Without A Trace, Channel 4

by | Jan 11, 2004 | All, Reviews

Series two

What to say if you liked it

A classy US crime drama from the people who brought us CSI and Cold Case.

What to say if you disliked it

Another formulaic US crime drama from the people who brought us CSI and Cold Case.

What was good about it?

• It’s about a missing person’s unit so it’s not your normal cops v killers stuff.

• This week’s episode featured a boy who has carefully adopted the look of Leo Sayer

• Anthony LaPaglia isn’t putting on that awful Cockney accent he did in Frasier.

• The CSI-style scenes recreating the words of witnesses are incredibly well done (Waking The Dead on BBC1 attempts the same thing with mixed results)

• The first episode of series two, about a missing schoolbus loaded with privileged teens, was one of the weakest we’ve seen – but do stick with it.

• It is all very slick and the plot zaps along.

• The video game in which points were scored for killing teachers in school corridors looks like fun.

• The beautiful Gary Jules’ Mad World was used in the opening sequence.

What was bad about it?

• As with West Wing, they seem to have upped the soapy off-duty aspects this time round.

• The first suspects are never the culprits (a law that can be applied to almost every crime drama)

• Anthony LaPaglia’s hair.

• Poppy Montgomery, who plays Samantha Spade, looks like a miserable version of Britney Spears.

• She looked even more miserable when she shot dead the villains who knew where the missing kids were (another TV drama law is that baddies only die if they are in possession of vital information)

• The dreary Gary Jules’ Mad World was used in the opening sequence.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

11/01/2004

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