Well, we've finally finished watching Taken, which is no mean feat after 10 one and a half hour episodes. On the whole, this series has a lot to recommend it, with strong work in most areas, it's usually engaging and mostly quite exciting. There were a couple of distinct downsides to the concept however which really ought to be noted, which I'll try to do without spoiling the plot at all. The Steven Spielberg influence is fairly apparent, each episode has a blockbuster resonance, but it does occasionally suffer from having slow periods where an awful lot of time elapses without too much happening, something that's especially obvious in the later episodes; I felt, in fact that the series started well; some of the earlier characters were excellent, but with this being set over several decades, the later replacements were for me a whole lot weaker, both as characters, and as actors. I started to notice a slightly stilted edge to some of the interactions later on, with conversations appearing unnatural and awkward. This aside, in my opinion, the last episode almost ruined the whole project, being deeply cheesy and far too sentimental, although I guess for some, they don't have a natural tendency to cringe horribly at monstrously americanised 'let's love everybody' nonsense. I also thought that one or two of the characters acted almost totally out of character in the final instalment, it seemed a shame to spend so much effort in building a persona throughout several hours of filming only to completely undermine that impression at the final hurdle. I only say this because in fact, if the series had ended more in the spirit with which it had begun, then I feel that the effort would have been almost flawless, since for the most part, it was gripping, thought-provoking and well made and despite its later flaws, is still recommended as a worthwhile investment.