Taken (TV series)

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Taken
Taken-TV-Title.jpg
Genre
Based on Taken
by Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Developed by Alexander Cary[1]
Starring
Composer(s) Trevor Morris
Country of origin
  • United States
  • France
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Matthew Gross
  • Edouard de Vesinne
  • Thomas Anargyros
Producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 41–43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) – present
External links
Website

Taken is a crime drama series based on the film trilogy of the same name. The series acts as a modern-day origin story.[4] Clive Standen stars as a younger version of Bryan Mills, the character played by Liam Neeson in the trilogy.[5][6] The series was commissioned with a straight-to-series-order in September 2015,[7] the series premiered on February 27, 2017, on NBC.[8] NBC renewed the series for a second season of 16 episodes on May 9, 2017, which premiered on January 12, 2018.[9][10] NBC removed the series from its schedule on April 18, 2018, and then announced that it would return on May 26, 2018.[11] NBC canceled the series on May 11, 2018 and the final episode will air on June 30.[12]

Premise[edit]

Former Green Beret Bryan Mills must overcome a personal tragedy in order to get revenge while starting his career as a special intelligence operative.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Production[edit]

The funeral scenes were filmed at the Christ Anglican Church in Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada.[24]

The rest of the series is filmed in Toronto, Ontario primarily at Cinespace Film Studios' Kipling Avenue facility.

