Year after year, we see new TV shows (especially in the über over saturated fall TV line up) that all vie for our attention as the new show to watch. Networks after networks all compete in hopes that their TV shows will resonate with an audience, by promo alone mind you. Very few can actually claim to have accomplished such a feat. With many viewers even changing the channel when promos for new shows air. However, there was one TV show that as soon as we watched the first 30 seconds of the trailer, we knew we were hooked. After watching the pilot episode, we knew we had made the right decision in naming it this new TV show to watch.
‘Hostages’ is a one hell of a thrill ride from, from the very beginning. First, we are introduced to FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) who stops at nothing in order to get what he wants. In the opening scene, he’s part of a FBI negotiations team, taking down a bank robber, who’s holding innocent people hostage. We don’t know much about Carlisle in the pilot, but are shown that he has a daughter and his wife is battling life-threatening cancer. Cut to the next couple scenes, where he is shown as the leader of a team taking Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) and her family hostage. As the pilot unravels, the audience starts to learn more about Dr. Sanders and her family. They seem to be the perfect all-American family. The perfect son/daughter quota is met and they even have a golden retriever. Hey, every perfect family needs an animal companion, right? We soon find out that Dr. Sander’s husband, isn’t the loyal, loving husband he seems, their daughter is hiding a pregnancy and their son is involved with drugs.
Dr. Ellen Sanders has been chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Carlisle, while taking her family hostage, instructs her to kill the president of the United States or her family dies. The morning of the scheduled surgery has Sanders giving the president the wrong medication (blood thinner) which causes the surgery on the president to be postponed for two weeks. The surgery gains national attention, and while leaving the hospital, Sanders is asked by a reporter how she feels about the events of the morning that caused the surgery to be postponed. Sanders looks dead into the camera and says “I don’t give up that easily”. Sending a message directly to Carlisle, who she knows is watching, as if to say “Game On!”.
From the very beginning it feels as though you are watching a movie. The scenes are intense and dramatic. What we love about this show is that McDermott’s character seems as though he’s walking a fine line. He’s not completely a good guy, but not completely a bad guy either. It’s almost as if he’s a perfect shade of grey and how the audience sees him will differ between episodes.
We are going on record in stating that ‘Hostages’ is 2013’s new hit TV show to watch!
Get in on all the action; ‘Hostages’ airs Mondays 10PM EST on CBS.