First Impressions

Zero Hour

Aired on: ABC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The big news for the 2013 television?  Anthony Edwards, the beloved Dr. Greene of ER, was returning to television to star in a brand new adventure/conspiracy series called Zero Hour.  I've been a fan of Edwards' work since way back with his roles in movies like Top Gun and Gotcha! (does anyone remember that movie?), so I decided I would check out the premiere episode of Zero Hour when it aired at 8:00PM EST on February 14th on ABC.

                In Zero Hour, Anthony Edwards is Hank Galliston, a happily married man who publishes a skeptics magazine in Brooklyn, New York.  His wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett) is an antiques dealer and the opening of the first episode shows Hank and Laila at a street bazaar looking over antique watches and clocks.  When Hank leaves, Laila finds a rare antique clock with elaborate markings and decides to buy it.

                A short time later, Hank receives a frantic call from his wife telling him that someone is breaking into her shop.  By the time Hank and the police arrive, Laila is gone.  It isn't until he arrives home that he and his magazine staff/friends discover what may have gotten Laila kidnapped - the elaborate antique clock that she must have dropped off at home before going back to the store.  Just after discovering the clock, Hank receives a visit from the FBI.  Apparently, the man who took his wife is on the FBI's most wanted list as a known terrorist.

                Hank doesn't trust the FBI, but begins to realize that he has no choice but to keep them in the loop after he finds something within the clock that may lead him to wherever the elusive and possibly insane terrorist, Vincent (Michael Nyqvist), is.  As Hank, the FBI and his staff begin to unravel the secrets of the clock, Hank begins to realize that he has stumbled onto something, the scope of which boggles the mind - an elaborate plot by the Church to prevent the Nazis from gaining control of the secrets to the end of the world.

                Zero Hour is an action adventure series with a conspiracy flavor.  Think National Treasure meets The DaVinci Code gearing toward the Apocalypse.  As a history buff, I enjoyed the elaborate storyline and the flashbacks to 1938 Germany and how the creators of the show tie everything in to history.  Unfortunately, that's about all I liked about the show.  The acting, with the exception of some very real goofiness by Scott Michael Foster as Arron Martin, one of the magazine writers/researchers, was just not believable.  Anthony Edwards shows adequate anguish about his wife being kidnapped, but the rest of his acting seems off...somewhat flat.  And there is no real spark between him and any other character in the series.  It was nice to see Charles S. Dutton as a priest and longtime friend of Hank.  His was the most believable performance in the episode, though I have a sneaking suspicion we will never see him again.

                The creators of this series have peaked my interest with the storyline and the mystery.  I like shows in which you have to solve the puzzle of the mystery right alongside the main characters.  That means I will probably watch the next episode, hoping for some improvement on the acting and believability scale.  Without such improvement, one more episode of Zero Hour is all I will be willing to watch.


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