Crisis (2014)
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The tables have turned. Gibson finds himself on a mission orchestrated by Beth Ann's kidnapper, who insists Gibson publicly confess to his crimes at a ceremony with the President and First ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Piznarski

Writers:

Rand Ravich (created by), Rand Ravich
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dermot Mulroney ... Francis Gibson
Rachael Taylor ... Agent Susie Dunn
Lance Gross ... Agent Marcus Finley
James Lafferty ... Mr. Nash (credit only)
Max Martini ... Koz (credit only)
Michael Beach ... FBI Director Olsen
Stevie Lynn Jones ... Beth Ann Gibson
Halston Sage ... Amber Fitch
Max Schneider ... Ian Martinez
Joshua Erenberg ... Anton Roth
Gillian Anderson ... Meg Fitch
John Allen Nelson ... President Devore
Melinda McGraw ... First Lady Devore
Rebecca Spence ... Janice Gibson
Adam Scott Miller ... Kyle Devore
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The tables have turned. Gibson finds himself on a mission orchestrated by Beth Ann's kidnapper, who insists Gibson publicly confess to his crimes at a ceremony with the President and First Lady. Meanwhile, Ian receives a cryptic message that sends him and Amber on a dangerous mission. Elsewhere, Finleyand Dunn attempt to stop a threat and stumble upon a shocking revelation. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Words as Weapons
(uncredited)
by Birdy
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Season One
30 June 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

As a fan of political dramas, I decided to give "Crisis" a try because it looked like a very interesting premise. Plus, being an X-Files junkie, I was curious about Gillian Anderson's return to network TV. Those assumptions did hold...for about two episodes. After that, unfortunately, the show turns into a standard crime procedural lacking any sort of "new ground".

After the first two episodes of "Crisis", I thought that I had found the next great political drama. A group of high-society prep students on a school field trip (one being the son of the President of the United States) are kidnapped and held hostage. It is very interesting to see the different dynamics between the students and how they all react a little bit differently to the situation. Even the heavily-advertised Gillian Anderson return is a hit, as her character adds a toughness angle to the show that seems intriguing.

Sadly, that is where the innovation of this show ends. For the next 3/4 episodes, it turns into a complete procedural. It has the stereotypical "one male, one female F.B.I. agent" (played by Lance Gross & Rachael Taylor) premise, and follows a "one parent of a hostage each week" approach to storytelling. It is sad, because had the show-runners been able to focus on the relationships between the teen hostages themselves, THAT is where the interesting material was. As soon as the focus shifted to the parents, it became tedious and un-inspiring. Even Anderson's character has been pretty much in invisible since those first couple episodes.

I compare "Crisis" to a show like "Intelligence" on CBS. Both shows had great kernels of concepts/ideas, but instead of truly breaking ground with original storytelling, the networks instead shoe-horn those interesting plots into tired TV storytelling conventions. Both shows were also advertised as something almost completely different from what they turned out to be. Much like "Intelligence", I would be surprised if "Crisis" gets a renewal for a second season. It just doesn't differentiate itself enough from other similar "stock" fare on television these days.


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