I just finished watching the pilot and I’m hooked. I can’t wait for next Thursday! When I saw the preview for this show staring Ashley Judd I was wondering if the economy was effecting Hollywood too. We seem to be seeing many A list actors on TV lately. Then, I saw her name in the beginning credits as an executive producer, so maybe that’s it.
The show starts us out with Judd’s character Rebecca jogging fiercely through the woods. She finishes this run and takes a call from her husband and son that are in Italy. Moments later her husband is killed in a car bomb and the young son who is approximately eight years old is spared. We are then forwarded ten years to Rebecca jogging with her son Michael on the same trail. At the end of the run he explains that he applied to an architecture school in Rome and was accepted. We are forwarded again to the airport where they say their goodbye’s but not before Michael explains a special text message that he will send his mother that means he loves her. That turns out to be a significant piece of info to anyone who loves action/suspense movies as much as I do.
We then see that Rebecca works in a floral shop and gets regular texts and calls from Michael until one day all communication stops. Rebecca becomes very worried a few days later and receives a call from Micheal’s University that he has missed several classes. Rebecca flies to Rome and using the pictures that Michael has sent her finds his apartment. It appears as if something has gone terribly wrong. Within moments a man with a gun comes into the apartment and that is when we the audience realizes that Rebecca is not your average PTO Mom. All of this happens in the first fifteen minutes of the episode! I was sitting on my couch holding my knees up to my face with my mouth open in shock at how many action scenes are in this one pilot episode.
We follow Rebecca into France where CIA big boss Agent Dax Miller played by Cliff Curtis tries to get her to go home. We learn from Miller that Rebecca is a retired CIA agent and that her husband played by Sean Bean was killed by terrorists. Let’s just stop a quick second. You should recognize both of these men. Cliff Curtis was the hot shot FBI guy in the last Die Hard movie; Live Free or Die Harder. Sean Bean was in all of the Lord of the Ring movies as well as the bad guy in James Bond’s Golden Eye. Excellent choice on both of these actors. I’m already suspicious if Bean’s character (Rebecca’s husband) will actually stay dead or should I say, did he die in the first place? I also see Agent Miller playing a major roll in this show and his character liking Rebecca and wanting to help her more than catch her, which he’s been ordered to do.
At this point the higher ups in the CIA have ordered Miller to catch Rebecca. That is far from what’s on her agenda. The pilot ends with Rebecca walking over a bridge in Paris looking at pictures she just found of Michael. There are gun shots and she falls over the side of the bridge and lands in the water. I won’t spoil the rest of the episode because you really should check it out but I can tell that this is one woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her son. This one is getting added to the TiVo cue as well. So far it’s on Thursdays at 8pm on ABC. According to Wikipedia it’s a mid-season show and is scheduled to have ten episodes.