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After watching the pilot of this series I was hooked. This is the perfect combination of science and paranormal mysteries. Much like a combination of C.S.I and the X-files. I've recommended "John Doe" to all my friends. It's simply a must see for anyone with an interest in the genre.
This series centres around John Doe, a mystery man who has no recollection of his past. Found in the ocean, naked, and endowed with a bizarre brand, he appears to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of facts, none of which throw any light on his identity. The series develops as he gradually discovers things about himself, meeting new and interesting people along the way (excellent character development) and learning the rudiments of social behaviours. This is an excellent show, so compelling that it is impossible to miss each new episode. The viewer is intrigued and is forced to speculate on the implications of each new discovery as it occurs - this is reminiscent of the developing background and discoveries in the X Files regarding Mulder's sister and father. A must see - highly recommended.
In a time when Reality-TV and copy-cat Sitcoms dominate the air, one show
has come to give the viewers something unique, mentally stimulating and
exciting. The show follows the exploits of John Doe (Purcell), a man who
knows every bit of trivia except for who he is. His super-human knowledge
is used two-fold every episode, to assist the police is solving a
crime-of-the-day and to figure out something about himself. While at
the concept seems a little far-fetched at first, Purcell and the excellent
cast around him, especially William Forsythe as Doe's best friend Digger,
keep you ready for the next episode. The writers make sure that every
episode gives you just enough information to realize that all your
predictions from the week before were wrong and enough teasers of what's
come to let you make some more guesses.
Unfortunately, this show got its start in the Friday 9pm timeslot, one not the best for the youthful crowd the show appeals to. However, Fox showed a willingness to stick with it, and the writers responded with an added enthusiasm that will no-doubt bring the show to the status it deserves, ranking it with the cult-status once reserved only for the X-Files and MyST3K.
I recommend this to anyone looking for something different in a television show: One hour will leave you hooked.
Considering John Doe apparently inspired Kyle XY's creator I was
expecting its pilot to be quite interesting. However I probably had too
high expectations because I was quite disappointed by it. First they
turned the protagonist into a freak who had the crazy idea of showing
off his amazing knowledge in front of an audience, in a public area. So
after that scene I began to worry that it was just entertainment. But
the problem is that it got worse as none of the other characters were
properly introduced. They focused too much on John Doe which made the
story far less intriguing. I was also slightly disappointed by Dominic
Purcell's performance because I found he didn't make a believable John
Doe. An other problem was the police story. It really felt like déjà vu
and it wasn't a pleasant sensation. It leads us to the worst issue in
the bunch, the episodic format. I could already see the fillers coming
one after an other.
So overall I was very disappointed by it and don't recommend it to anyone. Considering how bad it was I better understand now why the show got canceled. In some way I have the impression that it missed its target, developing characters to help the protagonist find his own identity. It's sad because there was potential, like the people he met at the club. The production quality was also quite good and the casting correct. But I'll never know if it got better, probably not, because I don't plan to watch the next episode.
The show is semi interesting. I caught every single episode from the very beginning for quite some time. However, it's filled with cheesy cliches and they make the mistake of having people frequently telling him things he should know (being he's knows all facts). (examples, digger tells him about hacking computers etc).
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