From the Executive Producers of Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder comes The Catch – The Complete First Season on DVD. Is The Catch Season One something worth picking up or should you throw it back in the river? Read on to find out!
The Catch Season One stars Mireille Enos as Investigator Alice Vaughan and Peter Krause as international man of mystery Benjamin Jones. Much like many modern shows, the writing and plot is nothing to be impressed about and your enjoyment completely hinges on whether or not you love the main characters.
I personally felt I had nothing at all in common with the actors in this show with the possible exception of us all being humans (although at times I even question that). The Catch is very much so a “case of the week” premise, and the structure gets very old even in just 10 episodes. Romance and double crosses and con men with ridiculous plots makes it seem very much like a dime store novel.
Not that anyone should feel ashamed for liking this or enjoying this type of show – I just wasn’t enamored with it. It seems like many shows from the big 3 broadcast networks lately are geared toward a demographic that I don’t fit into. Which is very weird to me since I’ve loved shows from the 50’s up to the early 2000’s from them. I would say that television has just run out of good, fresh ideas for shows and characters, but HBO, AMC, BBC, and others keep proving that wrong with original or adapted content that really works. I guess as long as you go into the show realizing that it’s more fast food than a sit down meal maybe you will enjoy it more?
The show is basically a romantic drama thriller. It’s similar to a late night soap opera that plays with the “will they or won’t they sleep together” story line. It equates a romantic relationship to that of a long con job. You at first don’t know who to trust and try to figure out where the deceit is coming from and who is really manipulating who. Of course to me the whole point in that, is to at first not be aware that it is a con, but the show isn’t smart enough to pull off tricking the audience.
As a viewer I kept waiting for them to get to the “a-ha” moment which was not really that interesting to me. It also has the modern trope of every FBI character being stupid and unskilled and yet the criminals who also make huge mistakes somehow almost in a superhero fashion manage to escape scot-free. At best, it is lazy writing and at worst, it is infuriating. The tone is all over the place and let’s not even talk about the plot holes.
Audio and Visuals:
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles – English SDH, French, Spanish
Two-disc set (2 DVDs) 10 episodes – 430 minutes run time
Seemingly standard on these modern ABC releases The Catch Season One is only available on DVD. The audio and visuals are adequate and are in line with other 2016 DVD releases of television shows. The show seems to have a modest budget, and the show is fairly consistent throughout in sound and picture. It’s quite probable that ABC aired this show originally in High Definition, so this format could be a downgrade if you have seen it before.
The Catch Season One Final Thoughts:
The Catch Season One is not unwatchable (of course remember who I am and what I watch), but it is at the lower end of the average show spectrum. You have to be in love with the characters to forgive the very real flaws of the show. The pilot seems to be the tightest production on the disc so if you are interested, watch it. If you find you dislike the first episode you can stop there and not worry about the rest of the show, as the quality drops from there. I would only pick this one up if you are already a die hard fan and even then I’d wait until it’s on sale for $10 or less.
It is available here at Amazon if you desire to pick it up.
Note: This DVD was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.