Primetime Show Reviews
season premiere by Carrie
On NBC Mondays at 10/9c
Janet Cooper is in the park with her young
daughter, Megan. Suddenly, Megan wanders away from Janet. Desperate to find
her daughter, Janet frantically searches the park. Unbeknownst to Janet, Megan
hasn’t been abducted. Megan calls out to her mom, but strangely, Janet is the
one who has been kidnapped. And so “Persons Unknown” begins …
When Janet wakes up in an unfamiliar room, she
wonders what happened to her daughter. Janet empties dresser drawers, breaking
one apart to use a screw to open the door’s lock. Janet hears a voice coming
from the hall. Joe Tucker breaks into Janet’s room. Janet doesn’t trust Joe.
However, Joe tells her that there’s a key taped inside her room’s Bible. Janet
grabs the Bible from the bed, and sees that Joe isn’t lying. Joe doesn’t
remember how he got there and neither does Janet. Others start hobbling out of
their adjacent rooms –Charlie Morse, Sergeant Graham McNair, Moira Doherty, and
Tori Fairchild. All come from different backgrounds. The logical explanation
for their abductions would be money, but Joe rules that out since he isn’t worth
In the meantime, Mark Renbe is investigating
Janet’s disappearance. A visit to her mom isn’t helpful since the two weren’t
on speaking terms. However, Megan is staying with Janet’s mother for the time
After some disagreement, Joe and Charlie
decide to start a fire to let off the smoke detector. Janet notices that the
elevator is moving. Everyone hides as the door opens. The six strangers board
an empty elevator. The elevator stops at the hotel lobby. All six wonder what
is going on. They leave the hotel and check out other businesses. No phones
work in the sheriff’s office. The town is deserted.
A seventh man, Bill Blackham, is waiting in
the sheriff’s office, and threatens to shoot the others. When he realizes that
they aren’t his kidnappers, Bill drops the gun. Janet and Joe make a decision
to leave the abandoned town. When they approach the town’s perimeter, Janet and
Joe pass out on the street. McNair runs over to them but he has the same fate.
The remaining four strangers hurry back inside, fearful that the others were
As night begins, a van pulls up outside a
Chinese restaurant. Restaurant employees get out of the van and head in through
the back door. Janet, Joe, and McNair are conscious. Moira discovers that all
seven have implants in their legs – a tranquilizer of sorts. The restaurant
manager asks the strangers to come inside and have dinner. After some arguing,
they all sit down at a round table. After the meal, fortune cookies are placed
on a platter in front of them. Tori spins the platter. Charlie is devastated
to read his because it makes a reference to his wife. All the other fortunes
are vague, but Joe thinks it is strange that Janet’s fortune is an Irish one.
After dinner, the seven return to the hotel. Oddly, there is a night clerk
inside. The man admits that he wound up at the hotel just like the others.
Janet walks away from the group to stare at her fortune. It reads: “Kill your
neighbor and you’ll go free.”
And did I mention that an unseen person is
watching the entire thing through a hidden surveillance camera?
The “Persons Unknown” pilot was enjoyable,
with twists and turns throughout. Normally, I don’t get invested in new shows
since their cancellation rates are so high. I am betting that “Persons Unknown”
will draw viewers during the summer season. The show is a 13-episode series
(according to TV Guide.com), so viewers won’t be locked in for a long period of
time. Plus, the plot is intriguing. Who are these strangers stuck in an
abandoned town? Who put them there? And most important – why? I am looking
forward to finding out.
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