Friday, 11 September 2015

Second Chance | Review (Fox)

Second Chance  (Formerly Known as The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass)
The pilot was written by Rand Ravich (Life, Crisis, The Astronaut’s Wife). Based on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Co-produced by Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24, X-Files, Buffy, Angel) & Hugh Fitzpatrick (Tyrant). Directed by Michael Cuesta (Homeland, Six Feet Under, Dexter, True Blood, Elementary). For FOX, 20th Century FOX Television & Teakwood Lane Prods.


Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead by rich, genius twins Mary and Otto Goodwin. Now younger, healthier and ten times stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose, the family he never took care of and this job he loved so much but couldn’t do the right way…

Although a new television drama based on the iconic character Frankenstein may initially sound interesting, judging by the trailer for the pilot episode, Lookinglass  does appear to be as thrilling or eccentric as one would believe. The pilot is essentially another cop/police procedural show with a twist – this time, Ray Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) plays an unlikely, tortured hero who helps the cops solve crimes. Plus, I’m pretty sure every possible crime has already been investigated by the likes of CSI and NCIS, and judging by the Frankenstein, the resurrection gimmick is not enough to make the show interesting in the long run.

The pilot focuses on how Pritchard was a deadbeat father and cop who was killed by burglars and then given a second chance at life. The only interesting aspect of the show may be the scientists (who neither of which are called Frankenstein) reveal their hidden motives and the lengths they’ll go to find a cure for the female scientist’ disease.

UPDATE: as if the show couldn’t become even less interesting, FOX announced the show would change its title from The Frakenstein Code to Lookinglass.

UPDATE: The show now goes by the name Second Chance.

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