A Strange Little Show – Persons Unknown

A friend of mine recommended watching a show that aired on NBC back in the summer of 2010 called Persons Unknown. I really wanted to like the show, and I did like the premise of it. The story could have done a whole lot more than it did – honestly, I spent a large portion of each episode asking myself, “What in the heck is going on here? Why are these people here? (That one got worse after the last couple of episodes where the writers revealed a whole lot of ideas that went no where!) Will they get out? What is the overall purpose of this ‘Program’?

There were a couple of actors that I knew by face and name and a remaining cast that are all probably really talented actors, but largely unknown to me until I looked at the IMDB page for the show and looked at some of the other work they’ve done. Sometimes the acting felt forced or low budget, and after looking at a little about the show itself, it was done in different locations and had several episodes made before the initial pitching of the show to Fox.

There is also somewhat of a ‘controversy’ surrounding the end of the show. During the original airing in 2010, there was confusion as to whether it would return, and when revealed it would not – all promotional material for the show indicated there would be no unanswered questions left hanging in oblivion. Well, they lied about that and did so knowingly. There is an interview with the shows producer Remi Aubuchon that intimates the frustration felt by him and other cast members when they saw these false promises of answers from the bigwigs running the show. The interview can be found at CliqueClack TV, and does reveal the direction they were planning on going with the show.

Overall, I would give the show a 3 out of 5 stars – the idea was interesting (though confusing) and the situations the characters face are mind boggling, chilling, insane…The one and only season is available on Netflix. The season contained 13 episodes, each running approximately 43 minutes and originally aired July – August 2010.

NBC describes the series as follows: “While being held hostage, the strangers are constantly watched by omnipresent “security” cameras with no idea who or what is behind them. Every attempt to leave is thwarted by unforeseen circumstances, which seem to derive from mysterious forces. At every turn, these strangers-turned-comrades are threatened physically, psychologically and emotionally…”

Have you watched it? What did you think? Any chance you would recommend it to someone and why? Sound off folks – would LOVE to hear from you!

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