At the end of the first season the show was radically overhauled, with showrunner Alexander Cary leaving the series, and Greg Plageman (Person of Interest) coming in as the second season showrunner, with the exception of Clive Standen (Bryan Mills) and Jennifer Beals (Christina Hart), all of the first season main cast exited the series at the same time.[15]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)
2 16[25] January 12, 2018 (2018-01-12) June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)[25]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Alex Graves Alexander Cary February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27) 7.45[26]
Mills's sister is killed in a train shootout with two persons he believes to be random terrorists. Hart, a Deputy Director with Special Portfolio at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and her team start tracking Mills, learning that he killed the son of Carlos Mejia, a terrorist and drug lord, while saving Mike Hall, a DEA undercover agent, in Colombia in 2015. Deducing that Mejia was behind the murder, Mills leaves his parents to keep them safe, he learns that Hall is working with the terrorists and abducts him, deciding to spare his life after learning that they threatened Hall's daughter. Mills surrenders to Mejia's men, who take Mills to Mejia. Hart's operatives intervene and stop Mills from killing Mejia. Hart asks Mills to join her team.
2 2 "Ready" Michael Offer Alexander Cary & Joe Loya March 6, 2017 (2017-03-06) 6.09[27]
Having joined the team, Mills fails to operate effectively due to his sister's death. Using intelligence provided by Mejia, Hart sends a tactical team, excluding Mills, to Ukraine to capture a drug lord. However, Mills's precision saves Dave from a grenade explosion. A Senator dies, apparently due to a heart attack. CIA agent Clara Ward contacts Hart and reveals that it was an assassination, arranging a meeting. The former is killed by a mercenary, later identified as William Davis. Hart is also critically shot and taken to a hospital, where Harry, Clara's husband, tells her about Operation Fortunata, which is for human trafficking of refugees from Syria. Locating Davis, John includes Mills in the team. Mills manages to capture Davis, who is critically wounded and moved to a hospital, where other mercenaries attack, but fail due to Mills' intervention. Davis and his co-worker reveal their employer's name, whom Hart forces to confess by using the same poison. Meanwhile, Mills acquires footage of Mejia's cell. Mills and Asha, his sister's friend, become closer, he tells her about his plan to kill Mejia.
3 3 "Off Side" Tim Matheson Anthony Swofford & Wendy West March 13, 2017 (2017-03-13) 5.73[28]
Ismat Zahad, a Muslim American under surveillance, suddenly disappears from the cameras, forcing Hart to assemble the team. Mills convinces Asha to stay at his house until the threat is over, it is revealed that Zahad was actually abducted by an American group. The team captures one, Mike Gilroy, whom they force to cooperate by placing him in the same room with a convict who longs to kill him. Gilroy's handler gives the location of Zahad, who is wearing a suicide vest that will be exploded unless Gilroy is delivered. Hart takes Gilroy to the exchange location, where John's team are supporting her with sniper rifles, while Mills is staying with Zahad. Mills manages to defuse the bomb, giving John's team the chance to kill Gilroy's cooperatives. Hart's team learns that Gilroy, who is delivered to the FBI, was working for Bert Keagy, the Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Defense. Keagy confirms to Hart that neither the Secretary nor the President are involved. Mills assassinates him on her order, he befriends Zahad and his son. Meanwhile, Hart is revealed to have a brain tumor.
4 4 "Mattie G" Romeo Tirone Marjorie David March 20, 2017 (2017-03-20) 4.72[29]
Dan Glynn, Riley's contact in Ingersol Pharmaceuticals, whose new drug, Sangravan, has killed several people due to unannounced side effects, acquires the medical test reports, which can be used as evidence for incrimination. The Team secures Dan, whose daughter, Mattie, is revealed to have been kidnapped by Ingersol, at the exchange location, Mills fails to rescue Mattie, but kills the brother of Tom Solitzki, the Ingersol head of security. Solitzki demands Mills to come personally with the records to the new location. Mills manages to dominate the Ingersol operatives before infiltrating the building and killing the remaining ones, including Solitzki, he returns Mattie to Dan. In a Senate Hearing, Hart reveals the records, leading to arrests of several Ingersol figures. Meanwhile, a stalker appears in Asha's neighborhood, with the police advising her to stay at somewhere else until he is captured, she moves to Mills'. They eventually develop romance. Mejia's operatives are revealed to be watching him.
5 5 "A Clockwork Swiss" Clark Johnson Jordan Hawley March 27, 2017 (2017-03-27) 5.04[30]
