Missing (2012 TV Show) Review — why would ABC cancel such a good show?
Missing TV Show Gets Cancelled
This is actually how I learned about the show. I was linked to a news article that announced Pan Am and The River are both already cancelled. Those were actually two shows that I thought were really good. Along with the article is the announcement that the TV series Missing was already cancelled. I was thinking that since I liked the two other shows they cancelled then there's a good chance I will also like Missing. And that's how I found out about this awesome show.
I become instantly partial to the show because I love the espionage theme when it comes to TV shows or films. I probably touched on the subject a bit when I wrote my review for Alias. I'm pretty much interested in anything that deals with government secrecy and intelligence.
The show's premise is quite intriguing. Aside from its obvious high budget, with scenes from different places in Europe and action-packed boat chase sequences and stuff, the story is actually quite engaging. One thing I always look for in a show is mystery perhaps due to heavy influence of JJ Abrams' Mystery Box. Mystery is always an ingredient in an engaging story. And let me tell you, the TV show Missing has that and I'm definitely engaged.
Missing (2012 TV Show) Trailer
Missing (2012 TV Show) Review
Warning: There might be spoilers. Read at your own risk.
The story begins with ex-CIA operative Rebecca "Becca" Winstone's son gets kidnapped during his stay in Rome for some sort of architecture schooling. I'm really so engaged to know why the kid was kidnapped and what's the whole deal with the kid. I'm really scared for the first season to end, knowing well that the show has already been cancelled, without clarifications on the many questions and mysteries.
Even just the side plot of the kid's perspective while in captivity is so intriguing. The style of prison they're keeping him in is so interesting. It deals with a lot of psychological warfare. The girl he was with even explains that "they look for your weakness and they use that". Also, the kid is very smart and I do always want to find out what he'll try next. And this is just a small part of the show.
I must admit, I'm no so fond of the overly exaggerated action or fight scenes (although this is typical of an espionage-themed show) and even Ashley Judd's seemingly endless strength and resistance to pain. I mean, I don't really know how hardcore CIA agents are anyway. Maybe her character was really just trained to be that strong.
I also find it entertaining that Sean Bean is in the show. The top comment on the show's trailer above goes something along the lines of "Sean Bean doesn't even make it through the first 15 minutes... classic" haha. I found that so funny. Of course, the comment was referring merely to the pilot episode. With a lot of hype going on with Game of Thrones, it's just really funny to see Sean Bean get easily killed in this show.
2012 TV Shows
In my review of the TV show Awake, I did mention that I was very optimistic about the TV shows that have been coming out this year. Even NBC cancelled Awake though and it seems everything I've been optimistic about are all being cancelled one by one. I was hoping these new TV shows would be stepping stones for different networks to compete and produce even better ones. This is what the market demands, I guess. I don't really think there's anything we can do.
These kinds of show, the deeper kind, seem to be an acquired taste and it's not really for everyone. I can't really impose my own interests on others. All we can really do is hope that this is just small bump in the road towards even better TV shows.
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