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An enjoyable enough time-filler
on 10 March 2009
For some reason this series had not appeared on my radar before and I chanced upon it by accident when I was, funnily enough, reading Amazon reviews. It's not brilliant, it's not 'must-see' television but it does provide consistent entertainment throughout the programmes and there are a couple of episodes that are very good indeed.
Each episode follows a set format- we briefly see the person who goes missing and then we follow the FBI agents in their efforts to find him/her/them. Sometimes the reasons for a disappearance can be obvious, whereas other times the reasons are not as clear. The entertainment is derived from how the team follow the case and the interaction between the individual members of the team. Season 1 is very episodic with each story standing on its own and there are very few overarching storylines that run throughout the series (with one brilliant exception), an issue that was addressed in Season 2
None of this is ground breaking stuff- we've seen it all before on procedural shows like Law & Order and C.S.I. However, the cast are a likeable bunch and Anthony LaPaglia is a revelation as Jack Malone, the leader of the team. It is difficult to believe that he was Daphnes really annoying brother in Frasier- here he slots into his role as if it is what he was born to do. In fact LaPaglia is the main reason to watch the show! The only disappointment in the acting stakes is Poppy Montgomery as Agent Sam Spade (what were the writers thinking of?)who has one expression (a mildly confused pout) for every emotion.
Season 1 is a solid introduction to the programme and Season 2 delves a little more into the private lives of the characters and is all the better for it. I've just ordered Season 3 and am looking forward to seeing how the storylines develop.
Why buy this? If you're looking for a moderately well-acted, well-scripted procedural crime drama with a couple of stand-out episodes then this is for you. It certainly isn't anywhere near as good as The Shield (what is?)but it is a pleasant enough way to fill the time when, once again, the only things on TV are celebrity reality shows!
The box set is well packaged but I really don't like the way the discs themselves are presented- they are double sided and the marking on them is so poor that it is difficult to tell which side is which (if you have poor eyesight like me).