Watched the first two episodes of this over the last week and I think I’ll continue watching it…….for now. The basic synopsis for the show is Eric Beaumont(Luke Roberts) is a hostage and crisis negotiator. He and his team travel the globe not as law enforcement officials, but as “negotiators for hire” who get the call when folks would rather not have the police involved.
I found the second episode better than the first which is always a good sign for me. To me, there are obvious (and surreal) comparisons to CBS’s juggernaut “Criminal Minds”. Some of them are more blatant than others.(They basically outright try to copy the playful relationship between characters Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan right down to the geeky glasses and playful flirting).
I have yet to have seen Luke Roberts in anything and he’s actually quite a good actor from what I have seen so far. The rest of the cast has a few stand outs. Actress Nazneen Contractor(playing Zara Hallam) is a great character actor who I have seen in a few shows.
They have already began some interesting subplots and I thought the idea for the episode 2 script was pretty original(minus the house switch. You know, the old “We think the victim is in one house and about to be saved, and she’s actually in another?”. Overall , I’ll probably give the first 10 episodes a look and go from there.
They really do have to stay away from the Criminal Minds clone trap though, and make it more clear they are not law enforcement. Because they sure did get treated as law enforcement a few times. It made the story work…..but made no sense.
Trailer below.Thanks Youtube..you complete me