Primetime Picks… 8/3/20

Aug 03 Posted by in Features | Comments

Today Quibi launches the new 14-part film/series, The Fugitive, with new 7-10 minute chapters dropping every weekday through August 18. While there have been several versions of The Fugitive over the years, this latest adaptation is similar in theme, but doesn’t follow the same Dr. Richard Kimball storyline. Instead it takes a more modern twist. Mike Ferro (Boyd Holbrook, The Predator, Logan) recently spent 3 years in prison after a highly publicized trial, and making a plea deal for the sake of his family. He is now trying to move on with his life, but finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time, and mistakenly becomes the main suspect in a terrorist attack in Los Angeles. He goes on the run, hoping to find way to prove his innocence. Determined to get his man is Captain Clay Bryce (Kiefer Sutherland, 24) of the LAPD Counter Terrorism Unit. He lost his wife during 9/11 and this latest terror attack has brought those memories flooding back. Assisting him in the case is second-in-command, Detective Sloan Womack (Genesis Rodriguez, Time After Time). Meanwhile, an ambitious reporter Pritti Patel (Tiya Sircar, The Good Place) and her reluctant boss, Jerry Conwell (Glenn Howerton, A.P. Bio), are out to break the story.

I checked out the first four chapters and really enjoyed what I saw. I hadn’t seen any of Quibi’s other original programming, so I was unsure of how the short segments would work. But it plays out very much like a feature film, with each of these chapters usually ending on some big moment or reveal. While my preferred method of viewing would be to just watch the whole thing as a single 2-hour movie (and not be limited to just a tablet or phone), I could certainly see this as something worth checking out the Quibi service for. The series is tense and action-packed (though sometimes a little suspension of disbelief is required). Keifer often goes into his intense Jack Bauer mode, and every time Captain Bryce gives a speech to his team, it feels like the big Tommy Lee Jones speech from the film, especially with the southern twang in his voice. In the first few episodes the show introduces a lot of characters (played by many familiar faces) and I quickly became invested in the story and interested in seeing how it plays out.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Fridge Wars, Taskmaster, Cannonball, NOS4A2, Worst Cooks in America, Wynonna Earp, The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and Outcry.