I watched this because the wife wanted to see it. I am not a viewer of network television; 24 and Lost are the only two series I’ve watched since, IIRC, Seinfeld, so it’s going to take a lot to win me over. This didn’t. One of the biggest irritants that push me away from these series deals with the way they incorporate the dialogue. Maybe this is in their SAG contract; but whenever you have a group of people, they all must interject at least one word in the conversation. Someone says something, and then another, and another, and another, rather than two people conversing; you know, like in real life. It is so chopped, so unrealistic, and so contrived, that I can’t seem to get beyond it; and it happens way to often. I also find the constant flashing from one camera to another, to another, during the conversations unnecessary - this falls into the shaky cam irritant territory. Why is it off-limits to take a wider camera angle on occasion during these conversations? Also, because of time restraints, I find shows poorly produced and often poorly acted. Everything about this production reminded me of 24, only with a different plot. The PQ also reminded me of 24; they are still unable to do a grain-free night shot. If this is what I have been missing since Lost and 24 went off the air, I am missing very little.
I thought Bacon’s outburst outside of the house was so poorly acted that it had me rolling my eyes. Beyond that, I thought he was good, as usual.
I saw nothing compelling in the first show for me to watch the next 13, or however many weeks. Kidnappings, torture, brutal murders, and narrow escapes, led by a Charles Manson wannabe, week, after week, after week, with an emotionally unstable Kevin Bacon leading the charge, where 1 in 4 people he encounters is a follower, just doesn’t leave me sitting in great anticipation of what is to come – kidnappings, killings...
The wife says she liked it and is interested in seeing it, but I’m going to pass. JMO, so enjoy.