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The Nine: Outsiders

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 11:29PM
The Nine(S01E07) So we finally find out what Jeremy did in the bank to make Lizzie so upset and make him feel so guilty. One of the gunmen took the both of them to a hallway in the back of the bank, and while he was distracted, Jeremy ran for a back door! He actually wanted to get out, leaving Lizzie there, but felt really guilty about it. And now she's pregnant and they can't stay together and they have to tell his parents about it.

This episode gets into a flashback that isn't just in the bank, but also the interviews the police did with Kathryn's mom and other relatives as the siege started (hours 4 through 8, actually). They are trying to figure out not only what the bank robbers are like, but also what the hostages are like, so they know how to handle everyone, and we get to learn some more about the hostages this way. We even see that the family members of the hostages interacted. Kathryn's mom is very observant. Almost annoyingly so.

As if there wasn't already a big obstacle in the way of Nick and Kathryn getting together (she said yes to her Ed's proposal), Nick's ex-wife Juliana is now in the picture. She's a cop too, and she thinks her cover has been blown. She needs his help. Looks like they're starting a new plot thread here. The whole thing seems to come out of nowhere. Before you know it, Nick has a gun in his hand and running down an alley fighting with a guy. Eh. This story is in the way right now (and they have to have them have sex too?), though I do like the flashback to Juliana being interviewed by the cops during the crisis. She leaves him a note at the end and leaves (though I doubt we've seen the last of her). Nick asks Ed for some help with the case.

Franny finds out that Eva has a safe deposit box, and she decides to go into the bank to see what's inside, with Malcolm's help. She finds grandma's heirlooms, a birth certificate, and more. And by "more" I mean evidence that her and Eva's mom is still around and living just 20 minutes away, and Eva knew about it. Malcolm takes her to see her and confronts her about her life.

But the big story this week, even though it doesn't get much screen time til the end (though more than Egan, who seems pushed aside lately), is that secret kept by Jeremy and Lizzie. The secret comes to light when they go to his parents' home, in what must be a most uncomfortable dinner. He confesses to his mom and dad what he did, and he's sorry. His parents are shocked by this, but happy about the pregnancy.

More than any episode before, this one made me realize that this probably won't see a second season. Not because of bad ratings or the show is bad. It's a good show. But as we get further and further away from the core of the story - the bank robbery and how it affects the hostages - the less effect it will have. How can we do a second season of this? Sure, the characters and writing are strong, but that first episode was so strong and regular viewers are so hooked into the bank robbery scenario that another season of this, where we just follow these characters in their regular lives, might seem like a bit of a letdown, even if it is well done. I'm sticking with this though. I'm really into the characters and want to see what exactly is going to happen.

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Great episode, one of the better ones since the pilot. I think it is all about character development but unfortunately they seem to just be copying the Lost format that struck gold. Flashbacks to release tidbits about a specific person's life with additional cast enhancements interspersed. Not enough action to relate to Lost/Daybreak fans, and wrong time slot to follow those two shows. It is more along the lines of Brothers and Sisters.

Too bad, I liked the show. But if you don't stick with this one you lose track of everything that happened. You need to follow this one all the way through or it just doesn't have enough pizazz to draw you back in. WIth the show going on hiatus I think those who pick it up again late or those with foggy memories will not get hooked come springtime. Doh!

November 28 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i think the show is on track - ex-wife will play a role in all this. i believe they're overcomplicating things while building the next twist. or maybe not.

November 25 2006 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you're looking for interpersonal drama, check out Brothers and Sisters. It's a great show.

I've missed the last two eps of this show. It started out strong and has some great actors (I don't believe that the guy is a cardiac surgeon, though), but I just don't buy the premise, I guess. Why would these people stick together so much? I just don't get it.

November 23 2006 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree. I dropped this show my by DVR's to do list. Maybe if this was an HBO show that only had to do 12 episodes a season, it would stay more focused. But trying to pad out a network's 22-26 episode season this concept just doesn't work.

So can serial dramas work without supernatural elements (Lost, Heroes)? Is interpersonal drama enough to make a show interesting?

November 23 2006 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You said it: . . . we get further and further away from the core of the story.

It occurred to me tonight after watching the east coast feed on DTV that this show has strayed far away from the original concept.

Oh, it is interesting, and some of the characters are good, but is it compelling television? Not really.

I do like Day Break . . . the show on at 9:00 before The Nine.

November 23 2006 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Somehow I was expecting the secret between those Jeremy and Lizzy to be something more. I wonder if this show will even get to finish out the season. It's a good show but I'm finding it hard to make myself continue watching.

November 23 2006 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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