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Zero Hour 

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Revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.


Paul Scheuring









Series cast summary:
Anthony Edwards ...  Hank Galliston 13 episodes, 2013
Carmen Ejogo ...  Rebecca 'Beck' Riley 13 episodes, 2013
Scott Michael Foster ...  Arron Martin 13 episodes, 2013
Addison Timlin ...  Rachel Lewis 13 episodes, 2013
Jacinda Barrett ...  Laila Galliston 13 episodes, 2013
Michael Nyqvist ...  White Vincent 13 episodes, 2013
Amy Irving ...  Melanie Lynch 10 episodes, 2013
Ken Leung ...  Father Reggie 8 episodes, 2013
Henry Kelemen ...  Messenger Boy 8 episodes, 2013
Charles S. Dutton ...  Father Mickle 6 episodes, 2013
Amir Arison ...  Theo Riley 6 episodes, 2013
Grace Gummer ...  FBI Agent Paige Willis 6 episodes, 2013


Revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Break the code. Save the world.


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Official Sites:

ABC [United States]





Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hora cero See more »

Filming Locations:

Gimli, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The pilot was shot in Montreal, to suggest the ambience of Europe, while the rest of the series was filmed in New York City. See more »

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Unintentionally hilarious, at least for the pilot episode viewed late at night
12 February 2013 | by morandbSee all my reviews

I watched the pilot online before the official broadcast because friends recommended that it would come across as just plain bad in its broadcast time slot (8/7pm).

--- Emotional reaction ---

The overall tone is hilariously overwrought. The scenes are hacked together. There isn't even an attempt at a pretense of internal logic. Even in the context of a portion of an individual scene, the characters' actions often are absurdly nonsensical. The silliness, stupidity and illogic come flying at you at such a pace it is impossible not to laugh -- I was laughing well past the end of the credits.

Watch it with friends and wine/beer/... and debate questions such as: Is this good enough to be a bad parody of "The Da Vinci Code" and the like? Is Anthony Edwards starring because Nicholas Cage said that there wasn't enough money ...?

--- Analytic reaction ---

Quick cuts between short scenes are typical of this genre, but to be successful, it requires audience involvement, either with the characters or the cause (idea, threat, ...). There is none here.

Nazis as villains is so overdone and outmoded in this and related genres that it hurts audience buy-in. Even if this isn't the case, it is just so badly done -- so over-the-top and comic. This is an enormous red flag that the show's creator has no creativity or imagination.

The genre appears to be race-to-the-treasure. This requires the lead characters to buy into the high-energy craziness, such as Nicholas Cage in the National Treasure series and the gaggle of comics in "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1963). Anthony Edwards is badly suited to play this role, both from the type of actor he is and audience expectations from prior role. And worse the script saddles him with two conflicting roles. The other one is that of the skeptic/voice-of-sanity (comic relief, exposition, whatever). Although the actor is much better suited to this role, the writers give him no support (I remember only one line, and it was a throw-away). The Anthony Edwards character could have been the "reluctant hero", but actor and the setup in the pilot preclude this.

There are multiple statements by characters to tell the audience that things are not what they seem, but rather than ambiguous hints to draw you in, they are ham-handed signals that the writers don't have the finesse to handle this genre.

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