Tracy, the Associate Attorney General, tells Hart about a group of bankers who are planning to cripple the U.S. economy. He states that his contact in Zurich, Switzerland has critical information for future indictments, forcing Hart's compliance by revealing to have evidence of Keagy's assassination. Hart's team fails to prevent Byron Caine, the bankers' operative, from killing the contact, who gives Mills the keycard to a safety deposit box. Casey convinces the team to infiltrate the bank and acquire the information, which they do and escape. Caine gives chase to their van; but the team takes refuge in the Israeli Embassy, leading to Caine's arrest. Mills watches the video, which is revealed to be only a goodbye tape by the contact, who was also Tracy's boyfriend. Hart deduces that the bankers intended to blackmail Tracy using the video, she forces Tracy to proceed with his indictments. Meanwhile, Mejia's operatives hack into the cameras in Asha's, finding the location of Mejia's incarceration using Mills, who is revealed to be still obsessed with Mejia.
6 6 "Hail Mary" Lexi Alexander Mike Daniels April 3, 2017 (2017-04-03) 4.67[31]
A CIA asset named Yuri fails to convince his girlfriend, Tatjana Kuznikov, also the wife of SVR officer Sergei, to defect to the U.S. with him. After two CIA agents are killed in the failed extraction, the Team heads to Saint Petersburgh, where they capture Yuri, who tells them about Tatjana, they rescue Tatjana just as Sergei suddenly arrives and engages Mills, who overpowers him and escapes with the others. Tatjana is revealed to be pregnant from Yuri, the Team deduces the presence of a mole in the operation, believed to be Gretchen Lareau, Yuri's supervisor, after John and Faaron break in her house and find incriminating files. However, Hart deduces Brant Pope, a Divisional Director, to be the mole, luring him into confessing. Mills forces Sergei to smuggle the Team, Yuri and Tatjana to Finland, it is revealed that Scott has two children. Meanwhile, John's older brother, also a preacher, convinces him to force local gang members to leave the teenagers alone.
7 7 "Solo" Elodie Keene Alexander Cary & Anthony Swofford April 10, 2017 (2017-04-10) 4.24[32]
Flashbacks show Scott and Dave training Mills how to withstand torture and escape captivity. In the present, Hart learns that Thomas Vitek, Mejia's weapon supplier, has been spotted in Montreal, Quebec. Mills forces Mejia to reveal Vitek's location, where the Team tails him to a meeting with Jimmy Dunne, a mobster who lost his supremacy to Mejia after his indictments began; and now he wants to reassume control. The Team abducts Vitek, with the latter's operatives giving chase, the Team changes its vehicle; but Mills drives the first vehicle, luring the hostiles away so that the Team can escape with Vitek. Mills is captured and taken to a facility where he is tortured by Vitek's operatives until Dunne's arrive, killing Vitek's men and abducting Mills. Dunne's enforcer tries to convince Mills to talk; but the latter frees himself just as the Team arrives and rescues him. Dunne is captured and delivered to the FBI along with Vitek, the Team blames Mills for separating from the team. Mills meets Asha's family.
8 8 "Leah" Bill Johnson Wendy West April 17, 2017 (2017-04-17) 4.55[33]
Mossad agent Leah Wicker arrives in Washington D.C. to meet Hart, being attacked by a hostile, whom she kills. She tells Hart that Reza Saadon, her contact in the Iranian Quds Force has critical information, but also believing that Saadon ordered the hit on her, the Team arrests Saadon, who denies the accusation; and it is revealed that Wicker is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, having hidden it from Mossad, who she believes will kill her upon learning. Saadon reveals that Quds agents are planning to assassinate the Israeli Prime Minister on his visit to Washington, giving their location, the Team arrests the Quds team, who deny any involvement in the assault on Wicker, proving her theory that Mossad is involved. Wicker confronts Mossad regional director Zev, who unintentionally reveals that he did it alone. Wicker escapes and fakes her death. Meanwhile, Mills learns about Hart's condition, she asks him to keep it hidden. She later develops romance with Harry.
9 9 "Gone" Romeo Tirone Jordan Hawley & Joe Loya April 24, 2017 (2017-04-24) 4.43[34]
The Mexican government learns about Mejia's incarceration and forces the US government to transfer him. Mills learns about the breaches in his home security, the transfer is assigned to the FBI, led by agent Marie Salt, whose husband, George, is kidnapped by Mejia's operatives to force her compliance. Marie secretly meets Mills and reveals the kidnapping, asking him to rescue George. Mills informs the Team, which is divided into two teams, one escorting Mejia and the other assisting Mills in rescuing George, which is successful, leading to a shootout at the exchange point, allowing Mejia to escape. Mills uses a planted tracker to capture Mejia. However, Elena Morales, Mejia's enforcer, kidnaps Asha, forcing Mills to allow Mejia to escape.
