Missing: Is the New ABC TV Series Worth Watching?

Missing TV seriesIn ABC’s Missing, a former CIA agent named Rebecca Winstone (Ashley Judd) travels to Europe in search of her son Michael (Nick Eversman) who’s disappeared while on a summer internship in Italy.

She’ll use any means necessary to get her son back but will enough viewers want to follow along? Will the show be cancelled before she can find her boy?

Here’s what some critics are saying about Missing:

NY Daily News: “Rome isn’t conquered in a day, even by Becca, and watching Missing will require a commitment, not occasional whim. As drama it has a few holes and clearly a lot of backstory that will unspool at its own pace. Some of the action scenes, in keeping with special-effects tradition, are filmed in near-darkness. But the narrative is crisp, fast and easy to follow, and in the end the real issue is pretty simple: Do we like Becca Winstone enough to follow her every week down a long and bloody winding road?”

Boston Herald: “The mix of soccer mom and expert operative can turn funny: Becca interrupts her own interrogation of Michael’s girlfriend to scold her about smoking. Judd, who serves as series co-executive producer, makes for a surprisingly convincing action hero. It’s when she stops to emote in full mommy mode that the show drags. Missing might as well be about Becca’s identity crisis. ‘I am not CIA! I am a mother looking for her son,’ she protests. For this series’ sake, here’s hoping Becca finds her son soon and realizes her true calling is rescuing the rest of the world — or at least the eight o’clock hour.”

Washington Post:Missing is certainly no 24, but like that show, it prefers action at points where it could really stand to slow down and build out a slightly more creative story. It’s the very definition of a guilty-pleasure series, which ABC is getting good at, but it’s also a reminder of how far we’ve fallen since the more complex Alias days. You know how some people can get their father a spy novel and a sweater every Christmas — and he’s always satisfied? This is just his kind of show.”

LA Times: “She can say, “I’m not a spy, I’m just a mother looking for her son” as often as she wants (and she does, with wearisome regularity), but since Judd makes it so difficult to engage with her character, Becca’s quest becomes less, rather than more, emotionally evocative. What viewers are left with, then, are some excellent fight and chase scenes, an outstanding supporting cast (who, alas, only highlight the main character’s deficiencies) and a lot of truly beautiful location work. It may be enough, but it could, and should, have been so much more.”

USA Today: “Judd is certainly a game action star. But like many Hollywood stars her age, male and female, a certain plasticity has seeped in that damages both the character and her abilities as an actor. Whether through natural or artificial means, her face often appears to be immobile. And beyond the distractions, which include wondering how it can be possible that Becca has fewer wrinkles than her son, it limits her performance range. The scenery is pretty, though, and it’s not supposed to move. You’ll have to decide if that’s enough.”

NY Times: “The fights and action sequences are good by TV standards, and there’s a bit of classic international thriller ambiance, courtesy of location filming in the Czech Republic and a few scenes that actually appear to have been shot in Rome and Paris. Mostly it has Ms. Judd, who, with a mightily clenched jaw and the help of some excellent stunt doubles, is surprisingly credible as a starched, middle-aged action figure battling unknown kidnappers, every intelligence agency in Europe, her former C.I.A. handlers and, most critically, her own maternal instincts, which alternately help and hinder her.”

Hollywood Reporter: “Eventually, Missing stops demanding that it be taken so seriously. Your eyes are in for a treat, and Judd grows on you. Some of the hokey plotting fades into the background after that… If you want an hour of escapism and entertainment each week — and why wouldn’t you? — credit ABC for making an hour disappear into thin air.”

Newsday: “Nice locales (Paris! Rome!), a couple of decent action sequences… but otherwise a tepid potboiler over-seasoned with too many spy tropes and a plot with too many gaping holes.”

What do you think? Does Missing sound like it’s worth watching? If you’ve seen it, will you tune in again?

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  1. Barb says

    Again they remove a wonderful program. Whats wrong with you. Can you only write for 20 and 30 year olds. PLEASE try pleasing the adults of the television watching community.

  2. Elizabeth Miller says

    MIssing is a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat , waiting to see what suspense is coming next ! I am waiting to see the movie. My husband and I watched this movie together and really ,really enjoyed it.

  3. says

    Please, don’t cancel Missing. I’m portuguese and I can tell you that here, in Portugal, everybody likes and comments the series. We are anxiously waiting for the second season.

  4. Cheryl Dennis says

    I really liked Missing please tell me it isn’t cancelled I hope it will come back on for another season, please let me know if it will be coming back on

  5. Carol says

    Missing was a great show. I recorded the whole season and watched it over about three nights. It was so exciting I was so glad I had recorded and watched in that manner. I thought the acting and the actors were believable and was really looking forward to a second season.

  6. Christie says

    How could you cancel this show- it’s great especially compared to other boring programmes on TV. The supense is great and having 3 terrific actors on the show makes it certaibky worthwhile watching. Probably ABC wants to put on another ridiculous reality show.

  7. Debbie says

    How can you cancel Missing??? This show was GREAT and I loved the end with Becca missing. Come on ABC at least one more season and give us an end to it. I’m so tired of getting into a show and then you decide to just end it.

    • Marilyn says

      I love this show.. Why are the good shows being cancelled while so many of these stupid “reality shows continue to air?” This is one of the best shows on television and it gets cancelled! It would be great if it were picked up by a network who knew its worth.

  8. Eileen Benner says

    I enjoy this show. Some of her actions are hard to believe but we want to. It’s an hour of some fantasy and isn’t that good sometimes. Please don’t cancel.

  9. Jane says

    Loved this show!! Really disappointed that yet another good show has been cancelled! Very frustrating when you fall in love with a good series and then there is no decent finish to it!!

  10. Jane says

    Missing had me from the very first episode! I loved it! Finale of season 1 had an unexpected twist with Becca now missing!! Don’t cancel the show! It always happens when people become entralled with a new series!! Why bother starting one in the first place if you can’t at least finish it off properly without further mysteries!!!

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