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I love a good crime show. Law & Order SVU is the highest standard for
me when it comes to crime shows and Motive takes an original spin on
the genre by showing you immediately who the killer is and also their
As the episode progresses you find out more of the story (or motive) from backflashes or killer movements. The sub-plot with the detectives is also standard for these shows and it gels well.
My main criticism for the show is that I like to guess and have suspicion at who the killer is, not being told straight off the bat and thats where Motive really fails. Great acting, great detective characters (especially Kristin Lehman) and production values. I'll be watching curiously to see how it progresses but Episode 1 is really just giving the viewer a basic summary of what the show is about and how it works. It's not great, but it's not bad.
Given that each episode starts off with identifying both the killer as
well as the victim, this is a one of a kind series. The premise doesn't
look that strong nor does it seem like it would be worth watching when
you already know the identities of both victim & killer. But like the
name suggests; Motive is entirely about the motive that leads the
killer to kill the victim.
Call me crazy, but I love this show so far and don't see myself not watching it. If you, like me, love watching drama that explore the psyche of people and what drives them to do what they do, then you'll love this one. Most of the time when you're introduced to the killer, you can't place him/her as a killer and it's interesting to watch what leads them there.
The one thing that's left to be desired right now from this series is that you don't have much to connect with the leads of the show. I'm probably gonna stick around and see where this one goes.
Finally a crime series that mixes dry humor with great entertainment. I
like the "Columbo" - like twist to the plot where the audience is
introduced to the killer and the victim right at the beginning of the
show, and the subsequent logistics used by the detectives to convict
Another thing I enjoy about 'Motive' is that it is less graphic, compared to other crime shows. For instance, I think 'Criminal Minds' is a great series, however it is much heavier into the blood and guts scene, which can be gross, and a turn-off at times.
After watching a Motive episode, I look forward to the next one, which I cannot always say about many other similar shows offered.
Any story which has revealed the victim and killer before you have sat
down is on a hiding to nothing, right? It is what I thought when
watching the first episode of this TV series, but, I kept watching,
and, by the end of the forty odd minutes it had me hooked. This series
is like having dots joined together in real time by an odd ball bunch
of police detectives and their medical assists, or, even better, being
navigated through a maze of dead ends right into the middle.
There are, of course, the off story lines which build our characters lead by Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) a single mother of a teenaged son, and Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira) with whom she flirts just a little. But the main reason for my addiction is how cleverly pieced together the plots are. Now I'll admit to flaws, but they are dramatic license rather than incredible events, and the occasional bumpy rather than smooth ride through the evidence, but this show still has been enraptured by its ability to course through your veins like a superdrug.
Ms Lehman is a great actor and this series is a great vehicle for her skills.
Watch just one episode and see if you don't catch the bug.
Tempo of the story seemed good but the background sound often overpowered the dialog. Even after I worked on my sound frequency balance. I would have been totally lost without closed caption turned on. The sound on commercials were no problem to understand so the sound mixing or dubbing for the show appears to be the problem and needs to be corrected for future episodes to be enjoyable. The characters seemed to be believable in their rolls. It was refreshing to have the autopsy be shown in a simple way instead of all the specialized graphics showing blood pulsing through veins or specialized machines doing the work being done in minutes when it takes weeks to get results from most labs. I am not squeamish, and in fact enjoy the scientific detail when it is pertinent to the show, but it is all too often a distraction to the story line.
This is my first review... i usually don't write reviews.. but i am writing this coz this show is greatly underrated.. This one's not like other cop shows,,,thats for sure... but that doesn't mean that its bad... i reaally liked the first 2 episodes...rather than keeping the killer as a secret they show the killer in advance and how the police connect the case with the suspect... i definitely loved it.. and both the lead detectives are smart... its smart how they connect each case to the victim... if u are a fan of police procedural dramas like castle, mentalist and such this is the show for u... but if u r a fan of dramas like CSI,,this one's not for u...
Quirky has been in now for quite some time - lately Perception, The
Neighbors and Suburgatory, Fairly Legal, Person of Interest, How to
Live With Your Parents - all quite successful and, now, from Canada,
Premise is dangerous for two reasons: many cop show fans (as demonstrated by some of the reviews) watch for the mystery and its solution, period. That decimates Motives' potential fan base.
Second reason - what the hell do you do with the rest of the 46 minutes, once victim and perp are exposed? You're forced to focus on character interaction and, in that respect, Motive excels. Perkypops' review nails it for me.
Kristen Lehman, alone, is worth my 9 stars (actually 10, doesn't get any better) and she gets strong assists from Louis Ferreira and Lauren Holly as well as the rest of the ensemble.
Flaws, there are a few (actually a few more than a few) arising from trying to deal with the premise but the strength of the ensemble overwhelms them. It's just plain fun to watch these characters interact.
Finally I'll return to a personal tonic: review the show. Many of the negative reviews don't and I particularly note the 'Columbo' comparison. Loved Peter Falk and occasionally enjoyed an episode but wasn't a fan. Too Hollywood, too Desi-Lu like, too just plain blah! Comparing Columbo to Motive is like comparing Cheers to The Love Boat.
The concept is different points for that, the overall cinematography
nice in comparison to the flat washed out look you get from most
Unfortunately the flat and washed out comes in via the story lines and characters. Don't get me wrong I love Kristin Lehman, and she does a good job as does Louis Ferreira, but the connection between them still feels blah and not very flushed out. You want to care about the characters and you just don't, even in the pilot when you meet her son it was so boring and snooze-ville and didn't feel at all like mother son, but brother and sister.
This has been a repeat I've seen from many a CTV produced Canadian dramas, flat characters, flat story lines, overall leading to a generally flat drama. Sure it's better than an episode of The Bachelor, but only just barely.
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So the concept of Motive is simple: show the killer and the victim
outright, and then leave the audience to figure out the motive.
Interesting if done correctly, but for the most part... this isn't.
Motive is shot well, but that's largely ruined by the terrible color correction many crime dramas use, leaving everything green, grey, and black.
Thankfully the acting is convincing, though the detectives are totally generic, making them far less interesting than the characters you'll only see for one episode. And that's saying something, because as other reviews have stated, the writing is terrible.
The show is filled with character actions that don't make any sense (which won't be revealed due to spoilers, but they're the kind that will leave you yelling at the TV wondering why they're doing that). Even worse, Motive contains laughable dialogue like a teenager saying, "Dude, it sounds like someone's making the beast with two backs!" When my high school English class was reading Othello, kids thought that phrase was ridiculous enough in Shakespeare, let alone using it in a normal conversation.
But wait, maybe the unique twists presented by the concept are enough to save it! Well to pull this off, a show has to have the big reveal leaving the viewer thinking, "Man, I'm so stupid for not figuring that out!" The exact wrong response is, "What. You leave that major piece of evidence until the very end? How was anyone supposed to get that?" Guess which response Motive will leave you with?
An interesting idea, ruined by abysmal writing. Motive did manage to keep my attention, but half of that was to see what line would make me laugh next.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Gotta be said, this is an interesting twist on the procedural cop show.
That having been said... Its not very good. Too many coincidences - e.g. in episode 2, conveniently the first car they look for is the suspect one. Conveniently the girl the guy is trying to kill is at the right spot at the right time.
Overall, the concept is nice, the dramatization is quite good, but the writing is really very poor. The most important part of a procedural cop show is the writing - to distinguish it from the rest out there - and this one has been extremely poor so far. Getting dropped from my TV shows list.
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