Monday, September 25, 2006

Waiting to Be Kidnapped by Jeremy Sisto

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was determined to add Kidnapped to my list of must-see shows for the Fall season, but that I would probably have to end up taping it because it airs opposite Project Runway. As it turned out, I did get to watch the premiere on Wednesday since PR was a repeat. I had planned on doing a full review of the show, but my brain is fried these days and now I can't remember much of it. I do remember Sisto though. Oh yes, I remember Sisto.

Jeremy is looking a bit rumpled and scruffy (scruffier than this pic) for his role as Knapp, the rogue kidnap-recovery specialist. I dig the scruffy look. It becomes him. I'm glad he's finally able to show a network-TV audience what a great actor he is too. In a role that could easily be overdone, (think Mel Gibson as Lethal Weapon's rogue cop, Riggs) Jeremy is tough (but not too tough) and delivers his lines like a guy who really has been doing this kind of work all his life.

Timothy Hutton, who plays the father of the kidnap victim, has certainly aged well. I've always liked him as an actor, but I didn't find him particularly engaging in the first episode. Dana Delaney did a good job as the mother. I've always liked Delroy Lindo, ever since I saw him in Get Shorty. His FBI agent is a pretty cool dude and, like Sisto, Lindo plays his man with restraint. There was another FBI agent who filled the requisite "over-the-top" character though. I'm not sure who played him, but he was the typical "we do things MY way because I know everything" guy who, of course, does things his way and screws everything up. When will those by-the-book guys ever learn?? Leave it to the rogues, man.

I admit that I had a hard time following the action, but I think that was mainly because my roommates kept talking. (Sure, but if I let out a peep during one of Heidi Klum's "auf weidersehen" moments, I get my head bit off.) Also, I'm not a fan of that weird, choppy editing. Like, a guy is sitting at his desk talking and all of a sudden you hear those "swish"-y sound effects, followed by pointless stop-motion, fast-forward weirdness. Whoever just decided one day that that was cool is a moron.

All in all, the show had some interesting sequences (the abduction scene, the subway scene and every scene Jeremy was in) and was well-written and acted. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

It's also quite possible that I'm moving to Brooklyn in January, and I understand that they've filmed a lot of Kidnapped around there. So now I have one major goal for 2007: Meet Sisto. Maybe he'll even let me buy him a slice of cheesecake at Junior's. Cheesecake with Sisto. Now that's just a little slice of Heaven.

Disclaimer: Jeremy, if by chance you come across this blog, I'm perfectly sane. I'm not like May or anything.

Follow-up: If anyone didn't understand the last reference, go rent Jeremy's movie, "May". It's quite freakish.


LoraLoo said...

Jeremy Sisto is definitely someone I'd like to have cheesecake with, too.

Didn't get excited about Kidnapped, it reminded me too much of that movie with Mel Gibson, and the plot is too 24.

Edge said...

Ya, but can you sustain a show on a kidnapping and be believable? Eventually they have to do one of three things.

1. Find him
2. Kill him
3. Return him
4. He escapes

Too much and it's just boring.



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