From the creator of the hit series Bones comes The Finder, a quirky, one-hour procedural centering on a remarkable man with an eccentric personality and a unique gift to help others recover what they've lost.
Its not really challenging any new ground, but its is imminently enjoyable. Each character is just a bit quirky. Its openly sentimental, which normally annoys me, especially with religion, but somehow they pull it off.
Mostly I love the quirky. The character Willa makes a marvelous audience to Walter's oddity. The best friend/manager, Leo is the undisguised sentimentalist, who makes it OK that Walter is more than just a little bit odd. And then there is Walter. He's odd. Good Looking, Sexy and definitely a bit wrong. The only forgettable character is Walter's romantic interest, a US Marshall. The character is just a cookie cutter of strong professional woman, which is, alas, not very interesting in TV. They need to inject her with something interesting - a tragedy, a sense of humor, a bitchy sarcastic mouth, something.... Its a good show. I hope the idiots at the networks don't cancel it.
One of the worse things that happened this past spring is that this show got canceled. The show had an excellent combination of good acting from all of it's prime characters, interesting story lines, fun, and often a meaningful message. It had romance, sex, adventure, thoughtful interaction among it's characters all presented in a way that kept me interested from begging to end. My hope is that the producers will find another venue, the show will continue, and it will be advertised widely enough that I can find it.
The Finder is another series that suffered from being to good. Good writing, good dialogue, good character development. Too quirky for ABC. Didn't fit a formula. It flowed and the audience could follow. What great adventures with insight into each evolving character. What a loss for the last of free TV. I wish cable could have picked it up. All the quality stuff has gone to cable, which I choose not to pay. When will the greedy people allow ala carte TV I'm willing to pay for what I want. I won't pay the tripe they call television.
Eye of the Storm This is a very likeable series or was, my heartfelt sympathies to fans of the late Michael Clarke Duncan. The Finder was introduced by the "Bones" TV series produced by Emily Deschnel and Boneranz and is very interesting in that the lead actor can find anything from a missing piece of jewlery to missing conversations. The "Eye of the Storm" episode is entertaining and full of dry wit which is typical of the series although short lived possibly due to the sudden death of Mr Duncan but it is well worth a look see because it is in my opinion well written and acted. I purchased the product because of the short that was placed in an episode of Bones the TV series where our Finder locates a long lost item for actress' Emily Deschnel's character. I wanted a closer look and became a regular viewer. Check out the first episode "An Orphan Walks Into a Bar" and you may just want to watch more episodes even though this is a very short series (only 13 episodes) on Amazon Instant Video. If a DVD were available I would buy it.
The premise is simple - crew of oddballs manage to find things that no one else can. The best part is that the actors actually seem to enjoy each other, their roles and all are believable. While there is a bit of a cliche in some episodes, the quirkiness of the characters makes it worthwhile. A little bit MacGyver, a little bit Bones, a whole lot of fun.
I love this show. It makes me smile. It makes me laugh. I love how the writer was able to create a spin off of just one episode of Bones (another show I love) into an entire new series. I don't have cable TV because most of the show's on TV are not worth my time. In actuality, the price is a little higher on Amazon to watch the few shows I do like. But that's because I get to skip all the commercials. I hate commercials. Shows like The Finder, are worth every penny. Thank you Amazon for allowing me to skip the commercials, and thanks to the writers and producers of this awesome show for making me smile. I can't wait to see more.