Missing, Season One (2012)

July 7, 2012 5 Comments

Some television shows have an excellent plot but don’t make it. Others seem to squander their potential for longevity – working with limited resources to begin with. This one was in the latter category. Though having seen it, I can say that it was actually not the worst thing to have air time.

Missing, Season One (2012) TV Review

Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd) has a past. It’s one she intentionally builds and now carefully hides from her son, Michael. She along with her husband, Paul (Sean Bean) agree never to drudge up their pasts or to drag their son into their work. That’s before her husband and son go on a European vacation, before her eight-year-old son sees the car his father is in blow to pieces. Ten years later, Becca adapts and accepts life as a single mom. She’s a PTA parent and soccer mom all while running a successful florist shop. Life is perfect until college bound Michael (Nick Eversman) is abducted on the streets of Rome, and Becca’s past is back.  

Missing, Season One (2012). Review of the short ABC TV show with Ashley Judd and Sean Bean. All review text © Rissi JC / RissiWrites.com

Of the 3 ten-episode season fillers ABC ordered earlier this year this is one of the two that didn’t produce a full season order. It isn’t hard to understand why but it’s also a solid series with some excellent twists that play with our mind. Some of the plots recycle (some plots aren’t hard to figure out) but I do admire some of the directions Missing, season one goes in. Every single episode leaves you breathless for the next and in fact, I did watch four episodes in one sitting. Right from the start it ends with a bang when it puts a bullet in our heroine and us gasping at her being in a life-and-death situation so early on.

Anyone who like Taken (or even the Bourne trilogy) will find this an interesting story. Although billed as a thriller this series takes a different approach than that of an action-packed production. It’s really about its characters. It has a way of drawing us in through them, not the thrills. Does that even make sense? The carefully laid stories that interlock and introductions to supporting character still leave us – continuously so, on the defense. It’s the show’s propensity to involve people from Becca’s past that keep up such a cloak of mystery.

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Part of the reason Missing vacillates between Michael’s kidnapping and the people from Becca’s past is to keep things interesting – to add more content to the overall picture. The end game is always seeing Michael’s safe recovery although sometimes I think they “forgot” that. No matter the cost, Becca’s determination is heartbreaking and it’s Ashley’s acting that keeps up this genuine pretense. She plays the I-am-mad-you-messed-with-my-kid mother to a T. I love her in this role because of this; it really makes the show seem more realistic even in its very unrealistic aspects.

The entire cast is really quite impressive; there isn’t a weak link here. The young man who plays Michael isn’t without some acting chops while the veterans like Bean and Keith Carradine kept things grounded. Fans of Castle will also appreciate the subtle nod to ABC’s top-rated show. I’ll confess the show is impressive. It doesn’t have the same intelligence as some of its mirror-exact counterparts but it’s entertaining. The poignant flashbacks actually work for this and seem to transition really well. Unfortunately, its cancellation prior to the finale should have inspired a quick, last minute edit or two to be wholly complete. As a result it would be best not to watch the final minute. If you are looking for something with a conclusive ending, you’d best look elsewhere.

Content: There is some flirting between a married couple; illusions suggest a woman had an extra-marital affair. One scene shows a woman being washed and cared for while in the bathtub following being severely bruised [also seen]. Implications
suggest two teens eventually have sex [off-camera]. There is some hand-to-hand fighting [some more intense] as well as gun shots [various characters die as a result]. There is the usual variety of profanity, p*ss, da*n. The show is plays out as a TV14 rating.

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Charity July 7, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I never saw this. Now, since it's been cancelled, there isn't much incentive to. =/

  • Lydia July 8, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    I loved this show! I was so sad when it got cancelled. :(

  • Rissi July 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Charity – yeah, I know what you mean BUT this one was surprisingly good. Sure there are lots of cliches but it is actually… good. Unfortunately, with them knowing it was cancelled prior to the finale, they needed to do a couple of last minute edits in order to complete everything and give a solid purpose to Becca's quest. And they didn't!

    Lydia – I really enjoyed this one too! I thought it had something going past a mere 10 episodes though maybe not lots of seasons. Too bad the ratings didn't jump because viewers deserved more.

    Thanks bunches for stopping by – do so again soon!

  • Lianne July 9, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it Rissi! I was debating whether or not to check it out, especially after hearing that Sean Bean was in it (lol go figure at his character fate, the man is a walking spoiler–but he's always awesome xD). It's a pity that the series was cancelled but I think I'll check it out when I get the chance anyways xD

  • Rissi July 9, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    LOL! I find it ironic that I've seen two (this and Mirror Mirror) productions of late where Sean Bean dies. This one is different but I liked it. The premise is old but there was something great about how writer's paced everything; it kept us – literally – on the edge of our seats after each episode. Wish I had that skill!

    I don't know if I talked much about the acting here but it is all great – Sean included. Fans of his won't be disappointed – in more ways than one. ;-)

    Enjoy if/when you see it, Li!

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