Persons Unknown series thread with spoilers

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jschuur, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. pjenkins

    pjenkins God bless Texas :)

    Mar 8, 1999
    Plano, TX, USA


    i thought it was the director put in the cage to f with the reporters.... go figure... huge bag of suck is still a big bag of suck , regardless of whether the directory/producer/etc want to call it "artistic license" or whatever....
  2. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Well, the actress said even she wasn't sure whether it was supposed to be twin sisters, or whether it was supposed to be The Director impersonating a crazy woman. So your interpretation is every bit as valid as any other.
  3. SorenTodd

    SorenTodd New Member

    May 26, 2009
    Check your "On Demand" library, if you have digital cable. Mine showed up last week (the ep is called Seven Sacrifices).

    The funny thing is, it's labeled as airing on 8-21, even though we all know that the real NBC only aired one ep that night, not two.
  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    I liked seeing younger Janet. She looked pretty hawt. :D
  5. Fool Me Twice

    Fool Me Twice >>>>>>

    Jul 6, 2004


    Probably because she wasn't brooding.
  6. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Sorry, what are you referring to?

    Apparently, I disagree with most of you guys. I think this was a VERY entertaining last couple of episodes. (I had started the online-only one on Fri, but watched most of it Saturday evening while the other episodes were Tivoing.. then watched the Tivo recordings Sat night.)

    They TOTALLY tricked me, in a good way. Janet was the "hero" and they did have me going at first that Joe would be the one who got out instead.

    The VERY end at first disappointed me, thinking they were all (except Joe) at a different "city".. But I thought it was COOL that it was now level 2.

    ..and unlike the rest of you, I do think a _lot_ was answered..

    (1) it's recruitment, like I and others predicted long ago.
    (2) we know that it really goes deep into society
    (3) Janet's mother knows about it
  7. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    This is an interesting revelation: Joe was a level 10 at some point I think (per a conversation with Liam if I recall right), before something caused him to get kicked back again to level 1 where he had to redeem himself again. He's not with the Level 1s again because each group includes an insider, he's merely repeating the test with an equal chance as all the others to succeed.

    The comment that the organization was ultimately tasked with creating altruistic leaders just reinforces my idea that people who flunk out aren't truly killed. By whatever means, people's deaths aren't always real or are prevented, and then they're mind wiped and put back into the general population. Those that pass are also inserted back into the real world, since they're supposed to be future 'leaders'.
  8. porges

    porges Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    At no point did it occur to me that the guy with the eyepatch and the facial scars was the original night manager, but according to imdb that is the case.
  9. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    I'm among those who are not happy. I didn't particularly like the series, but after watching the first couple of chapters and feeling invested, and knowing it would wrap up with "the whole story being told" in 13 episodes, I watched till the end expecting a full and clear explanation. Had NBC not promised that, I would have bailed early on. Nobody likes being lied to or led on. I want my 13 hours back!!
  10. verdugan

    verdugan Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2003
    Sacramento, CA
    Yes, he is. He got a haircut, which made him look a bit different. That and the eye patch :)
  11. catcard

    catcard MoxiDVR

    Mar 2, 2001

    Totally agree with you. Is it possible to sue for viewer abuse? :mad:
  12. pjenkins

    pjenkins God bless Texas :)

    Mar 8, 1999
    Plano, TX, USA
    let us know if possible, we will join in :)
  13. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    The whole series seemed to be a big analogy to Scientology. Working through Levels. Supposedly altruistic. Ruthless to members who try to leave ... etc. etc. etc.
  14. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    How were you lied to or led on? They completed the story of level 1.. it wasn't a cliffhanger.
  15. Sep 1, 2010 #535 of 591

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Add me to the giant bag of suck group. I don't know where to start. Bad acting, terrible writing. Makes Fast Forward look well directed.:D

    I hold NBC to blame for much of this; the charge: False Expectations. Don't tell me something is a self-contained summer mini-series, with "all to be answered", when in reality it was the first season of a hopefully well-received summer fill-in, that could lead to more seasons. It was not well received, there will be no more seasons, and we weren't remotely close to getting "answers".

    It all depends on how you define "answers".:D

    As a counter, take LOST*. I got every answer I wanted, even when we were promised none. The show felt... complete (for lack of a better word). Persons Unknown OTOH, didn't come CLOSE to feeling complete. I think the difference is LOST gave us the answers we needed (although maybe not the ones everyone wanted), whereas PU just threw a bunch of shyte up in the air, and some landed, and some splattered.

    I know, not a very clear post. I've mixed up too many cliches, metaphors and similes to make any sense at this point. But I just finished watching the online episode**, followed by the two hour finale, and I can't recall ever being this disappointed by a show.

    *(BTW, this is not to revive a LOST debate. I'm trying to show how different "answers" can be interpreted.)

    **(BTW-II, first time I've ever watched an entire episode of anything online. Yuck. Can't begin to fathom how people do it. No zipping thru commercials, small screen and I can't lay back on the couch.:thumbsdown:)
  16. Sep 1, 2010 #536 of 591

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Just read this. It mirrors much of what I just said, even to the LOST reference. (Could've saved ten minutes of typing and simply +1'ed the Link:)).

    NBC lied. Or rather, they just said what they felt they needed to say, without any thought as to reality or the consequences. This is why no one watches this crap; they're smarter than we are.:eek:
  17. Sep 1, 2010 #537 of 591

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    "All will be revealed" is not "All will be revealed and it will make sense and leave no questions unanswered."
  18. Sep 1, 2010 #538 of 591

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    And it wasn't referring to nudity either. :eek:

    I don't understand anything about Tori's storyline. She was a rebellious daughter of an Ambassador, who was actually abducted, then she was found face up in a shallow pool (the water didn't even cover her mouth, nose or eyes), and was pronounced both dead and alive, and eventually was the new night clerk working for the Program. WTF?? :confused:

    How did the guy's head blow up? And the only clue the audience had was that the characters had to tell us. Liam screams. Blackham gets sprayed in the face with red, what's-his-face barfs, and then we're told that Liam's head exploded. WTF?? :confused:

    And how was hanging onto a second floor balcony and then falling a distance of about 5 feet from supposed to even seem like it would have killed an adult? WTF?? :confused:

    I also feel duped by the finale. The only difference in the storyline was the boat and Level 2. WTF?? :confused:
  19. Sep 1, 2010 #539 of 591
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    So wait, let me get this all won't be standing in line when Best Buy opens on release day to buy the DVD set?

  20. Sep 1, 2010 #540 of 591

    moot New Member

    Apr 8, 2006
    Ohio, US
    Just some speculation here:
    Level 1: Town in the middle of nowhere w/creepy Night Manager
    Level 2: Boat in the middle of the ocean w/surly one-eyed Captain
    Level 3: Blimp w/sadistic flight attendant
    Level 4: Low-Earth orbit space station w/disgruntled Russian cosmonaut
    Level 5: Moon Base w/HAL-style AI

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