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Eleventh Hour Review

October 11, 2008

Eleventh Hour is CBS’s remake of a British show–basically their attempt at what ABC is doing with Life on Mars. After watching it, though, I wonder if it was really a rewrite of a W-2 slip, because that’s about how interesting it is.

Eleventh Hour is about Dr. Jacob Hood, played by Rufus Sewell, a scientist who works for the FBI tackling “crimes of a scientific nature.” For example, in the premiere, he has to hunt someone down who is cloning babies. His partner is Special Agent Rachel Young, played by Marley Shelton, who is essentially his bodyguard. Sounds good so far, doesn’t it? Yeah, but that’s just because its on the Internet.

I can’t really say good or bad about this show. It just doesn’t go either way. There is nothing that makes it stand out from any other of the bajillions of crime-fighting shows out there today. It was sadly generic, actually. They could have had everybody wear white clothing with their roles (“Nerdy Scientist,” “Bodyguard,” “Bad Guy,” “Victim,” etc.) just stamped on their clothing, like the generic beer cans of the eighties. (Hmm, now that I think about it, that would be more interesting…)

Is Eleventh Hour unwatchable? No, its writing doesn’t suck that badly, its just that when you have American TV already deluged with CSI, NCIS, Law & Order, and any variety of cop shows, another cop show is just another cop show. You would think that it would stand out–after all, most cop shows aren’t about scientists–but then we already have Bones, and Eleventh Hour doesn’t seem to really capitalize on the premise. I think I might have yawned during it. I will say one thing, though–its the perfect time to fill out your tax return. They go together perfectly.

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