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Standoff: Shanghai'd

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 19th 2006 10:30PM

Standoff(S01E03) There were two great things about this third episode of Standoff. One was a joke at the start of the show, when Matt says to Emily that he "feels like Lindsay Lohan," and Emily replies "oh come on, you're not that drunk." Matt was actually talking about everyone looking at him.

The second great thing about the episode was the commercial for a new Victoria's Secret bra. Something called the "Infinity Edge" bra. Awesome commercial. The rest of this episode? Meh.

A young girl out for a ride on a horse is kidnapped, her bodyguard killed. She's the daughter of a man who owns a chain of dry cleaning stores, but you know there's more to his business life than meets the eye. After all, why would the FBI be tapping his phones? The FBI decides that the girl's kidnapping case overrides anything else the FBI was working on. The agents working on the other case aren't too happy.

So, guess who's called in? That's right, Matt, Emily, and the gang. Again I wonder if they're the only hostage negotiators in the great Los Angeles area. And would they be called into a kidnapping case involving the daughter of someone that the FBI was already watching, someone involved in drug trafficking and extortion? Cool hand in the mailbox though.

The kidnappers want $12 million, but Emily senses that there's something special about this guy on the phone. There's nothing rough about him. He's calm and articulate and uses words that seem to indicate that he's a negotiator too. Maybe he's ex-military or used to work for a risk management firm. Just when Matt and Emily gets somwhere with the kidnapper on the phone, the FBI comes in and closes down the whole operation. They're taking over. The other case is just too important.

The machine used by the kidnapper to disguise his voice makes the voice sound just like the kidnapper's in the previews to Kidnapped. Maybe this could be a cross-promotion with NBC. Though I doubt FOX and NBC would collaborate on something in that way, eh?

So, this is the third episode of the series, and in a show that follows such a rigid formula as this (for better or worse), you know by the third or fourth episode what the show is like and whether or not it's going to get any better. This isn't a bad show, but it's not Must See TV or Must TiVo TV. It's more like Watch If Your Other Show Isn't On Tonight TV. It's sort of a shrug, the type of show you wouldn't really miss if it left the air. Kinda too bad, really. Ron Livingston is likable in everything he's in, and this show had potential. It seems like it could be good, but there's something about it that just doesn't click. The two leads don't quite have the chemistry the show needs, and the stale formula parts overwhelm any good plot twist that might pop up. Sigh.

And does that new Robin Williams movie look terrible, or what?

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Kevin

This better get cancelled after the fifth ep. If so, I win a DVR!

*Thanks TVSquad*

September 25 2006 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathan

I also like the show. It seems to be a new twist on an already crowded police drama. Numbers, all the CSI's, there all the same, look for and find the killer. With standoff, the killer or kidnapper for this part is right there. Its a different science to get the bad guy.

September 20 2006 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karen

this show doesn't do a damn thing for me. i made it through 2 complete episodes but wasn't impressed enough to bother dvr-ing or watching it in real time. very ho-hum, indeed!

September 20 2006 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lacey

I REALLY like this show. I'm a big fan of Ron Livingston, and I really like the relationship that he and Emily (who is super cute) have, and I'm interested to see how that develops.

But, I'm sure it won't last long, it IS on Fox after all.

September 20 2006 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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