Nnnnoooooooo... "Allegiance" was a faster pace, more to the point, modern-day version of FX's "The Americans", and without the gratuitous S&V. In fact, I prefer it to the highly acclaimed latter show. Why won't NBC give shows like this time to find an audience?! Hmm, maybe the better question is why a broadcast network takes this show in the first place. Why not leave it to AMC, FX, TNT, or Netflix/Amazon to cultivate them with less ratings pressure?
I want to like this show, I do. I'm in IT Security so this show resonates with me but it looks like they just threw the cast together without much thought. James VdB is tall and fit, but he's teamed with a pudgy Patricia Arquette who's just not right for this part. It's got to be awkward for them. And I can't believe they waste the premiere episode on a baby kidnapping/auction ring! Really?! Are they shooting for the young parent demographic with this show? I won't critique the other particulars because I'm more interested in each episode's technical premise, like the hijacking of a wireless baby monitor. So I'll come for the technical topic and will stay for not much else than that.
Is this comment stream for women only because that's all I see with Krystal patting everyone on the back. So here's the other side's opinion. The show is over-the-top in its crusade for women in power and that men in power are apparently the worst.Then there's the plausibility problem. Some shows pay respect to plausibility others don't and unfortunately this one doesn't, at all. There were many but the most glaring and objectionable was depicting her suspension. That she was able to slip the approaches of multiple officers - in skirt and heels no less - and coordinate the handoff of a Top Secret document, then got into the White House - which has multiple checkpoints that would snare suspended CIA officers (or should!) - and into the Oval Office was just unforgivable. If you're going to let your star character do that then it's apparent you're going to let her do anything and everything she wants without consequence and that makes this show no better than an animated series on the Cartoon Network. One and done pour moi, sorry gals.
His Fet character is pretty similar to his dark, mysterious Martin Keamy character on "LOST". Kind of surprised they didn't mention his prior series role on "LOST" at all. I guess none of that series' actors are playing that as a strength.
Like Allison, I see too many elements cobbled together from other shows. That's not bad in itself but it just seems to be pandering to so many demographics: there's the counter-estab-nerd, the autistic kid, the cute/vulnerable waitress, the very serious fed, the smart asian girl, the fat comic-relief guy, and the hipster with the hoody and pork pie hat - just like "Heroes" except with super smarts instead of super powers. And because we haven't all screamed loud enough, the computer hacker gets into any system as easy as if it were his own to begin with. If you're going to permit that lax of a plot mechanism then what's the point in watching because you've just signaled that Deus Ex Machina is the ace up your sleeve which is what that ridiculous plane-cable-car scene was. My prediction: early cancellation.
I like the premise of the show but they're just horrible at execution. The only way I can watch this show is leaning on the FF button. There's typically only two places in each episode I need to play at normal speed. So the net of this is for each week there's only about 5 minutes of this 1 hr show worth paying attention to, wouldn't count on its renewal.
Worst "Stars" cast yet, the producers had to resort to tier-3 actors, some of whom are still trying to make bank on their minor character from the 90s. There just had to be many discussions that started with "I swear if we don't get so-and-so then we are doing another season." Unfortunately, that person never prevailed and we have this pathetic set of "stars" we have to endure because your wives, like mine, make you watch it for the dancing, ugh.
Show's creator was interviewed and noted it's an actually award at Harvard.
Clearly, this and the prior episodes were leading to Louis' suicide but the writers feinted that and gave us Louis the Machiavellian. Also, given his medical history, the stress of those final moments could drop him down; otherwise, next season starts off with Jessica responding "Oh hell no!" In any case, please, please more legal drama and less Mike-and-Rachel playing house.
Sorry, I can't recommend this show except to women (notice the TVFanatic reviewer of this episode) because it has much more in common with a show like "Army Wives". There are so many problems with this show, the latter being just one: it starts in 1943 so the setting is one in which your father or grandfather grew up, and it's not at all colorful; in fact, they might as well filmed this in black-and-white because the muted grays and browns are just as bad. Next, the story starts after the project has begun, so there's no exposition of the Manhattan Project at all; in fact, the characters aren't even really named. That means this show is going to lean heavily on flashbacks which just adds to confusion, especially at the outset. It's also leaning heavily on family relationships (women love this) which is more distracting and FF bait. I was hoping the show would focus more on the science, the policy and ethical debates but instead we're getting splashes of Army Wives and Mad Men's misogyny. This is not a show designed for the mainstream; its target demographic seems to be men over 65 ("Baby Boomers") and women over 40. Deleted and removed from DVR's timer.
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