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The Finder (FOX) - Series Premiere: Synopsis and Review
‘The Finder’, Fox’s ‘Bones’ spin-off, premiered on January 12th. The show revolves around Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults, ‘October Road’), a.k.a. the man who can find anything. Walter is a former Army Military Police employee who encountered an explosive in Iraq, leaving him with brain damage and a resulting honorable discharge. Before he suffered his brain damage he was good at finding people and things, but his scrambled brain made him excellent at it.
Walter takes cases from people, but never has to deal with money issues. Why would he if he has a henchman like Leo Knox (Michael Duncan, ‘The Green Mile’) to take care of these things for him?
Other recurring characters are Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn, ‘Chuck’) and Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson), a 16-year-old criminal-like girl assigned to work at Leo’s bar (called ‘The Ends of the Earth’) as part of a court order.
In the first episode, Walter is contacted by the son of one of his former colleagues. The man has gone missing, and his son remembered how his father used to tell him Walter could find anyone. He seeks out Walter to find his father, but soon they start to find more than they can handle.
In my upcoming Drama TV series hub I classified this show as a ‘maybe’. Now, after seeing the first episode, I’m still not entirely sure whether this is a do or a don’t. It definitely is a funny show however, or the characters are a least, which is a bit weird seeing as how it’s officially listed as a drama series. I guess the drama is supposed to come from the cases Walter and Leo work on. Now this may be a bit to soon to judge the cases he works on, after all; he’s only had one yet, but so far it definitely doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t know if this might be because I’ve seen a lot of similar shows (‘Bones’, ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘NCIS’ and ‘CSI’, just to name a few) but to me it just seems to be a weak translation of the typical crime show. Which is a shame because, like I stated before, the characters (Walter and Leo in particular) are really funny. To me it just seems like a big mistake to take a case like the one they had for a fist episode. You would expect them to take something a bit more out of the ordinary than a man who may or may not be a drugs smuggler.
What do you think of 'The Finder'?
All in all, I’m still in doubt. I like the characters, although Dept. U.S. Marshal Zambada is still a bit vague to me, but I don’t like the turn they’re taking with the cases. I will definitely keep on watching however, if only to see whether they will be able to come up with a little more creative cases.
- Upcoming Drama TV Series: Midseason 2011-2012
A collection of drama TV Series that will premiere in the Midseason 2011-2012 TV Season. Shows that are featured are 'Missing' on ABC, 'The Firm' and 'Smash' on NBC and 'Luck' on HBO, among others.