At the core, there is plenty of potential with a Taken television series and while the first season was pretty bad in terms of the writing, with the apparent big changes for the second season, hopefully the course will be corrected.
Taken: Season One
Genre(s): Action, Suspense/Thriller, Drama
Lionsgate | NR – 440 min. – $42.99 | September 26, 2017
Date Published: 09/19/2017 | Author: The Movieman
THE SEASON — 2.5/5
Season Synopsis: Bryan Mills (CLIVE STANDEN), a former Green Beret, becomes swept up in a quest for vengeance after he fails to protect one of those closest to him: his younger sister. Following the capture of her killer, who sails on the open seas giving up secrets under duress, Mills is recruited by a mysterious group made up of operatives, where he hones in on his deadly skill set, diving headfirst into dangerous missions, with the help of his fellow agents, led by Christina Hart (JENNIFER BEALS).
Quick Hit Review: 2008’s Taken movie was a fantastic action movie featuring one of the best bad-ass characters to grace the silver screen, perhaps right up there with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne. Now, the sequels weren’t nearly as good culminating with the third entry which was absolute trash. So, with the film franchise done, it’s only natural to adapt it for television. The result: Clive Standen is, at times, a dead ringer, for a younger Liam Neeson and Jennifer Beals makes for a great boss/mentor. The problem is, the writing is absolutely horrible, with stilted dialogue and predictable plotlines.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5
|This is a basic release with only Taken: On-Set (4:33; HD) behind-the-scenes featurette. Also included is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Strangely, this did not come with a slip cover.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
|Taken: Season One arrives on Blu-ray utilizing those certain set of skills. The show is presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio as originally televised and given a slick looking 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture is pretty good offering up sharp detail throughout and there is some pops of color while black levels are fairly stark.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
|For some reason, Lionsgate went with a Dolby Digital 5.1 rather than the Blu-ray standard DTS-HD MA track but even though it’s probably not as rich, this is still has a strong soundtrack from the score, clear dialogue levels and even moderate depth during the action-centric scenes. This might not be a wow-worthy track, it’s still satisfactory.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, at the core, there is plenty of potential with a Taken television series and while the first season was pretty bad in terms of the writing, with the apparent big changes for the second season, hopefully the course will be corrected and I will certainly tune in if only because Clive Standen makes for a great Bryan Mills. The Blu-ray released through Lionsgate is rather basic, unfortunately, with only a short featurette though the video looks good and audio sounds decent.
Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.