From the executive producer of shows like, Without a Trace, Cold Case and the C.S.I franchise, Jerry Bruckheimer brings us a policing drama straight out of the “Wild West”, Chase. It follows tough Texan US Marshall, Annie Frost and her elite team as they track down the Texan states most wanted criminals…
For what it was, the pilot episode of Chase was a fun ride. The show aptly lives up to its name as there are some enjoyable chase sequences and good stunt set pieces. What the pilot mainly lacks is strong dialogue and intelligent plotting.
Straight off the bat, we witness Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) chasing a criminal, and during their little tussle the criminal asks, “Didn’t your Mother tell you, girls shouldn’t play with guns?” to which Annie replies, “My mother died when I was 8, so no.”
As dialogue goes, this would seem more at home in a comic book. There are several more similar nuggets of information that Annie drops throughout the episode, and towards the end I found myself thinking “OK, I get it. She has a difficult growing up.”
Despite this though, you can’t help but warm to Annie. She’s strong and can hold her own, not too dissimilar to Olivia Dunham in Fringe, and Nikita (though maybe not as kick ass).
Annie has a fugitive apprehension team in the shape of Jimmy Godfrey (Cole Hauser), Marco Martinez (Amaury Nolasco), Daisy Ogbaa (Rose Rollins) and newbie Luke Watson (Jesse Metcalfe).
With obvious exception to the newbie Luke, you can tell the team have been working together for a long time. There are several jokes and one-liners between the team but it’s very difficult to care for any of them because we just don’t know anything worthwhile about them.
The antagonist of the show is played by Travis Fimmel, from the rather brilliant “The Beast”, and in the first five minutes of turning up in Chase we can see just how dangerous he is.
Problems for me arose in the tracking down of this week’s criminal. There were moments when watching the team piece together clues to his whereabouts you may find yourself thinking “How on earth did they come to that conclusion?”
I should point out that Chase isn’t necessarily poor. It’s fast paced with lots of action, something you could enjoy with a large bowl of pop corn maybe. If you’re after some deep and engaging characters with a compelling story you may disappointed.
Though, it’s worth pointing out that this is just the first episode. There are definitely areas for improvement and hopefully in the up and coming weeks the show will just get better.