Sunday, October 19, 2008

Review: Eleventh Hour, Episode 1.1, "Resurrection"

Eleventh Hour is an American remake of a British miniseries. The original was created by Stephen Gallagher (writer of two Classic Doctor Who serials), and starred Patrick Stewart as a scientist investigating weird scientific cases while being protected by a Special Branch agent played by Ashley Jensen. In the remake, Stewart and Jensen have been replaced by Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton as a scientist and an FBI agent.

The US remake is from prolific film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the CSI television franchise). Mick Davis (The Invisible) is the showrunner, and CSI producer/director Danny Cannon is also involved. Davis wrote this episode based on Gallagher's original script and Cannon directed it.

I haven't seen the British original, so I can't compare the two, but I wasn't at all impressed by the first episode of the US remake. It feels like a plodding cross between CSI and The X-Files, and its basic concept is too similar to Fringe. Even if it had debuted before Fringe, it still would be the lesser of the two. One episode was enough for me to cross Eleventh Hour off of my viewing list.

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