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'Persons Unknown' - 'The Way Through' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2010 12:40PM
Persons Unknown(S01E03) Let's say you're trapped in a small town with a group of people. You've tried to get out of the town but it's surrounded by an invisible fence that fries you with microwaves if you touch it. Let's say you all get the great idea to go under the fence. You spend a week digging a tunnel. Question: what do you wear?

Well, if you're trapped in Mayberry 2.0 like the 'Persons Unknown' group, the guys wear suits and the women wear nice clothes.

OK, so they didn't all wear suits and nice clothes, but Mr. Jerky and Hot Blonde did, and it just seemed odd to me, getting all dirty and sweaty from a week's worth of digging. You have a whole store filled with free duds, people!

But I have to hand it to this show, how it keeps adding some new plot twists that actually make the show more intriguing and not more tedious, like a lot of these short-lived mystery shows seem to be. I don't know if that will stay true for the entire 13 episode run, but it's been true for the first three episodes. The show could have easily gotten stale by now, just repeating the same old scenarios with different people. But the booby trap in the tunnel? The video popping up on the TV? The private eye having the files of all of the people on his computer (along with info about payment from someone)? All good developments.

I like the private eye character, but the reporter character and his editor really rub me the wrong way for some reason. In a way I wish they were played by different actors, but maybe they'll grow on me over the ten remaining episodes.

I'm still wondering if the kidnapping of these people was done by someone who knows them intimately, like a family member. Well, obviously it was done by someone who knows them -- which is why we saw the millionaire smother his wife on the TV set and why Janet's daughter and mom were on every poster and picture in the drugstore. But for what purpose?

I don't know why I guessed immediately that the gas masks were actually the poison and not the gas itself. But it was still a neat twist. The people were probably being tested about whether or not they would give the masks to the ones that didn't get a mask. Of course, I'm just spit-ballin' here. Who knows what that was all about. But I'm OK with not getting any definite answers right now, because I know that the answers are coming. This show is a lot like 'Lost' (people trapped in an area they're not familiar with), and much like being stranded on a desert isle, it's just a matter of time before these people turn on each other and learn each others secrets.

Unlike 'Lost' though, this show will probably answer who dropped those supplies from the copter (oh, snap!).

More thoughts:

- Maybe the two guys should have beaten up the night manager after all. He's irritating as hell. He claims to be just there on a job, hired by someone and he's trapped too. But he keeps acting all creepy and knowledgeable, almost like he's teasing them because they're trapped and frantic and have to eat Chinese food all the time. From the preview for next week's episode, it looks like his story opens up a bit, and it could be the biggest twist yet.

- Not sure what the sound was on the phones. At first I thought it was the old dial-up tone we all used to hear when we first joined the web, but now it sounds like alien bugs making noise.

- The reporter is Janet's ex? I smell Photoshop.

- There's a cannibal reality show on TV? I must have missed that. Is it 'Who Wants To Eat A Millionaire'?

- Forget 'Lost,' this show is a lot like 'Gilligan's Island.' Charlie is Mr. Howell, Victoria is Ginger, Janet is MaryAnn, Moira is The Professor, and Joe is...Gilligan. OK, my comparison falls apart there. But still!

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Vito

I think I have found the show that will inspire my summer. But I do have to admit that there are a couple of things that just don't make sense, or at least for now . It looks like Joe and Maira have a weird personality : the first one doesn't like to share his story and doesn't like to answerothers question ( he is clearly attracted to Janet, which will make this story lame and less tense) . Maira, is very weird. I like her just bcs of her weirdness. Janet seems to be theain focus of the story, but why her only ? Will she be the cause of why others are there? On that photo, at first I could recognize that it was him, but then I realized that he was him . He might be the father of the girl ? Or was that a Photoshop ? Lots of suspense. Lost is nothing compared to this, I can't wait to be Monday and watch the 4th episode!

June 27 2010 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

fortune cookies for everyone ;)

June 26 2010 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jay

I am sure the Chinese restaurant is some kind of purgatory.

June 24 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SpankyATL

Here's what I think. They are all patients in a hospital or patients of the same psychiatrist and this whole experience is an experiment to see how they react in certain situations. Or, maybe they are brainwashed, laying semi-conscious in the hospital and this is part of their treatment somehow. The thing I can't figure is, where do the reporter and editor fit into the picture? Maybe he's the next person to end up in the therapy group!

June 23 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nuray

The information on the IMDB page for the show is a bit telling. Listing how many episodes each character will appear in is making me speculate just who is going to be left and who is behind all this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1333050/

June 23 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

It was really sweet to see Hot Blonde deck Car Salesman after he forced himself on her.I'm also wondering if his response at the end of the episode that he was not a car salesman was true or not,& if so who is he?

June 22 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

Did I forget to say I LOVE this show??

June 22 2010 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

"The reporter is Janet's ex? I smell Photoshop." Me Too!

After all, if he was Janet's husband, why would the PI keep telling him keep away from the story? I think the PI is setting the reporter up, hoping the government will somehow stop his inquiries.

"...but the reporter character and his editor really rub me the wrong way for some reason." Again, I agree!

The reporter looks like he's wearing a disguise. As to the editor, I didn't like her when she was on "Criminal Minds", so that might be influencing me.

June 22 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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