Ransom: “Cop Serial Drama” with a Twist

Ransom is not the usual serial cop drama. While yes, sure, it appears to be a serial with many elements from the police and crime worlds, it’s still something new. I can easily compare it to Scorpion: There is a weekly case to be solved, but the team isn’t the police, and the solution methods are far more interesting.

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Ransom stars Luke Roberts as Eric Beaumont, the boss of “Crisis Resolution”, a company that specializes in solving cases where there are hostages and and a ransom demand. But unlike the police, they seek to promise the well being of the kidnapped, no matter what. We enter this world through the eyes of Maxine Carlson (Sarah Greene), who wishes to work in Eric’s company, but Oliver Yates, the company’s psychological profiler, rejects her. She goes behind his back straight to Eric, in the middle of an operation, and manages to get his attention. He invites her to join his team (him, Yates, and Zara Hallam, the security middlewoman) to their next mission.

I won’t recap the entire episode, but in it, the major case is a ransom demand from two brothers who, allegedly, has a kid that went missing 8 years ago, and they want 5 million dollars in return. Eric does his best to navigate this case, with the parents issues on one hand, and Maxine’s involvement on the other. We learn why Maxine wishes to work for his company, why Yates didn’t want her there, and we see Eric’s methods (i.e. no violence and no guns).

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Usually I’m not a fan of drama serials, but this one appealed to me for several reasons:

  1. The cast is small (yet), and everyone of them has a clear job. The chemistry between them seems solid, and the potential for the future seems great.
  2. We might react to Eric’s job like the father of the kidnapped kid in this episode: “You’re a professional negotiator? I didn’t know there’s such thing”. And Eric responds: No one knows about this profession, until they need one, and they know the police won’t be of any use.
  3. There is some humor sprayed in between, and that’s great. Daft drama with no humor is a no-go most of the time.
  4. The use of CGI for Yates technology impressed me. After all, the series seems to happen in the future, but he has an hologram screen computer. I was happy at that moment.
  5. Maxine’s reason for joining “Crisis Resolution” is probably the big arc of the season, and I hope it would be dealt with interesting twists and ideas.

Sure, we need another episode or two to determine if we have another new success like Scorpion, but the potential is in there. I warmly recommend watching it.

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