Friday, March 16, 2012

Quick Look: "Missing"

I probably watch one series currently airing on each of the Big Four networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC). Network series are far too formulaic and it is too easy to compare shows to each other. ABC's newest midseason replacement, Missing (which premiered last night), has been called The French Connection meets Alias meets Abducted. Alias might have been the last ABC series that I truly loved. That was reason enough for me to at least give the series a chance.

I also have a weak spot for Ashley Judd. I think a lot of it has to do with films I watched as a teenager. I love thrillers, and Judd kicked ass in Kiss the Girls and Double Jeopardy, but my favourite has to be 2004's De-lovely, based on the life of Cole Porter. Ashley Judd is by no means a fantastic actress, but she does have a dynamic screen presence.

Missing introduces us to Becca Winstone (Judd), a former CIA agent whose entire life centres around her teenage son Michael. As a child, Michael was in Austria with his father when his father's car exploded, and now his mother is slightly overprotective. Michael applies to a summer architecture program in Rome and Becca reluctantly lets him go. The two are constantly in contact until Becca is told that Michael has not been going to class and has been dismissed from the program. She travels to Rome and discovers that her son has been abducted and must use her CIA training and contacts to get him back.

The series lacks a lot of originality and the dialogue falls flat, but Judd is a sympathetic protagonist and so far I am interested in seeing if Becca's husband faked his own death. Without more focus, the show will certainly fail to hold my attention. It will not be for everyone (or many at all?), but Missing delivered exactly what I expected.

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