First Impressions


Aired on: NBC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            Once again, I bring you a new midseason replacement that caught my eye in promo mode.  The promos appeared interesting, but I wasn’t so certain that it hadn’t been done before.  There was only one way to find out. This new dramatic NBC television series, Crisis, premiered on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 10pm EST.  I missed it that day, but caught it at a later date so I can bring you my First Impressions.

            Taking place in Washington, D.C., the premiere episode of Crisis begins with a school trip.  The children of the elite of Washington go to Ballard High School, including the President’s son (Adam Scott Miller), foreign diplomats’ children, etc.  These elite have no idea that today may be the last day they see their children.  On this day, a bus scheduled to take the teens on a school trip will be hijacked, a secret service agent (Lance Gross) will be betrayed during his first day on the job protecting the President’s son and a man betrayed by his government (Dermot Mulroney) will have revenge

            FBI Agent Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor) is assigned the case, but there are special circumstances involved.  Her niece Amber (Halston Sage) is one of the kidnapped teens and her sister Meg (Gillian Anderson) is the CEO of an international IT firm, just the kind of person these kidnappers want.  You see, these kidnappers want a different kind of ransom for the safe return of their captives.  They don’t want money.  Each parent of each teen on that bus is going to get a phone call and they will have to decide one thing - what will they be willing to do to ensure the safe return of their child?

            Things moved very quickly on this premiere episode and I fear that they may have given up too much already.  We already know the mastermind behind it all - Francis Gibson was the chaperone on the school trip, a former CIA Agent with a strained relationship with his daughter (Stevie Lynn Jones) who is one of the abducted students.  We already know that the mastermind wants some sort of revenge against the person or persons who have destroyed his life.  We already know about additional special circumstances involving Susie Dunn and this case - she is actually the biological mother of Amber.  We know that a Secret Service Agent is a key player in the abduction, but he’s not exactly a willing participant.

            And yet, there is so much we don’t know.  For instance, why was Gibson betrayed and who exactly is behind the betrayal?  What is Gibson planning and how are each of the high-powered parents going to be used in his plan?  Will he discover the real relationship between Amber and Agent Dunn and exploit it?  What is the ultimate goal here?

            For those answers and more, we’ll just have to tune in each week…but will we?  The answer for me is unexpectedly yes.  The show is well-written, the cast believable and, although the storyline is a bit far-fetched (the elite of Washington, D.C. on a school trip?  Really?), the viewer becomes invested in the characters and Francis Gibson’s plan.  They simply have to know what happens next…and so do I.  I’ll be tuning in to Crisis on NBC every Sunday at 10pm EST to find out.


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