Taken - NBC
A Viking turned young Liam Neeson movie character must have seemed like a no-brainer. But Taken movies were pulpy goodness because it was a kick watching the older Neeson as a one-man killing machine who needed nobody's help. Watching Clive Standen's take on Bryan Mills as he learns how to be a member of a team (which are not the particular set of skills we were hoping to discover) is a letdown. Set him free?
Victoria - PBS
Victoria was quite good. The unfortunate thing about the show is PBS hoped it would be its new Downton Abbey, and it was overshadowed by Netflix's The Crown. As such, Jenna Coleman's performance as Young Queen Victoria practically flew under the radar, which was disappointing indeed.
Powerless - NBC
Powerless has a great premise when TV shows and movies are overtaken at the moment with superheroes. What about the people who have to live in the cities that are continually destroyed by those damn heroes? Remember when Felicity flattened a city with a nuke on Arrow? Powerless has a great cast, too. Problems so far seem to be incredibly odd scheduling and a failure to buckle down and write for the concept. Do it!!
Iron Fist - Netflix
This is just sad. With all the good Netflix has done for the Marvel Universe, this one got tied up issues that should have been non-starters, and then the conversation that accompanied those were on a slick, icy downhill path to so many feet in so many mouths it may never recover. The issues may or may not have clouded true critical reviews, but at this point, critics hate it even if the audience appears far opposite. Time will tell if all press is good press.
APB - Fox
The people who hated Iron Fist probably hated APB, too. Gadgets are the name of this game, but even with the good cast, it's another show critics panned. Those who viewed it, though, loved it. That's a common theme, and no matter how you slice it, it means some potential viewers will never tune in, thus never knowing if they'd like it or not. Not a good combination, you guys. Disappointing, to say the least.