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Crisis - (S01E11)

Thriller . Drama . Action . Action & Adventure . Mystery

Finley is forced to go inside the mansion as part of a hostage exchange. In an effort to trick the world into believing he is innocent, Gibson takes extreme measures and sets his sight on a new target for his next parent mission. With Meg’s help, Gibson enacts a piece of his plan that will bring out the truth about the soldier program.

Episode Title: Best Laid Plans
Airs: 2014-06-15 at 10:00 pm
  • Verne Gay

    Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The pilot offers a number of interesting swerves, and Anderson and Mulroney are always watchable, but Crisis shares sustainability issues with CBS' "Hostages."

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Exciting and twisty, Crisis is the show that CBS thought it had at the start of the season with Hostages.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The pilot is terrific, and it was directed by Phillip Noyce, whose credits include the Harrison Ford movie “Clear and Present Danger” and the pilot of ABC’s “Revenge.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Crisis takes kids in jeopardy, class conflict and adolescent (and national) insecurity and stirs them into a surprisingly effective thriller.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The story itself relies on a series of coincidences that may be improbable, but the character responses feel authentic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    With its frantic pacing, ­vicious masterminds and ­valiant law enforcement agents, Crisis might remind you of Fox’s “24.” Not the best seasons of “24,” but still. There’s a lot to be said for a show that works up a sweat trying to surprise you.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Crisis may not be great, but it works. [24 Mar 2014, p.35]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The main characters are well-drawn and well-played, particularly by Mulroney, Taylor, Gross and (as you'd expect) Anderson, and the structure already seems reliably sturdy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Based on Sunday's pilot episode, Crisis has the potential to be one of the spring season's most addictive network offerings. It's intense and suspenseful.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Based on the first two episodes available for screening, Crisis is more promising than other recent network attempts to create a series that tells an ongoing story.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Taylor and Gross balance just the right amount of competence and bewilderment, while Mulroney emotes the pain of a rejected father. The pilot is all but stolen by Joshua Erenberg, who plays the kid Finley rescues.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    It's moving so fast that the missteps never turn into a full-fledged fall. More than compensating, Anderson and Mulroney deliver big time, while Gross and Erenberg make a surprisingly winning odd-couple team. If there is a weak link in this cast, it's probably Taylor, who has yet to convince us she's a savvy and experienced FBI agent.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    For now, it’s an intriguing enough premise to warrant continued attention.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times--and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful, with the ad hoc partnership between Marcus and an initially resistant Susie gaining traction as the stakes increase.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The first chapters are compelling enough, but after Hostages, it's hard not to be skeptical when we've just seen how quickly this sort of heightened situation can lapse into overheated nonsense.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    [So far] the show has the elements of a gripping yarn.... But there was a vibe of something tedious when one of the kidnappers announced: "Today the bug is king"--and if Crisis really goes there, some of us will be tempted to run away.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    It’s gloriously stupid, but not always aware that’s what it’s doing, which leaves it in a messy middle ground--too bad to be good, too good to be bad.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    There's some interesting cheek to the pilot, particularly the villain, but rote directing and too-serious acting muffle the fun. [14 Mar 2014]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    A little over the top--well, actually, a lot over the top--the pilot is filled with one eye-rolling surprise after another.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Tim Molloy

    The show does a good job of setting up a lot of conflict in a very short time, but I'd be more invested if I got to know the characters more — and if they had more dimension..... It felt too contrived.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Crisis is just the bowl of gravy. It tastes okay on its own, I guess, but you can't really make a meal out of it.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's marginally more engrossing/less ridiculous in its pilot than CBS's fall flop, "Hostages."

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Crisis needs to lean more Blacklist: If you’re going to be dumb, at least be a good time about it.

    Slate Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Crisis is efficient without really ever becoming enticing.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Do cliches abound? Do they ever. But Crisis is moderately entertaining thanks to well-paced direction, some competent character development, and the presence of Gillian Anderson in the pivotal role as a take-no-prisoners corporate CEO.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The dialogue is flat, the plotting is boring, the characters are predictable, and the whole show only serves to remind one what well-paced programs like the net's "The Blacklist" or the premiere of "Believe" do well. Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Crisis comes out of the chute as flat as any recent thriller on network television--actually more so. There’s barely an ounce of believability in it. The casting seems woeful and the acting isn’t going to get you to the second hour.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    You don’t have to take Crisis too seriously; it will happily do that for you, spreading its pompous misery evenly among a cast large enough to fill at least three or four mediocre TV shows, if you count all the teenagers.

    Washington Post Full Review

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