Well, if it were up to me, here's how I would "fix" the show:
- Edwards' charactor is the one who's into clocks. He's obsessed with time, order and mechanics. His magazine, instead of being Modern Skeptic (or whatever it was), is actually a conspiracy rag that goes after things like werewolves and vast secret organizations. He's into this stuff already, which makes him all in when it comes at him. It also makes it so only his loyal assistant actually believes him (you don't need two right now due to what happens later in my outline). Of course, he could also be a college professor or historian, but it would make it too much like National Treasure (or Indiana Jones) and he needs to not have credibility in order to isolate him. People need to think he's wacky.
- Dump the wife. She's excess baggage and unnecessary. By not being married, it also opens up a future plotline where Edwards gets seduced by an "agent" of the bad guys.
- Edwards gets the clock when his priest friend is killed in what looks like a botched robbery. Edwards finds the clock in the priests belongings, with a warning to keep it safe. He also ends up with a ring from the secret group protecting whatever they're protecting. While poking about, he finds the diamond and the map as was shown. He also begins researching the ring and the group.
- A bad guy comes to try to steal the clock, but Edwards catches him in the process and gives chase. In the process, the bad guy is hit by a car and is mortally injured. Before he dies, he warns Edwards that others will come and will get what they are after. After dealing with the police and getting his clock back, he goes back to his investigation, only to be visited by the FBI agent. It turns out, the guys on a "terrorist watch list". She wants to know what, if anything, the guy may have said to him. He tells her noting, and continues his work.
This sets up Edwards' quest to find out what's going on. Meanwhile, he has to avoid the bad guys and the FBI agent who has set her sites on him as a person of interest. She can later become an ally when he saves her life in the middle of all kinds of crazy she stumbles into. At that point, she becomes a believer and he now has her resources to help him in his quest.
Yes, it's full of cliches, but so is the current story. The difference is, at least the story would be tighter with a bit more logic.
Edited by NetworkTV - 2/20/13 at 7:24am