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 26 (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) – June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)
External links
Website

Taken is a crime drama series based on the eponymous film trilogy. 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] and 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 aired 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, and scenes in and around the Mills family home were filmed at the Christ Anglican Church and a period home at the corner of George and William street 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]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 27, 2017 (2017-02-27)May 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)
216January 12, 2018 (2018-01-12)June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"Alex GravesAlexander CaryFebruary 27, 2017 (2017-02-27)7.45[25]
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.
22"Ready"Michael OfferAlexander Cary & Joe LoyaMarch 6, 2017 (2017-03-06)6.09[26]
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.
33"Off Side"Tim MathesonAnthony Swofford & Wendy WestMarch 13, 2017 (2017-03-13)5.73[27]
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.
44"Mattie G"Romeo TironeMarjorie DavidMarch 20, 2017 (2017-03-20)4.72[28]
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.
55"A Clockwork Swiss"Clark JohnsonJordan HawleyMarch 27, 2017 (2017-03-27)5.04[29]
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.
66"Hail Mary"Lexi AlexanderMike DanielsApril 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)4.67[30]
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.
77"Solo"Elodie KeeneAlexander Cary & Anthony SwoffordApril 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)4.24[31]
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.
88"Leah"Bill JohnsonWendy WestApril 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)4.55[32]
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.
99"Gone"Romeo TironeJordan Hawley & Joe LoyaApril 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)4.43[33]
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.
1010"I Surrender"Holly DaleMarjorie David & Mike DanielsMay 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)4.40[34]
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
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
111"S.E.R.E."Romeo TironeGreg Plageman & Tony CamerinoJanuary 12, 2018 (2018-01-12)2.79[35]
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.
122"Quarry"Stephen KayErik MountainJanuary 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)2.98[36]
When a plane carrying Bryan Mills and a key witness in a murder investigation (guest star Alexander Draper) crashes, 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.
133"Hammurabi"Lukas EttlinZak SchwartzJanuary 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)3.14[37]
144"OPSEC"Sarah Pia AndersonAaron CarewFebruary 2, 2018 (2018-02-02)2.53[38]
155"Absalom"Romeo TironeErik MountainMarch 2, 2018 (2018-03-02)2.45[39]
166"Charm School"Michael NankinKaren Wyscarver & Sanford GoldenMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)2.23[40]
177"Invitation Only"T. J. ScottAndy CallahanMarch 16, 2018 (2018-03-16)3.24[41]
188"Strelochnik"Elodie KeeneTony CamerinoMarch 23, 2018 (2018-03-23)2.88[42]
199"Verum Nocet"Eduardo SánchezKaren Wyscarver & Sanford GoldenMarch 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)2.15[43]
2010"All About Eve"Scott PetersBrusta Brown & John Mitchell ToddApril 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)3.01[44]
2111"Password"David WellingtonAndy CallahanApril 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)3.01[45]
2212"Imperium"M.J. BassettBrusta Brown & John Mitchell ToddMay 26, 2018 (2018-05-26)1.76[46]
2313"ACGT"Bill JohnsonNicole DemasiJune 2, 2018 (2018-06-02)2.08[47]
2414"Carapace"Ruba NaddaZak SchwartzJune 9, 2018 (2018-06-09)2.45[48]
2515"Render"Edward OrnelasErik MountainJune 23, 2018 (2018-06-23)1.75[49]
2616"Viceroy"Chris FisherStory by : Greg Plageman
Teleplay by : Greg Plageman & Karen Wyscarver & Sanford Golden
June 30, 2018 (2018-06-30)1.88[50]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the series an approval rating of 32% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 4.98/10, and says, "Taken's cast hits the right notes, but overall, the series fails to deliver a compelling narrative distinguished from its source material".[51] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[52]

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[25]
2 "Ready" March 6, 2017 1.2/5 6.09[26]
3 "Off Side" March 13, 2017 1.2/4 5.73[27]
4 "Mattie G" March 20, 2017 0.9/3 4.72[28]
5 "A Clockwork Swiss" March 27, 2017 1.0/4 5.04[29]
6 "Hail Mary" April 3, 2017 0.8/3 4.67[30]
7 "Solo" April 10, 2017 0.8/3 4.24[31]
8 "Leah" April 17, 2017 0.9/3 4.55[32]
9 "Gone" April 24, 2017 0.8/3 4.43[33]
10 "I Surrender" May 1, 2017 0.8/3 4.40[34]

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[35]
2 "Quarry" January 19, 2018 0.5/2 2.98[36]
3 "Hammurabi" January 26, 2018 0.5/2 3.14[37]
4 "OPSEC" February 2, 2018 0.4/2 2.53[38]
5 "Absalom" March 2, 2018 0.5/2 2.45[39]
6 "Charm School" March 9, 2018 0.4/2 2.23[40]
7 "Invitation Only" March 16, 2018 0.5/2 3.24[41]
8 "Strelochnik" March 23, 2018 0.4/2 2.88[42]
9 "Verum Nocet" March 30, 2018 0.3/1 2.15[43]
10 "All About Eve" April 6, 2018 0.4/2 3.01[44]
11 "Password" April 13, 2018 0.4/2 3.01[45]
12 "Imperium" May 26, 2018 0.2/1 1.76[46]
13 "ACGT" June 2, 2018 0.2/1 2.08[47]
14 "Carapace" June 9, 2018 0.4/2 2.44[48]
15 "Render" June 23, 2018 0.2/1 1.75[49]
16 "Viceroy" June 30, 2018 0.2/1 1.88[50]

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