Eleventh Hour: The Complete Series (2008)
|Genre(s): Crime / Drama / Mystery|
|Warner Brothers || NR - 775 minutes - $34.95 || October 20, 2009|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-10-19|
Writer(s): Stephen Gallagher (created by)
Cast: Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton
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Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest crime-drama, following “CSI” and the recently cancelled “Without a Trace”, is similar to FOX’s “Fringe” but without the mythology or character arcs, which is something viewers might dislike, but I prefer self contained episodes and this show did it well.
“Eleventh Hour” — based on the UK series of the same name — is a fairly straight forward show about Dr. Jacob Hood (RUFUS SEWELL), a genius scientist who specializes solving crimes of the unusual nature for the FBI. His FBI handler, Agent Rachel Young (MARLEY SHELTON), assists him on these cases and also is there to keep him in line and focused.
The cases Hood and Young investigate vary from episode to episode and don’t have a connection with one another, just odd occasions; kind of like “CSI” pre-Miniature Killer storyline. The series premiere ‘Resurrection’ finds Hood trying to find out the origin of cloned fetuses and to save a young woman who could be their next victim. As premieres go, it’s not bad and albeit a little ordinary in its presentation but like most freshman series, it begins to find its groove, primarily the chemistry between the show’s only two recurring characters (although later on, another character is introduced/added).
Overall, I enjoyed these episodes as much as I did when I watched them live. No, it’s not the best series even on CBS, not even the best new series of 2008 (that goes to “The Mentalist”), but I liked the fact you can go from one episode to the next and you will not miss anything. No big revelation that comes into play with their latest case. The only thing you might miss is some background into Jacob’s past, but that’s the extent of it.
I have been a fan of Rufus Sewell for many years and after seeing him playing villains in many feature films, it’s finally nice to see him play the good guy. I like that his character has a dry sense of humor, isn’t a dunderhead when it comes to social conventions, as much as I enjoy that show, her misunderstanding of situations can be a bit much) and is just a guy trying to do good and Sewell is perfect in the part and I can only hope to see him on television again in the future.
Unfortunately, CBS chose to cancel “Eleventh Hour” even though its lead-in, “CSI”, had been experiencing a decline in ratings after William Petersen’s departure. Although the show didn’t do a great job in retaining those ratings, it still did decent enough that a second season (perhaps a 12 episode order) could’ve been warranted.
This is a very basic release, no features are provided.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The show is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and other than some obvious pixilation and since the show is dark anything, not really much to admire, just a decent transfer.
Obviously since this is a barebones release, you’re not going to get much out of the audio and that’s the case here. The Dolby Surround Stereo is OK and gets the job done, but it is a little flat at times. On the plus side, the dialogue is clear and the score sounds good.
Even without any features, subpar audio and average video, I’m giving this release a passing grade just for the fact that Warner Brothers is actually giving fans a DVD release when even shows like “Without a Trace” (other than season one) or “Cold Case” (due to music rights) still have not seen the light of day. So, head on over to the WBShop.com and pick this one up, at $35, I still think it’s worth it.
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