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"Ransom" review by Suzanne
I enjoy watching this show, but I don't think CBS has much
faith in it. I wouldn't expect it to be around for very
long. They premiered it on New Year's Day and then they
moved it to Saturdays (which has been a graveyard for many
years, with mostly re-runs, newsmagazines and football).
It's an entertaining show, but perhaps the problem is some
might not find it believable.
Airs Saturday, 8/7c on CBS
The show is about a
small private group that helps to negotiate with kidnappers
(when the bad guys tell them not to phone the police).
The first episode was interesting because it was a boy that
had disappeared years ago and was just now being ransomed.
Another episode deals with a baseball player that needed a
kidney, and the ransomer wanted money in exchanged for the
kidney (it was kind of a complex story). Handsome Luke
Roberts plays Eric Beaumont, the leader of the group. He's
an expert on negotiations.
In the first episode (like
in most shows nowadays), we see the action through the eyes
of a newbie (a useful plot device), Maxine (Sarah Greene).
She was turned down for a job with Eric by his profiler,
Oliver (Branden Jay McLaren). Maxine impresses Eric,
who hires her anyway. Maxine has a secret - her mother
was once kidnapped, and Eric negotiated for her release.
However, she died. Still, she doesn't seem to blame
him. Ever since, she's wanted to do his job (she's a little
bit obsessed). There's also a former police officer
helping Eric, his second-in-command, Zara (Nazneen
I'm going to second-guess CBS here and
wonder if the fact that there isn't a big name attached to
the project that may be why they think it won't do well. Or
perhaps the negotiator angle is too limiting in what stories
they can tell. It reminds me a little bit of a one-season
show, "Kidnapped" (except that one was ONE kidnap victim all
season, not one per episode), and a little bit of "Without a
Trace." Or perhaps they think that today's audiences
want to be challenged a little more and will no longer watch
episodes that are self-contained. However, all of the NCIS
shows are that way (more or less), and they do well. I think
one problem may be that none of the actors on the show stand
out particularly, and there's nothing particularly fun,
quirky or special about the show. It's just a solid
Anyway, I hope it does well. CBS,
don't give up on it!
Luke Roberts as Eric Beaumont in a drama inspired by the
real-life professional experiences of the world-renowned
crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner
Marwan Mery. Ericís team is brought in to save lives
when no one else can. He understands criminals better
than they do and uses his insight into human behavior to
resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases.
Despite the stakes, he refuses to resort to violence,
even when confronted by some of the most dangerous
criminals in the world. While Ericís considerable powers
of manipulation make him the best at what he does
professionally, they often complicate his relationships
with family, friends and colleagues. His team consists
of psych-profiler, Oliver Yates, ex-cop Zara Hallam, and
aspiring investigator Maxine Carlson. Maxine, the newest
member, is eager to prove herself but a dangerous secret
from her past may pose a threat that even the great Eric
Beaumont is unable to resolve.
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