Missing, "Pilot": you're a what, now?

Quick Take: Missing, "Pilot"
An ex-CIA agent searches for her kidnapped son.

Missing

Review: Missing, "Pilot"
(S0101) There is something very important that you need to know. Ashley Judd loves to run.

Once again, the geniuses at ABC have spoiled a key element in a series with their over-promotion. When Rebecca (Ashley Judd) is surprised by the intruder with a gun in her son's apartment, the viewer should be scared for her and then shocked by how well she handles herself in a fight, because up until that point in the series, all we know is that she's a widow and she works in a flower shop. Unfortunately, since anyone who has watched ABC in the past month has seen way too many promos that give away her history as an ex-CIA agent, it's no surprise when she beats the hell out of the gunman and shimmies down the fire escape.

As the show and Rebecca continue on their journey, the premise and the hook of the show becomes very evident. Ashley Judd is equal parts Donna Reed and Jack Bauer and she's on the loose in Europe. It's clear that when she admonishes a young girl for smoking moments before finding her dead that Rebecca has a foot firmly planted in each world.

One question I had while watching was why Rebecca doesn't go to her CIA contacts for help. My question was answered pretty quickly after she goes to see her former colleague and love-interest-to-be Giancarlo (Adriano Giannini). It's also made clear why she wouldn't bother going to the CIA after they drag her in to find out what she's up to. Her eventual CIA contact Dax Miller (Cliff Curtis) is the typical know-it-all douche bag you'd expect in the role, but unlike most examples, he plays it cool and gives Rebecca enough rope to hang herself or a least admit she needs his help. It's a nice change from the guys who scream, “I can't have any loose cannons on my watch.”

At the end of the episode, many questions are left unanswered, not just the one about who took her son. The most interesting question, however, is why I don't hate this show as much as I thought I would.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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