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Unforgettable: Season One

Unforgettable

Season: 
Season One
Network(s): 
Genre: 
Grade:
C+
Seasons: 
1
Discs: 
6
BONUS FEATURES:

~Keeping It Memorable: Cast & Crew of Unforgettable
~Unforgettable Production Design
~Unforgettable: Remebmerers
~Commentary on Pilot and The Man In The Woods eipsodes
~CBS Launch Promos
~Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes On Select Episodes

Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery; Relativity) suffers from rare medical condition called hyperthymesia, a condition that doesn’t allow her to forget even the most minute detail. The only thing that Carrie can’t remember is the tragic death of her older sister, an issue that directly resulted in her retirement from the police force in Syracuse where she was a detective.

Carrie has moved on, or at least is attempting to, making money using her gift to clean house at gambling locales. When a woman is murdered in her apartment complex her new life is interrupted when a former lover, Lead Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh; Nip/Tuck), comes to question her as a witness to the killing. It’s here where Carrie is drawn back into investigating crimes, as Burns convinces her to work with his team as a consultant. She takes it as an opportunity to reopen her sisters case and use the police department resources to aid her. Will she ever remember what happened?

When I see shows that feature women in lead roles I always want them to do good, but I always know in the back of my mind that there is a set precedent for how most networks handle these types of shows. The female lead is always going to be a cross between vulnerable and strong, not an easy feat as its rarely pulled off without returning to stereotypes. Poppy Montgomery manages to make it work for the most part. She is physically built so that when say, she has to take on a crowbar wielding assailant, the viewers aren’t going to throw their arms up and think there’s no way that would be possible. Montgomery reminded me of a T2 Linda Hamilton but with a more feminine edge.

While Carrie is a great physical presence the show does sink to trying to make a sex symbol of her every chance it can get. It’s here where I felt my patience running thin. For starters, everyone in the office is in a suit and tie. Carrie? She seems to have a never ending supply of tank tops. Hmm? Montgomery also makes pouty faces every chance she can get, especially when she’s retracing crime scenes in her mind, and because this is a mainstay in the show, it’s far to often. When shows force their main female leads like this it just comes off plastic.

Other then those complaints I really grew tired of the retracing technique of the show. Carrie would imagine herself at the crime scene, examine everything, even things clearly out of her vision sight, and sport her pouty wide eyed stare. It felt like there was no differentiating this gimmick in any of the episodes. It was time consuming, dragged down the believability of some episodes, and seemed unnecessary in others. Fortunately some of the cases were well written giving the show a bit of a saving grace factor. Whether or not the show will iron out these hiccups, especially after being cancelled and then renewed by CBS, time will tell. 

AJ Garcia
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