Missing Review: Alliances

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Last we saw ex CIA agent Becca Winstone, she was plunging in the Seine river after taking a bullet. In "The Hard Drive" Missing picks up exactly as it left off with Becca and the photos floating underwater.

Just a logistical question here: when Becca does resurface and she grabs the photos, they are seemingly intact. How is that possible? Wouldn't they be soaked and blurred? Some setups are just a little too perfect.

Becca Breaks Down

Another perfect thing that I bring into question is the level of Becca's skills. For someone who has been retired from the CIA for 10 years, how can she still kick ass like that? I asked last week and I'm asking again because I'm still waiting to get some answers.

One thing we now know, is that before Becca retired she made arrangements in certain cases. For instance, she arranged to protect a man referred to as Hard Drive despite the fact that he committed a crime. Why? Because in that world everyone is committing some sort of crime in the line of duty. When push comes to shove, Hard Drive was an asset against the man Becca really wanted to take down, Antoine Lussier.

Lussier - as the head of French Intelligence - gave off a scummy vibe from the second we met him. It was obvious he wasn't going to help Becca, so their deal was really a moot point. It's also obvious that Agent Miller's deal with him is a sham, as Miller recognizes Lussier's shady traits. I think that depicting Agent Miller as a family man helped make the connection for viewers as to why he would go against protocol to help Becca. Family is essential. 

Sylvie was another instrument in showing us just how much family can affect a job as a CIA agent. Sylvie was horrified to see Becca, but once Becca mentioned that her son had been kidnapped, Sylvie softened. Becca was wrong when told Hard Drive, "There are no friends in our world." See more in our Missing quotes section. 

I disagree with Giancarlo that to find Michael, Becca had to treat him like any other missing person. Becca has an advantage as his mother because she has knowledge that no one else possesses. When Lussier tried to exchange faux Michael for Hard Drive on the bridge, who else but Becca would know that Michael has a slight shift in his walk from a skateboarding accident?

In addition, there was the "I love you" code that Michael etched onto the wall in last week's episode. I wish we could see more of what is going on with him. Obviously he is kidnapped and Becca is looking for him, but it would be really interesting to see things from the other side. What does Michael know? What is happening to him? Does he know Becca was in the CIA?

While it's frustrating to have so many questions, I do feel that we are learning a bit about Becca as we go on. A good show must be able to balance the questions it leaves viewers with and the answers it later provides. When it seems like all you're getting is cliffhangers, it's hard not to say screw it. Fortunately I think Missing has done a good job with this in it's first two episdoes. 

The last scene with Becca and Michael screaming for each other on the runway gave me goosebumps. He is alive, she has seen him. If that doesn't intensify the search, I'm not sure what does. What did you all think of the second episode of Missing?

Review

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Missing was an excellent miniseries. The last episode was a real cliffhanger, and the frustrating thing is that we won't ever know what happened to Beccah.

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I loved the show and I think the critics are being way to harsh. Its very easy to pick apart any show. Especially if your looking for a reason. Love the cliff hangers that's what makes you want to watch next week. Keeps you interested. Very good story line!!

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It's amazing how critics have obsessed over calling Judd's character an overprotective and smothering mother. HE WAS KIDNAPPED & she is trying to save him! Any mother would recognize her anguish when the plane takes off. Yes, this is escapist t.v. It functions very well in that regard & I enjoy it. I'm open to fair criticism about plausibility issues but jeez, where is the snarkiness toward her being a mother coming from? Maybe if it was a dad they'd stop using words like smothering & helicopter mom.

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This show is fantastic. Critics whining about realism don't get it. It's a show. About spies. Not realistic, just fun! Did the critics complain that Alias wasn't realistic too? Come on! It's entertaining. And yes that last scene was heart-wrenching! Her pain was palpable. Writers are excellent. The exotic locales are great. Really hoping this show makes it but am worried bc core Ashley fans are, by their own admission, not necc sharp enuf to get this fast paced smart show. Ashley is great in it but the rest of us just dig the smart writing and slick production. Good good show.

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This episode was great, just one question:
About how many guns does she have now? People just keep fiving them to her.

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I love this show! It is action packed and riveting. The final scene of this episode was heart-wrenching!! I just wonder how long a series can last based on a mother's search for her son... wouldn't you think she'd eventually find him? As much as I love it right now, I can see it getting old. Seems like it should be a mini-series culminating in the reunion of mother and son.

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I love Ashley in anything she is in, but I am not sure about this yet. Things happen so fast and they are not explained enough. will not givew up yet. It has to get better with Ashley as the star.

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I disagree with those who think production values are low. I think the show comes across as a very slick production with great scenery. I knew Lussier was not to be trusted since he played Ramon Salazar on 24, Keifer Sutherland's last series. And BTW, Hard Drive also had a role in 24 as Marcus Alvers. I think it is nice that Sutherland rewards his former colleagues.
I found the final scene gripping and heart stopping. So near, and yet so far.

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New drinking game alert! Every time Ashely Judd say "My son" take a drink. You'll be buzzed before the first commercial break.

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Ok, I'll give it the ok to "shoot until you miss" ...on to ep3.... But it is what it is.... A lame network attempt for a Bourne wannabe... and that final scene on the runway......c'mon , I am more close to tears watching the Am Idol audition winners celebrate.
Maybe if it was written & produced for airing on PAY cable .... The premise would be more than just watchable on a slow tv night ......when PAY cable is airing reruns from Sunday nights.....