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Friday, September 24, 2010

Undercovers pilot review

We wanted to watch this show for two reasons: 1) J.J. Abrams made it, and he usually makes good stuff, so we support him. 2) We were excited to see a healthy marriage on television, because they can be rare. But we were disappointed in the dullness of the pilot. There was no real twist on the genre or cool premise to hook us. Undercovers is just “two pretty caterers go back to being CIA to rescue a spy.” There needs to be more to it, and soon.

But we were given a clue that this show might have a bigger endgame, because one of the agents who pulled the couple back into the spy life intimated as much on a cell phone. He said that he hadn’t informed the couple of why they were REALLY recruited.

For all of you who wonder if it will be possible to maintain tension in a show with no will they/won’t they love story, just remember 24, a show that managed to keep us hooked without many romantic moments at all. The center of that show was the action and intrigue. We would like to see Undercovers go in that direction in the future.

We are going to give this more viewings, because we think an actual plot arc needs to develop before this one can get good. We wonder if this show is going to have trouble finding an audience problem. No offense to guys, but it seems a little too clean and classy for the 18-35 male crowd. My grandma would be bored. Girls like a love story where the people are getting together through drama. It’s not for children or teens. It’s not nerdy enough to really appeal to Alias or LOST fans. Who is going to watch this? Us, for now.

Episode grade: C+
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