Taken: Season 1
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An action-packed prequel to the international blockbuster TAKEN franchise, this series stars Clive Standen (''Vikings'') as Bryan Mills, a younger, hungrier version of the iconic character played by Liam Neeson in the TAKEN films. A former Green Beret, Mills becomes swept up in a quest for vengeance after he fails to protect one of those closest to him. Recruited to join a group of CIA operatives, Mills begins to hone his deadly skillset as he dives headfirst into dangerous missions that test his courage, and push him to the edge.
TAKEN: On Set --Lionsgate
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The basic plot parallels those of the movies. In this case, Mills is determined to take down Carlos Mejia (Romano Orzari), a Mexican drug lord, whose son was killed by Mills during one of his missions. Mills manages to kill him when Christina Hary (Jennifer Beals), Deputy Director of National Intelligence, arrests Mejia and recruits Mills into her team.
As the season progresses, the team investigates several terrorist plots using information provided by Mejia, while men loyal to the drug lord try to find a way to break him out of prison and Mills devises a plan to avenge his personal loss.
After the initial episode, “Taken” veers in a direction completely different from the feature films as it becomes a routine action drama without the star power of Neeson. Standen is a generic mercenary type, equally at ease offing hitmen and government officials who stand in his way. The focus becomes action rather than depth of character as the series enters the realm of the ordinary.
All 10 episodes of the show’s premiere season are contained on the 2-disc Blu-ray release. The only bonus extra is an on-set, making-of featurette. A digital HD copy is enclosed.