10 10 "I Surrender" Holly Dale Marjorie David & Mike Daniels May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01) 4.40[35]
Mills tracks Mejia and Asha to Texas while the Team starts looking for him. Mills attacks Mejia's safehouse, where he passes the border through a tunnel to Mexico, taking Asha; but Morales is killed by Mills, who convinces the Team to help him kill Mejia and rescue Asha. They arrive in Juarez, where they go to an FBI black site to get weapons, the Team infiltrates Mejia's mansion and meanwhile, the Mexican Army is approaching. A shootout starts, with Mejia cutting Asha's throat to facilitate his escape. Mills entrusts Asha to John, proceeding to capture Mejia just as Mexican soldiers arrive. Mills kills Mejia before he is shot by the soldiers and captured. Asha survives the wound; the ODNI operation is covered up; and Hart blackmails the FBI director demanding he find Mills, who awakens in a prison.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11 1 "S.E.R.E." Romeo Tirone Greg Plageman & Tony Camerino January 12, 2018 (2018-01-12) 2.79[36]
Bryan Mills must fight for his life while inside a secret Mexican prison. His escape plan is derailed when he and young migrant girl are taken by human traffickers.
12 2 "Quarry" Stephen Kay Erik Mountain January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19) 2.98[37]
When a plane crashes carrying Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) and a key witness in a murder investigation (guest star Alexander Draper), a wounded Mills must call upon the survival skills his father taught him to overcome the elements, find a way out of the woods and protect the witness from a lethal team of mercenaries on their tail. Meanwhile, Santana organizes a 'go big or go home' plan to locate the downed plane.
13 3 "Hammurabi" Lukas Ettlin Zak Schwartz January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26) 3.14[38]
When a high powered accountant is kidnapped by a laid off employee, it's up to Bryan to help the kidnapper get justice.
14 4 "OPSEC" Sarah Pia Anderson Aaron Carew February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02) 2.53[39]
15 5 "Absalom" Romeo Tirone Erik Mountain March 2, 2018 (2018-03-02) 2.45[40]
16 6 "Charm School" Michael Nankin Karen Wyscarver & Sanford Golden March 9, 2018 (2018-03-09) 2.23[41]
17 7 "Invitation Only" T. J. Scott Andy Callahan March 16, 2018 (2018-03-16) 3.24[42]
18 8 "Strelochnik" Elodie Keene Tony Camerino March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) 2.88[43]
19 9 "Verum Nocet" Eduardo Sánchez Karen Wyscarver & Sanford Golden March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30) 2.15[44]
20 10 "All About Eve" Scott Peters Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06) 3.01[45]
21 11 "Password" David Wellington Andy Callahan April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) 3.01[46]
22 12 "Imperium" M.J. Bassett Brusta Brown & John Mitchell Todd May 26, 2018 (2018-05-26) 1.76[47]
23 13 "ACGT" Bill Johnson Nicole Demasi June 2, 2018 (2018-06-02) 2.08[48]
24 14 "Carapace" Ruba Nadda Zak Schwartz June 9, 2018 (2018-06-09) 2.45[49]
25 15 "Render"[25] TBA TBA June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) TBD
26 16 "Viceroy"[25] TBA TBA June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30) TBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an approval rating of 35% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10, and says, "Taken's cast hits the right notes, but overall, the series fails to deliver a compelling narrative distinguished from its source material".[50] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[51]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" February 27, 2017 1.6/6 7.45[26]
2 "Ready" March 6, 2017 1.2/5 6.09[27]
3 "Off Side" March 13, 2017 1.2/4 5.73[28]
4 "Mattie G" March 20, 2017 0.9/3 4.72[29]
5 "A Clockwork Swiss" March 27, 2017 1.0/4 5.04[30]
6 "Hail Mary" April 3, 2017 0.8/3 4.67[31]
7 "Solo" April 10, 2017 0.8/3 4.24[32]
8 "Leah" April 17, 2017 0.9/3 4.55[33]
9 "Gone" April 24, 2017 0.8/3 4.43[34]
10 "I Surrender" May 1, 2017 0.8/3 4.40[35]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "S.E.R.E." January 12, 2018 0.5/2 2.79[36]
2 "Quarry" January 19, 2018 0.5/2 2.98[37]
3 "Hammurabi" January 26, 2018 0.5/2 3.14[38]
4 "OPSEC" February 2, 2018 0.4/2 2.53[39]
5 "Absalom" March 2, 2018 0.5/2 2.45[40]
6 "Charm School" March 9, 2018 0.4/2 2.23[41]
7 "Invitation Only" March 16, 2018 0.5/2 3.24[42]
8 "Strelochnik" March 23, 2018 0.4/2 2.88[43]
9 "Verum Nocet" March 30, 2018 0.3/1 2.15[44]
10 "All About Eve" April 6, 2018 0.4/2 3.01[45]
11 "Password" April 13, 2018 0.4/2 3.01[46]
12 "Imperium" May 26, 2018 0.2/1 1.76[47]
13 "ACGT" June 2, 2018 0.2/1 2.08[48]
14 "Carapace" June 9, 2018 0.4/2 2.44[49]

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