TV Review - Blood & Treasure
Of the recent, summer replacement shows, Extant (2014), Under the Dome (2013) and Harper's Island (2009) are on the top of the list. Shows like Swingtown (2008) and Zoo (2015) are on the bottom, but, even shows like Swingtown and Zoo had things going for them that this series doesn't. Both those shows had a more interesting cast than this one does. All the shows had more talented names either in front of or behind the camera. Extant had Oscar-winner Halle Berry at its center and core. This series doesn't have that kind of fire-power on screen. Under the Dome was a series based on a book by acclaimed author, Stephen King. It also had Steven Spielberg as its executive producer. Zoo is a series based on a book by successful author, James Patterson. It also had Oscar-nominee, James Mangold, as its executive producer. This series doesn't have that kind of muscle behind the camera.
The series is basically about a terrorist who steals ancient artifacts or archaeological objects of great value. The artifacts and objects are from Egypt. The goal is to use those stolen items to fund terror attacks around the world. One of those objects is the coffin of Cleopatra. The terrorist even detonated a bomb at one of the Pyramids in Egypt, destroying a huge chunk of it. The pyramids in Egypt are some of the greatest landmarks on Earth. The attack that destroys one of them should be a bigger deal that never feels like a big deal at all, as depicted here. It feels that way probably because the show feels very insulated in various ways.
Sofia Pernas (The Brave and Jane the Virgin) co-stars as Lexi Vaziri, a renown thief who has all kinds of connections to the criminal world and underground cultures. Some of her skills include being an excellent pickpocket and being able to get out of handcuffs with no problem. She's also good at ballistics and martial arts. However, Danny was able to arrest her once, which is probably the only interesting thing about him. The reason she's not in jail is because she had intelligence on a terrorist that the FBI wanted more than her. That terrorist managed to kill her father and now Lexi has vowed revenge. This aspect would make her the most interesting thing about this series, but, unfortunately, the series hasn't really developed it to its best effect. Her father's death is more a plot point than an emotional angle motivating her.
There are various characters that pop up, but there's only one of significance. Patrick Sabongui (The Flash) plays Asim Masood. Asim is an agent with the General Intelligence Directorate in Egypt, which is that country's version of the CIA. He worked with Danny and the FBI before to track down Farouk, but they lost him. When the pyramid is bombed, Asim is assigned to the case. He remarks about how he is personally affected by the case. He's even accused of being a terrorist himself. Given his passion and more personal connection, it's odd that his character isn't the lead.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Tuesdays at 10PM on CBS.