Crisis (NBC, Sunday, 10:00 ET ) looks promising. Clearly, something big is happening when a busload of children, including the president’s son, are taken hostage while on a high school field trip. Washington DC is a rich backdrop to fame, money and power. And who doesn’t like bashing rich parents? The LA Times review, written after two episodes and several plot twists, says, “In the first two episodes, the plot turns and turns again, and the motivation for what is clearly a very elaborate crime becomes murky to the point of nonsensical. Fortunately, the motivating force (and the show’s tag line) — How far would you go to protect your children? — is easily understood.”
Some of the high schoolers are typecast–the vulnerable alpha girl, the scholarship kid. And there are some unexplained plot elements–how did the FBI know about the kidnapping when the bus was in a part of West Virginia with no cell phone reception? Suspend your disbelief but pay attention to the plot twists and turns. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, Jobs) NBC has added some star power to this mid-season drama.
The 100 (CW, Wed, 9:00 ET) has its roots in the current frenzy of teenage dystopian books and movies such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. However, it doesn’t seem to be living up to the hype. The 100 refers to the 100 teenagers who have been born in space and then sent to Earth 97 years after a nuclear holocaust to see if it is livable. They were born on a spaceship, called The Ark, and The Ark is slowly running out of oxygen.
Hollywood Reporter describes their arrival on Earth: “When the hundred land, they’re more interested in stripping down and hooking up than finding food, water or shelter. As they trample the lush ground cover and pristine ferns (it’s remarkable how well the Earth has rebounded from the nukes; aside from a two-headed deer, a very large snake and some glowing fungi, things are Eden-like), the sky-born children scream unto the fertile landscape, “We’re back, bitches!”
Both shows are free, available OTA with a Mohu antenna. It’s fun to take an early peek but viewers can never REALLY be sure this early in the game as to which shows will continue on and which shows will be canceled. We’ll continue to write about the newest shows, season finales, series finales and keep you up to date on everything going on with TV and all the new tech coming out of Mohu!