This is the probably the first show from a Buffy/Angel alum that I will not be upset if it gets the ax after just three showings. And I'm more than a little sad that a show with the talents of Tim Minear, Howard Gordon (which explains The X-Files opening complete with abandoned house, flashlights, and a red headed agent!), and Jane Espenson can leave me struggling to stay awake. It's not like it was horrible, it just wasn't very good. And with so many shows currently on the air or soon to debut dealing with the same type of subject matter you have to find a way make the material fresh. Either give us a really appealing cast or an interesting hook. This show has neither.
The lead actress is woefully ill-equiped for her role. The twist on the tired formula is that Rebecca was, herself, a victim of a horrific crime. She was kidnapped at 10 and managed to escape her capture some eighteen months later. It's vague as to whether or not anyone knows exactly what happened to her. This tragedy supposedly allows her to have insight into the crimes being investigate that her counterparts don't. The big problem is we were given no signs of this. Her big 'revelations' come only after being fed a lot of information by others and we see her doing no profiling of the suspect on her own. Unless she does it by osmosis. She has an annoying habit of hugging her files to her chest. As for conveying the childhood trauma in some way, any way, she's just not doing it. Unless that vacant eyed stare is suppose to show us something. Oh, and did she solve the crime? Not really, her boss did.
Poor Adam Baldwin. Is he the go to guy for unsympathetic, insensitive, assholes? He's the cliche jerk that you hope dies in the line of duty. Of course, he's balanced out by the sensative guy that just cares too damn much about his work and it's going to destroy him emotionally! My interest was peaked for a nanosecond when I noticed he was wearing a wedding ring. Since he's taking way too much of an interest in the new gal on the team, it made me wonder if he wasn't such a good soul. But, I'm betting we find out he's seperated because he was taking the job home with him, becoming more and more distant, blah, blah, blah and his wife just couldn't deal.
The one thing I did like about the show was Peter Coyote. And I think I shall just quote Daniel Manu of TV Guide here because he said it better than I could:
The only savior of the episode (not to mention of Nichols' Agent Locke) turned out to be Peter Coyote's Virgil "Web" Webster, who provided a refreshingly unsentimental, even Machiavellian, approach to leadership: "This girl has a gift forged in pain, and she wants me to use her." That's one of episode's few great lines, all of which were delivered by Webster. If executive producers Tim Minear and Jane Espenson want this series to avoid the fate of their last few (Wonderfalls, Tru Calling, Firefly), they should try to make its bite as good as Coyote's bark.
Actually, what he refers to as one of the great lines made me laugh. Maybe the "forged in pain" reminded me too much of a line from 'Angel'. writteninstars picked up on the recycled "Lurk much?" And I noticed they used the quick-cut/rapidly changing sky technique to go from night to day.
I'll just remind nyself I only have five more weeks until the Stargate/Galactica premieres.....