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A Fox’s Silly Procedure – The Hollywood Reporter


When charting procedural matching — complex programs where a case of the week and a larger, ongoing story go hand in hand — it would be helpful if you could show a show like Paramount+ Sinister (or old CBS’ Interested personif that’s more your preference) as an example of how to do it right.

Each stand-alone plot must satisfy, while the larger plot must be enhanced. Ideally, not to undermine the motivation of the other, and even more ideally, the topics in one should inform and enhance the topic in the other.

Warning: Missing Person Unit

Key point

You better miss this one.

Broadcast date: Special broadcast at 20:00 Sunday, January 8; Periodic screening at 9 pm Monday, January 9 (Fox)
Cast: Scott Caan, Dania Ramirez, Ryan Broussard, Adeola Vai
Creator: John Eisendrath Jamie Fox

It is perhaps equally helpful to be able to show a program that illustrates over and over again how to perform a poorly matched procedure – a warning pattern.

Then credit goes to Fox for the altruism of the release Warning: Missing Person Unit. The new TV series isn’t offensive or necessarily outrageous in its badness. I’m not mad at it. It just doesn’t fit and without Jamie Foxx’s presence as co-creator, it’s hard for me to imagine the show going on air.

Co-created by John Eisendrath, a aliases and Black list veterans know very well what a good version of this kind of show looks like, Alarm stars Scott Caan as Jason, a Philly police officer turned army mercenary whose son is kidnapped during Jason’s last term in Afghanistan. He is a trader. His wife Nikki (Dania Ramirez) is very sad. Six years later, Nikki is working as part of Philadelphia’s Missing Persons Unit.

Nikki sets up the land for Jason, one of those pesky TV husbands who just refuses to sign those damn divorce papers.

“We have been separated for three years. I’ve been with Mike for two years, okay? You and June run a private security service. You’ve been to at least three fertility clinics trying to have a baby,” she says, essentially nothing.

It should be noted: When this line is uttered, Mike (Ryan Brussard) has not yet appeared, June (Bre Blair) has not appeared and will not appear in the pilot (although she is in the second episode), and Jason was not seen doing anything in private security. In fact, he wasn’t seen doing the slightest bit of personal security work in either episode sent out to critics. She just told Jason things he already knew in case the audience overheard. It’s one of a number of engaging slideshows that get bogged down in the show’s first 43 minutes.

But don’t worry about the last part of Nikki’s presentation being irrelevant. Jason and his visits to the fertility clinic are extremely important to Alarm. In fact, what Alarm The best thing is to stop the momentum of investigating a missing person because of ridiculous conversations about sperm motility and whether men can fake orgasms.

Jason and Nikki’s son has been gone for six years, but suddenly, right in the middle of a different child abduction case at the pilot center, they receive information suggesting that Keith (their son) may still be alive. alive. Jason was hopeful at first. Nikki, who has poured all of her energy into a career of helping others find their children, initially rejected the same optimism. That didn’t stop them from getting on a plane, flying to Las Vegas, bursting through the door of a hotel room, and flying back to Philadelphia one afternoon – all in the middle of the week, even though the Philly MPU division seems to have five People.

Here’s just a hint for the writer: If your week’s case is about to tick – and it’s inconsistent here – but the characters tasked with pursuing the case feel less urgent about that so they’re willing to put it aside as a temporary unrealistic personal travel piece, it’s unlikely viewers will think there’s a stake. Doesn’t do much for the characters and their judgment either.

Both episodes I watched were crime-free during the week — featuring a missing girl threatened by her father’s job and then a kidnapped drug dealer — interesting enough to invest in though. only a small amount, so it’s probably appropriate that the program’s MPU handling is appropriate. equally fragile. The team included Mike – yes, Mike, Nikki’s aforementioned boyfriend – who proposed in the middle of the missing people area, in the middle of the workday; “C” (Petey Gibson), who proves his technical acumen by photoshopping a kitten onto Jason’s head photo; and the most annoying is Kemi (As Adeola). It’s not the Role’s fault at all, but Kemi is constantly walking through offices performing purification rituals and rambling about the famous men she’s slept with, and her skill set. It is “anything random that moves the case to the next scene.”

It was such an impractical and unprofessional workplace that I almost didn’t pay attention, in the first episode Jason wanders into the interrogation room and begins to interrogate a suspect despite having nothing to do with it. case and no professional competence with the department – and, despite that pretty obvious breach of ethics, Nikki will hire him an episode later.

So that’s two episodes with barely-there cases and then an ongoing plot with Jason and Nikki’s missing son who isn’t missing at all. Or is it him?!? It is very difficult to take care of. The separated family also has a teenage daughter do Different Favorite Fivel Stewart, forced to go back to high school here after playing an adult in the recent Netflix series Recruit.

All of this could perhaps be mitigated if Alarm there’s any visual flair, but the first episode features an incoherent fight scene in an elevator and a comical scene in which Nikki jumps from a balcony into a pool and opens fire on a suspect. because, you know, that’s what the police do. The second episode is completely forgettable.

To be Alarm intended to be some kind of insane program out of control like 911 franchise (maybe the joint jump is over), there should be no problem with bursting out laughing at random spots. But when Nikki told worried parents “We’ll get your baby back” and the desire to sing Chili’s song was irresistible… I felt bad, but mostly bad. because I didn’t watch something better.

Caan and Ramirez are fine.

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