Absentia (2017– )
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After years of assuming FBI Agent Emily Byrne was a possible victim of serial killer Conrad Harlow, she is miraculously returned to her family. Emily, however, has to struggle with the ... See full summary »


Oded Ruskin


Matthew Cirulnick (creator), Gaia Violo (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stana Katic ... Emily Byrne
Patrick Heusinger ... Nick Durand
Cara Theobold ... Alice Durand
Neil Jackson ... Jack Byrne
Angel Bonanni ... Tommy
Bruno Bichir ... Dr. Daniel Vega
Paul Freeman ... Warren Byrne
Ralph Ineson ... Adam Radford
Amber Aga ... Agent Ericson
Velizar Binev ... Judge
Richard Brake ... Conrad Harlow
Dan Cade ... Reporter Jenkins
Chipo Chung ... Agent Whitman
Christopher Colquhoun Christopher Colquhoun ... Agent Crown
J.R. Esposito ... Paramedic


After years of assuming FBI Agent Emily Byrne was a possible victim of serial killer Conrad Harlow, she is miraculously returned to her family. Emily, however, has to struggle with the mysteries of her captivity and the fact that everyone has moved on without her. When the FBI traces the sex trafficker, suspicion suddenly moves to Emily. Is she still the same person they knew?

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18 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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When the rowing team finds the body in the lake their oars pass over right over it but when the camera POV changes they're a good 20 feet away. See more »


McKeller: Cause of death is manual strangulation. We're running his DNA through the usual databases. Here, look at this. Fish bites. Note the texture. Now, look at the eyelids. These are clean cuts, not bites.
Tommy: So the eyelids were cut off? You're sure?
McKeller: Unless a new species of fish recently mutated in the Charles, which I suppose is possible.
[Tommy paces a few steps]
McKeller: What is it?
Tommy: Conrad Harlow. Killed that fed, Emily Byrne, a while back. Give you one guess what his signature was.
McKeller: You think the wrong man's ...
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Absentia End Title Theme
Written by Jeff Pfeifer
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Strong Start, Not in Love With The Characters
16 February 2018 | by LorenBiegSee all my reviews

My +1 doesn't normally get into this type of story but is addicted to Absentia. Her statement to me was "I had to know wtf happened!" Comeback introduces us to Emily Byrne, a federal agent who has been presumed dead for 6 years, then returns to find her husband has remarried, her son barely remembers her and calls dad's new wife "mom", her memory is spotty, and a lot of unanswered questions about her disappearance, where she has been, and who was responsible for it. If you've seen Blindspot you will note similarities, though I found the tattoo/conspiracy angle in that series more interesting.

I love and hate this kind of story, where the tension is super high and the characters are 1) so stressed out they repeatedly do stupid things that incriminate themselves and 2) more details are revealed that seem to spread blame across an ever increasing web of those involved 3) many characters are who are not who they appear to be. At the middle of all of it is Nick, Emily's former husband who has *understandably* moved on after six years, but who is continuously freaking out, withholding information from his new wife (who's great) and putting up with Emily's constant "moved-on" shaming. He comes off to me as incompetent and weak. Emily is competent and one step ahead of everyone in clearing herself, but I didn't feel that much sympathy for her.

So from me, high marks for a tightly written script, strong acting, and an appropriately dark and intense tone. But, in the end I was watching to find the answer to the mystery, not because I cared that much about the characters or what happened to them, cuz I honestly didn't, for which I take marks away. I stayed engaged in this one the way I stay engaged with a season of 24, except that I actually root for Jack Bauer. Sadly, Absentia really didn't put me in the cheering sectoin for any of it's characters.

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