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Just curious if anyone else is checking this show out, given that it's on right after Lost. I tuned in for Kim Raver, and since I saw that three others on the cast have been in 24, I'm giving it a little bit of slack. But I'm not blown away by what I'm seeing.

The Good:

For the most part, the show does a good job of keeping the viewer in the dark about what happened in the bank. The reveal of who called 911 was pretty well done, in my opinion.

The Bad:

I don't like how the writers are creating conflict. It all seems so cliche. From the DA threatening the cop that the paper will run with his gambling problems, to Foote's confrontation with his greedy evil boss which had some of the most over-used dialog ever.

But what concerns me is that right now, it should be easy to keep us wondering what happened during the robbery, so I don't know how "Good" my Good is. Likewise, because the characters know what happened but the viewer doesn't, then you've got a show that's mostly a character study. Which is fine if you can create conflict, but so far, I don't see it.

I'll be giving it a few more episodes to see if the show finds its way, or if it turns into "Lost in a Bank". Thoughts?



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.09
I watched it last week and turned it off a little over halfway through this week after being thoroughly bored. I honestly don't give a crap what happened to these people in that bank. It's a good basic premise for a show, but the story and characters are severely lacking any sort of "I must see what happens!" feeling for me.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05

I like what I've seen thus far ... anything with Joe Hackett is usually decent ...

That being said, it'll probably be cancelled soon.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
    Originally posted by Mayhem

    I like what I've seen thus far ... anything with Joe Hackett is usually decent ...

    That being said, it'll probably be cancelled soon.

It (along with Heroes) seems to be the critical darling amongst new shows this season, so I don't see it getting cancelled any time soon.

I *was* watching Kidnapped religiously (i.e., the first two episodes) until it got the boot. That was my favorite show on TV behind LOST and Heroes. It looks like they may start showing it again in another crazy Sunday timeslot to finish out the abbreviated season. That was running the same time as The Nine so I guess I can switch over and start watching that now.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    It (along with Heroes) seems to be the critical darling amongst new shows this season, so I don't see it getting cancelled any time soon.


Only two weeks in, the show's only retaining about half of Lost's overall and A18-49 audiences (less than half for the latter). That's worse than what Invasion was doing this time last year. The outlook right now can't be good.

I absolutely love the cast, but so far have no attachment whatsoever to any of the characters.

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.60
I absolutely can't stand Kim Raver but I like the rest of the cast a lot. I'm sticking with it right now but I'm kind of going back and forth on it. The first week I wondered how they are going to stretch 52 hours of a bank robbery out over 22 episodes but then this week I saw how little they reveal in an episode and now I'm starting to wonder how they'll get to the whole 52 hours in just 22 episodes.

As for the ratings, well that's why it's a critical darling, critics opinions have nothing to do with ratings. Though the ratings are probably more important than critics so I'm not sure it's safe either.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.05
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    The first week I wondered how they are going to stretch 52 hours of a bank robbery out over 22 episodes but then this week I saw how little they reveal in an episode and now I'm starting to wonder how they'll get to the whole 52 hours in just 22 episodes.


Assuming that the show is picked up for at least another season, I'm guessing that they plan on having that 52 hours last as long as they need it to last.

That said, if the ratings are as bad as it sounds, I don't see this show lasting more than a year.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
My wife digs it, but the first episode lost me with the blurry slow-motion footage. I read while she watched the second episode, and not only did it not interest me, it made me hate Egon Foote. Instead of making the character exhibit any intelligence, he's playing the goofy schlub. While The Lovely Mrs. Tracker connected the office scenes with Fight Club, I thought he was channeling Kevin Spacey from American Beauty. The preview of him working out in the garage doesn't diminish that association at all.

None of the subplots pulls me in, and the scenes of the robbery standoff (my lone lure) are too fleeting for me to sit through the rest. I also smirk at the subplot involving the 15-year-old; I don't like precocious children with deep secrets. She should not be the key for the audience understanding the standoff.

The Sports Guy made an astute observation a few weeks back on espn.com. I watch Lost, and we dissect every scene as we watch it. We're hardcore Lost fans. Sports Guy confessed that he doesn't have the stamina to follow two consecutive ensemble mysteries, and I find myself in the same boat.

Writing, camera style, scheduling -- The Nine has too many weaknesses to win me over.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.60
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    The Sports Guy made an astute observation a few weeks back on espn.com. I watch Lost, and we dissect every scene as we watch it. We're hardcore Lost fans. Sports Guy confessed that he doesn't have the stamina to follow two consecutive ensemble mysteries, and I find myself in the same boat.


I totally agree. I also watch Bones before Lost so those three shows in a row is a lot of thinking to do and between the Nine and Lost there are way too many characters to keep track of. But that's why VCRs and TiVos were created.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.32
    Originally posted by samoflange
    I watched it last week and turned it off a little over halfway through this week after being thoroughly bored. I honestly don't give a crap what happened to these people in that bank. It's a good basic premise for a show, but the story and characters are severely lacking any sort of "I must see what happens!" feeling for me.


Ditto.

I tried watching it and eventually clicked it off for the exact same reasons.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.28
I finally got around to the two episodes I had in the DVR, and I must be on a different planet, because they seemed more entertaining to me than the two episodes of "Lost" I've had to sit through this season. I think I became more predisposed to giving it a chance, though, when I saw Hank Steinberg's name all over the credits - he's the man behind "Without a Trace" (as well as the man who is usually found with the writing credits when it turns out we're watching one of the more sexually creepier episodes of "Without a Trace") and since I haven't followed THAT show to Sundays, I'll probably keep giving this one a chance. Hell, it's certainly better than "The Evidence." ;-) Oh, and I'm also a big sucker for John Billingsley. THE END



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Oh, and I'm also a big sucker for John Billingsley. THE END


We really loved him in "The Others." I was disappointed that that show wasn't given more of a chance a few years back.





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