Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Persons Unknown": the credibility misstep

"Persons Unknown" started out strong: a fascinating mystery, a guarantee of answers by the end of summer, an interesting cast, and lots of questions. I was really enjoying this summer series.

Unfortunately, the last few episodes have damaged the credibility of the premise. Supposedly, there's this omnipotent and omniscient Program behind everything. We don't know its purpose and we don't understand its methods; we see only this tiny segment of its actions, these terrified people disappeared to an abandoned town. But the last few episodes have shown us the minds behind the program.

The Director, a peevish woman. A guy who seems to be a manager from the mold of "The Office" with a really weird accent who bullies everyone below him and kisses the Director's butt without hiding his distaste. And a bunch of robotic call center drones.

THIS is an organization that can exert such power? That can vanish people without reprisal? That can completely control information in the media? That can snap and an ambassador crawls? These mediocrities?!? I don't buy it. Poor casting, poor writing, poor characterization.

There are only four episodes left, and I'll watch them to see how they attempt to pull it all together, but they manned their "Program" with such incompetents that I can no longer pretend to believe in their story.


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