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.

Missing Tv Show Cast
Missing Tv Show Cast

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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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

No, no, no, no! I LOVE Missing - it's my new TV show addiction. Why do networks always do that? They get you hooked on a show, with GOOD actors and a great story, and then because it might not be in the "right" time slot that it airs - it gets canned after one season. Not cool at all. Maybe we should just wait until a TV show has at least 3 seasons behind it and then watch it - without fear of getting hooked and then it's suddenly cancelled. What a pity.


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Lisa HW 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I enjoyed your Hub, but I have to say I'm glad to see that Missing is going (or gone). Everyone has different preferences in TV, of course; but I found that show unbearable. :/ Pan Am's another one that should have never seen the light of day. :)

However, since you're among those who liked the show, I can sympathize. I'm still "mourning the loss" (lol) of Boston Legal, which was a one-of-a kind that I loved. :)


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cmk1124 22 months ago from Hartford, Kentucky

Gosh this just aggravates me that I come across a TV series that I really like watching "Missing aka 1-800-Missing" and the network straight up cancels it without any warning. And the way they did it in Season 3 Episode 19 is just out of this world - talk about leaving the viewers hanging...I don't think it is right and you are correct, I believe all the networks should have a guideline when it comes to cancelling a show...you wrap it up, you just don't "BAM" that is is folks...So disappointed!!

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