TIMESLOTTuesdays @ 10pm on CBS.
SYNOPSISUNFORGETTABLE stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It's not just that she doesn't forget anything - she can't; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister's long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she's unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al's right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides - most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember. Ed Redlich, John Bellucci, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for Sony Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.
Carrie Wells: Poppy Montgomery
Al Burns: Dylan Walsh
Mike Costello: Michael Gaston
Roe Saunders: Kevin Rankin
Nina Inara: Daya Vaidya
REVIEWSPlease note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
|Randi Dertzo's Take|
|I really enjoyed this one. The beginning has quite a fast pace. In the first 10 minutes, she visits her mom who suffers from Alzheimer, play at some casino and gets into trouble there and sheís also a witness to a murder that happened in her own appartment building. We then learn that she was an ex-cop and that the cop investigating the murder in her appartment building is in fact her ex partner.
They didnít part in ideal terms and thereís a short but intense argument going on before they finally put their differences aside and she becomes a consultant for him to help him with this investigation. Having someone who remembers everything is pretty convenient. The way she works is that even if she didnít really see it the first time, she can replay an event in her mind and notice subtle stuff that were missed the first time.
The murder investigation goes on and at several times into the episode, she replays event in her mind that helps her rememeber stuff that helps with the investigation. We also see quite a lot of flashback scene from the last investigation she and her partner did back a few years back. This case is why she stop being a cop and landed in NYC.
CBS seems to think The Good Wife has a strong enough audience itíll follow it to Sundays and I suspect Unforgettable will probably struggle to beat Body of Proof (ABC/Citytv) and will probably end up fighting Parenthood (NBC/Global) for the second spot in this timeslot. Other rivals at 10pm are The Mentalist on CTV Two and the National on CBC.
The condition she has is very rare but is real. For more information about this condition : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperthymesia
|Rating: There's a great future for this show!|
|About Randi Dertzo|
I'm the founder of this website and I also owns ChannelCanada.com and Viewers.ca, a discussion forum about television in Canada.
|Gordon McDougall's Take|
|I have missed Poppy Montgomery since Without A Trace was cancelled, and I think this is a good vehicle for her to return to our weekly TV screens. She no longer has the cool name of Sam Spade, but as Carrie Wells, she finds herself surrounded by even more intrigue than she did on her previous series.
Thereís plenty of irony in the premise for this show. Carrie has total recall, except she canít remember the details of her sisterís murder. Why is that? Is she suffering from trauma? Also, her mother suffers with Alzheimerís disease. Various states of the mind are an underlying theme through this series.
When a murder happens in her apartment building, Carrie is reunited with her former cop-partner and boyfriend. Heís played by Dylan Walsh, who has also been missing from our regular viewing habits since Nip/Tuck ended.
I instantly bought that Carrie and the cop (Al Burns) used to be together, and I also buy the idea that they would team up again, despite their differences. Thereís plenty of chemistry between these two.
Fans of Without A Trace will enjoy Poppyís new venture. Itís reminiscent of her old show without being derivative. On the other hand, I think fans of Dylan Walsh will find it hard to adjust to him going from the edginess of Nip/Tuck to this more traditional cop show.
Unforgettable has inherited The Good Wifeís cushy timeslot and will likely hang onto a similar audience, and this show is an even better fit with the two NCIS shows that precede it. I canít see how it can miss.
Itís good enough, itíll probably get another season or more.
|Rating: There's a great future for this show!|
|About Gordon McDougall|
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com