The Peacock Canadian-British thriller about the investigation into a doomed international flight is similar enough to 24 to be intriguing, but not similar enough to be good, says Daniel Fienberg. "What is borrowed liberally from 24 are all of the show's editing rhythms, right down to the almost Pavlovian instinct to hear that trademark ticking clock before every commercial break and after every episode-closing cliffhanger," he says. "I say 'cliffhanger' rather than 'surprise,' because as the alleged twists come along, they become less and less surprising, especially if you're familiar with TV procedural conventions involving guest stars. The sixth episode is basically one talky twist after another, delivered with no sense of staging or excitement, which is almost a relief after one head-scratchingly poorly choreographed action scene in the fifth episode."
TOPICS: Departure, Peacock, Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer