Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Rachael Taylor, Lance Gross, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Michael Beach, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg, and Gillian Anderson
Created by Rand Ravich
Written by Rand Ravich, Directed by Phillip Noyce
Crisis is a new kidnapping thriller set in and around Washington DC. When students from a very privileged high school including the president's son are kidnapped, it throws the nation into crisis mode. Key players include FBI Agent Susie Dunn (Rachael Taylor) who is working the case which involves her powerful sister Meg Fitch's (Gillian Anderson) daughter (Halston Sage). Marcus Finley (Lance Gross) is a rookie secret service agent who is betrayed by his partner. Francis Gibson (Dermot Mulroney) is an ex-CIA agent who is accompanying his daughter (Stevie Lynn Jones) on the trip, but there's also more to that (I won't spoil it if you want to check the pilot out). The pilot was basically laying the pieces for the series.
BOTTOM LINE: I'm surprised that NBC chose Believe to showcase over this one because this shows more promise and it seems like it's following in the footsteps of high stakes thrillers that have been hits recently like Scandal and The Blacklist. That being said, I remember reading how they halted production for awhile in the fall to redirect the plot so maybe a promising pilot is going to evaporate into a weaker series. But I'll hold out hope that this is going to be a thrilling new series.