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Old 09-25-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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Hostage - S1 E1 - Pilot - 9/23/13

I was surprised two days later, no thread.

I watched this last night I have to say, I enjoyed it. There was plenty of suspense and not much info given for the reasons, other than one of the President's cabinet members appears to be behind it. A lot more to find out.

The only thing I didn't like all that much was how they portrayed the hubby and the two kids. Too predictable that they were all going to be troubled.

The hubby....as soon as he said he had to go coach Lacrosse, I said, he's having an affair (of course he goes and DOES coach lacrosse, but I was right anyway!!)

The son...seriously, a drug dealer? He couldn't be a normal kid? I know this is probably a setup for the drug supplier he owes money to to show up at the door.

The daughter..It's become so cliche these days that EVERY teenage girl has to get pregnant. Oh well. We'll see if they hold the hostages long enough that the baby comes into play.

Hopefully this doesn't go completely off the rails like most of these series do.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:26 AM   #2
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Prison Break was great TV until they had to come up with ways to sustain it as an ongoing series. The same can be said for so many other shows too.

Hostages is billing itself as a mini-series, so here's hoping they can overcome the temptation to "renew" it, and truly wrap it up in only one season. I'm watching to reward this new thinking in creating TV shows 1 season-long serials.

That pickup truck dude looks like he's freaking 30, and the daughter is only 15. I was rooting for #4 to waste him.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:42 AM   #3
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I liked this too, and I'm usually pretty slow to get interested in a new series. Pretty good cast, the issues the family members are all having do seem a bit contrived, and that staredown into the camera at the end got a big eyeroll from me, but I'll keep watching this.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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Ratings look bad. Another show I'll probably get annoyed with when it's cancelled.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #5
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I thought it was ok. But don't know how they can keep this going for 22 episodes?
Or longer if it stays around.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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I thinks it's only 15 episodes.

If renewed I would imagine it would be something like American Horror Story with a new cast and story.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:40 PM   #7
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I was wondering right up to the last minute how on Earth they were going to get 15 hours out of this. Clever doc. I can't wait to see the look on her face when Bobby Donnell shows up for work.

So I guess they're going to go one day per episode?
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If renewed I would imagine it would be something like American Horror Story with a new cast and story.
Or maybe the same cast?

The plot is foiled. But whoever is forcing Bobby Donnell gives him one more chance. Suddenly, the Pope is rushed to the hospital...
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:05 PM   #8
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I must have missed something--I thought the Dr. was going to injure her hand with the scissors so she couldn't operate, but then they never showed it again.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #9
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I must have missed something--I thought the Dr. was going to injure her hand with the scissors so she couldn't operate, but then they never showed it again.
What else was there to show? She held the scissors against her finger like she was going to cut the tip off, couldn't go through with it, went on to Plan B.
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I thought it was ok. But don't know how they can keep this going for 22 episodes?
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I thinks it's only 15 episodes.

If renewed I would imagine it would be something like American Horror Story with a new cast and story.
15 or 22 is a long time to stretch this out.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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What else was there to show? She held the scissors against her finger like she was going to cut the tip off, couldn't go through with it, went on to Plan B.
Actually, she did cut herself a bit, to bleed, but yeah, didn't injure herself as much as she seemed to intend to.
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What else was there to show? She held the scissors against her finger like she was going to cut the tip off, couldn't go through with it, went on to Plan B.
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Actually, she did cut herself a bit, to bleed, but yeah, didn't injure herself as much as she seemed to intend to.
Ok, I saw the bleeding and figured it wouldn't take too much to stop you from doing delicate work like surgery on the President. Seems better than plan B. Of course maybe you could never operate again, and they might kill your family anyway.

With plan B, if they were really cold-hearted terrorist types they would probably kill one kid and then send her back out there. They don't seem quite that cold-hearted, though. Are they all FBI agents, or just the main guy?
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Old 09-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #13
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I think she probably did the right thing all around. Take herself out of the operation (by cutting off her finger), and the terrorists would really have no choice but to kill them all (since they'd seen their faces) and try something else, or give up. Go through with the operation, and you'd run the risk that they'd kill them all anyway (a tragic accident, so as not to throw suspicion on the "failed" surgery).

