scientist works for the FBI looking at crimes of science
Type of Pilot: Drama; Sci-Fi
Similar Shows: X-Files (man and woman investigate strange cases), Fringe (man and woman investigate strange cases), Monk (woman looks after a man who is investigating stuff),
The Inner Light: We can clone TV shows.
Weaknesses: Lots. Generic premise, bad dialogue, bad acting, bad story (the same story as the first one-hour Fringe episode).
Impressive Characters: None.
Impressive Actors: Rufus Sewell is allegedly a very good actor. I've read that in several places. This show completely manages to hide his talent under pages of banal dialogue and a truly awful climax where he reveals (to the bad guy) that he lost his own wife in tragic circumstances (while the female sidekick/bodyguard) gazes on with adoring eyes.
Less-Than-Impressive Characters: Both of them are awful TV clichés, but the female FBI agent (his bodygurad) is especially bad. Pulling her gun on a cop for no reason, kneeing a suspect in the groin to get him to talk, running through the hotel lobby in her underwear, looking all doe-eyed at the hero, the list goes on and on and on (much like the show itself).
Less-Than-Impressive Actors: Marley Shelton. She gives the impression of a model pretending to be an actress pretending to be an FBI agent. A clichéd FBI agent. Her opening lines of dialogue (describing the hero and, indeed, the premise of the series) are truly dreadful and her delivery does them justice (ie. it was dreadful, too.)
Continuity: I imagine this will be a case-of-the-week type show, with a will-they-won't-they dynamic between the leads. Because that's what always happens in these shows.
Other Info: Based on a TV series from the UK.
Four Things I Really Don't Like About This Pilot:
It's a clone of lots of other shows.
It was boring.
The FBI Agent running through the hotel in her underwear scene was insulting both to the character and to the audience.
What we need is a show where a scientist works for the FBI and looks into crimes of television!