Guest Author - Amy Romine
It's called HSAM (highly superior autobiographical memory). In English it means you never forget, literally. Individuals with this disorder literally remember every moment of their lives. Sounds kind of cool until you really think about it, and it is the centerpiece in the character structure for Detective Carrie Wells, the main character of CBS's new show, Unforgettable. This is one of the shows my husband and I put to the three episode test. If they can't hook us in three episodes, it is not worth watching.
Unforgettable slid past the test based on an inventive premise and writing alone. The casting is progressive, as in I may be able to get used to them. When I first heard about the show, I decided it was going to be interesting, and I sincerely hope the evolution we have seen in the first three episodes continues. Will it be on the top of my list to watch every week? No, and there are several reasons why.
This show, as in many other police dramas have the day to day cases, but then an underlying plot line that progresses in each episode. This shows underlying drama revolves around the murder of the main character's sister when they were children. There is also a history between the main character and the lead detective, Al Burns. A broken romance that makes the two more than familiar with each other's quirks and emotional struggles. The struggle of reluctant Detective Carrie Wells in dealing with the memories of her sister's murder pops in quite often. So often it has become tiresome. I am all for a secondary plot line, but when it is thrown in the middle of plot without warning, it pulls me out of the current story.
Another quirk that I am learning to live with is what my husband calls, the CSI factor. What this refers to is a pull out of filming, where you go into the details of something like blood evidence or trace evidence, down to the molecule. In relating this to Unforgettable, Carrie goes back into her mind recalling everything she saw at a particular moment. There are a few ways they can do this, but they chose to have current Carrie walk with memory Carrie to identify whatever it is she is looking for.
Lastly, we found ourselves figuring the next clue three or four scenes before the characters. Too me, this is frustrating. Having to wait for the characters to catch up is tedious, especially when there is nothing special about how it is discovered.
Overall Unforgettable is not forgettable, however, it can be if they don't ramp it up a bit. I truly would like to see this the plots continue to challenge, the characters develop, and the focus of the show move more from the character's dead sister, to her amazing talent, what she can do, and how she does it.