This way, she's bought some time. Certainly works for story logic, and probably even in the real world.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #14
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15 or 22 is a long time to stretch this out.
My problem too. I will stick with it though, for now.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:56 PM   #15
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I hate the characters in this show so much that I'd like to take them out myself. I could've started a S01E02 thread but I didn't want to start a thread just to crap on a show others enjoy.
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^^^this^^^

The doctor is a terrible actress in this role and not even fun to look at, not to mention the writing and premise. Sucks for them that they're up against Spader.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #17
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I actually love the premise. The execution has been horrible. Yet I watch and will continue to watch.

I love the premise. Something good has to happen, right?

I guess if it gets any worse, I'm out. But I'll give it at least one more episode.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:49 AM   #18
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This was a big sack of MEH for me. I couldn't care one bit about the characters, I was confused as to why the hostage negotiator was the one taking the family hostage, and I don't see how it can sustain more than one season.

I'll give it two more episodes before I kill the SP.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:11 AM   #19
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This was a big sack of MEH for me. I couldn't care one bit about the characters, I was confused as to why the hostage negotiator was the one taking the family hostage, and I don't see how it can sustain more than one season.

I'll give it two more episodes before I kill the SP.
I thought this was a 15 episode mini-series? (Well so was Under the Dome, but they gave THAT another season, so who knows). I liked the first episode a lot better. We are now getting into convoluted plot points. I'm sorry, but I think if I'm the doctor, I find a way to get the word out. Even if it's sending some sort of cryptic message to the friend, something like that. I will also give it an episode or two more, then I'm out.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:41 AM   #20
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Under the Dome was never a mini-series. It was always the first season of an ongoing series (although they didn't know until later that they'd be picked up for a second).

By the way, this is the Episode 1 thread...I notice some of you are starting to talk about Episode 2, which could have dire consequences if the Spoiler Police find out.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:23 AM   #21
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I'll just bump this instead of creating a new thread.

I am actually enjoying this more each week. I enjoyed week 2 of this more than I did week 2 of Blacklist. Episode 3 I actually watched this before Blacklist.
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I thought it was ok. But don't know how they can keep this going for 22 episodes?
Or longer if it stays around.
Dylan was on Jimmy last night, and they did say the entire season will span 2 weeks.
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I resurrect this thread only to state how lame this show is. Really bad. Terrible even, but I can't look away. As was said in a hearing on Capitol Hill today in regard to Obamacare, "calling it a train wreck isn't fair to train wrecks."

It feels like the writers are out of control, even they don't know where to go or what to do next. Not good TV. We watch it only while we fold clothes and wait for Blacklist to come on.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #24
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The show is awful as is the acting and casting. Makes the cat in the woods episode of "24" look realistic.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #25
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I could not subject myself to more than a couple episodes of this. Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott are terribly miscast and I could not stand watching them in these roles, amongst other issues.
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I really enjoy it. It's actually one of the few shows I think I have been mostly keeping up with week to week.

Has anyone seen the original Israeli version?
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I'm still enjoying the series, although its completely absurd at this point. Opportunities to kill their captors, opportunities to tell the authorities, opportunities to just plain leave...

This woman is to perform surgery on the president, and yet the powers that be are oblivious to three strangers living in her home for an extended period. If the conspiracy is so powerful as to hide the hostage-taking from the secret service, then surely they're powerful enough to kill the president by a more direct means.
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I'm still enjoying the series, although its completely absurd at this point. Opportunities to kill their captors, opportunities to tell the authorities, opportunities to just plain leave...

This woman is to perform surgery on the president, and yet the powers that be are oblivious to three strangers living in her home for an extended period. If the conspiracy is so powerful as to hide the hostage-taking from the secret service, then surely they're powerful enough to kill the president by a more direct means.
This. There are plot holes you could float an aircraft carrier through. But it's suspenseful and entertaining in it's way. It's the kind of show that you just ignore the implausibility of and just go with it. It's a one season show by design at least, so there should be an ending. Sticking with it until the end.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:11 PM   #29
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Just when you thought it couldn't get any more absurd, on last nights episode, we find that...


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duncan's motivation for assassinating the president appears to be to get a bone marrow donation for his wife, who happens to secretly be the president's daughter.

Also, the surgeon didn't know the president had a very rare blood type, until she managed to steal a blood sample. Apparently this information wasn't necessary for the operation


Still enjoying it, though.
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I just watched episode 13 ( I skipped episodes 4-12, just too dumb/boring) because I heard finale is tomorrow. Like I didn't miss anything.
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