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The Nine: Brother's Keeper

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 25th 2006 11:17PM

The Nine(S01E04) It's interesting how this show is becoming something different than how it started. Oh, the set up is the same, a group of strangers coming together after a horrifying bank hostage situation. But the stage it's in now is intriguing. The group started out as complete strangers who just happened to find each other together at a bank. Then, they find themselves becoming great friends and even meeting on a regular basis for dinner to help each other through this. And now comes the inevitable third stage: still great friends, but little differences in opinion are starting to create little irritations and disagreements.

And we find out that one of the bank robbers had a chance to escape, but decided to go back into the bank...

The major disagreement is what should happen to Randall, who survived Jeremy's attempt on his life but now needs a liver transplant or he'll die. Some of the group wants to save him (Lizzie), some are indifferent, and some want him to just die for what he put them through (Egan, Nick). LIzzie goes to Lucas and says she needs his help in getting Randall the liver. Oddly, Lucas seems one of the more level-headed and calm of the people who were in the bank that day, even if he was one of the bank robbers.

Egan puts together a bachelor party for a friend, and Jeremy goes. Meanwhile, Franny is getting phone calls from Ricky's dad, who is in prison. Nick wants her to talk to Kathryn.

Randall and Lucas' mom shows up to talk to Lucas and says that she's there for him. She's kinda screwed up too, and doesn't want to give Randall her liver because of an operation she had recently.

Lucas goes to visit Randall in the hospital. They reminisce about their days as kids where they pretended they were The Wonder Twins ("Wonder Twins power activate!"). Randall tells Lucas he's going to give him a piece of his liver to save him. They go to knock hands together, but Lucas wants to hold Randall's hand instead. Lizzie watches this from another room, where Jeremy tells her he wants to be a part of the baby's life.

This isn't the easiest show to recap/review. There are lots of characters, but everything is so damn intertwined and complex that it's sometimes hard to recap a look or a conversation or something else that not only happens but means something else in the bigger scheme of things. It's like trying to review an episode of a soap opera without having seen any other episodes (and I mean soap opera in a good way). This was another good episode. This show dares to be a serious drama about emotions, but never falls into that touchy-feeling trap. And those little snippets of bank robbery flashbacks are getting more and more interesting...Randall gave Lucas the bag of money and told him to escape. But Lucas came back.

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4 episodes, and we're still in Hour 1 of the bank robbery. Time to pick up the pace. Time for some questions to get answered.

October 30 2006 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, I thought this show had more attention and followers after reading prior reviews on this site. Seems like all comments are negative and everyone is giving up. I have allowed myself to get wrapped up in the show, I am hoping it will pay off. I do not have doubts, however, like the previous posters. I think there is more good, worthwhile stuff to come. It has a favorable time slot for the next couple of weeks before Lost goes on temp hiatus.
I hope the show goes in an exciting direction over the next two or three weeks before the Lost hiatus or, in fact, the Nine may become "lost", pardon the pun.
After reading the comments here, seems as if viewership is on the downward spiral.

Previews for next week's episode seem to promise some excitement with a showdown between Kathryn (Kim Raver's character) and an undisclosed character elluded to being one of the other nine (presumably Franny for having connections with her sister's baby's daddy in jail, who in turn had connections with the bank robbers - the link being that the sister, Eva, may have been an accomplice in the robbery).
Whew, it is a soap opera show! I realize that now after trying to explain plot connections.

I'm staying tuned. The Lost hiatus may make it or break it for me, depending on what happens in the next two to three episodes.

October 27 2006 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm about ready to let this one go, too. If they start showing more about what happened in the bank, I might be persuaded to keep watching, but otherwise probably not. There's only been one reveal per episode so far: Felicia called 911, Lucas went back in, etc. These aren't big enough pieces of information to carry entire episodes, as far as I'm concerned.

I also think the show has a few too many main characters; not enough time to spend on each character means I'm not that invested in anybody. They should focus one one or two characters each episode (a la Lost), or just let a few fade into the background.

October 26 2006 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i've got this show on a short leash. i think i am just waiting for something better to watch at 10pm on wednesdays.

Since I can't tell where this show is going, I can forsee where my viewing habits is going: college basketball games in about a month on espn.

if the writers are going to do something to really secure viewers to the nine, they'd better do it soon and make it worth it. I really had high hopes for this show.

October 26 2006 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm done with this show.

It has some interesting characters (particularly John Billingsley as Egan Foote with an 'e') but it just isn't intriguing enough to warrant 60 minutes of my life.

October 26 2006 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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