No, I’m not writing a blog post about something that I’ve lost. I’m writing a blog post on the new TV series that aired last Thursday. Missing stars Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone, a former CIA agent whose son, Michael, played by Nick Eversman, has just gone missing. Her son goes off to college in Rome, on his own for the first time. We see a flashback from when he was a boy and his father, played by Sean Bean, is killed when his car blows up. Luckily, the boy goes back inside where he has forgotten his soccer ball, or else he would have been killed as well.
Before going off to college, Michael comes up with a code which he can text his mother which means “I love you”. He explains to her that he can’t possibly text the words “I love you” when he’s with his friends. I forget what the code is. Something like 26@4a something. That’s probably not even close. But whatever. Soon after he leaves, she checks her phone and receives that text. But seriously, he’s not with his friends yet at that point, he could easily have just texted “I love you”.
As the weeks go by, Rebecca stops hearing from her son, and senses that something is wrong. She finds out that he’s left his dorm and stopped going to classes and been kicked out of the program. This isn’t like him, so she goes to Rome to find him. I thought it would’ve been funny if it turned out that he actually had just decided to drop out and he was totally fine. But I guess that’s not the direction they decided to go in. When we first heard about this show, my mom basically told me not to end up missing somewhere, because she wouldn’t do whatever it takes to come and look for me. Well she didn’t say it in those words exactly, but I think it was implied. I don’t blame her though, she hates travelling and as far as I know has never had any CIA training.
It’s convenient that Rebecca is a former CIA agent and not just a typical soccer mom, or else she wouldn’t be able to go to the lengths that she does to get her son back. Although to be fair, her son being taken probably has something to do with her being a former CIA agent. Also, I wonder if maybe her husband didn’t actually blow up in the car and is still alive somewhere. Sean Bean has a recurring role, so maybe he’s alive, unless it’s all just a bunch of flashbacks that he’s in.
Even though she’s spent 10 years away from the CIA, she’s retained all the skills and tactics as if she’d never left. This is a great series to watch if you love to see a lot of action scenes in which Ashley Judd kicks some serious ass. I kind of feel like it should be a movie. Partly because I have a short attention span. Or maybe I just want it to be one so I can find out sooner what happens and how it ends. I would assume it would end with her finding her son. But if they want to have multiple seasons, then how will the first season end? How long will they draw out the story of her trying to find her son?
There’s a lot of action and it is interesting, so I think I’ll invest in watching it for now and see where it goes. Since her son’s been taken, and in Europe, I was reminded of the movie Taken with Liam Neeson for a moment. Except now it’s mother and son instead of father and daughter. In terms of the “I love you” code, I think it’s going to come up in every episode, because Rebecca comes to a place where her son has been, and he has written it on the wall. Convenient that no one else knows what the hell that means. I’m guessing writing “I love you” on the wall would not have the same effect. In any case, this show looks promising, and it’s cool to see a mother kicking ass and doing everything she can in order to get her child back. Even if my own mother wouldn’t do that for me.