one that undoubtedly WORKS on a primal level. It's a premise that inherently hooks you and makes you root for Becca. And I think that's why I'll be sticking around with this show. If the remaining 9 episodes move at a similarly fast and exciting pace, then I’ll definitely be willing to overlook the forced dialogue and abundances of contrivances. I hope.
-- Am I total freak for noticing the insanely obvious stand-in running instead of Ashley Judd in the wide shots? It just feels to cheaply edited.
-- The car bomb was suitably shocking and straight to the point. I’m hooked.
-- The “secret code” used by Becca’s son is pathetic and highly unrealistic.
-- Becca glancing at a picture of her family as she’s being choked to death. REALLY? That cheesy moment just ruined an excellent fight scene.
-- My eyes went blind during that motorcycle chase. It was truly laughable.
-- Becca hacking into the security footage was very poorly cobbled together.
-- Unexpectedly cool ending to the pilot with Becca getting shot and falling into the river. Definitely didn’t see that coming.
Memorable Quotes: Absolutely none. The writers didn’t even bother to put any effort except for the famous “I’m a mother searching for her son” line so I’m going to return the favor.
Ultimately, while this was not by any means good television, it was undeniably entertaining, which is enough reason for me to stick around.
2 and a 1/2 out of 4 missing sons.
Previously posted at Nad TV Reviews.