By Shannon Geary, Features Editor
Are you looking for a show about super cops and hot girls? Overdramatic actors and paternal-based pain? Then Fox’s new drama “Second Chance” is for you.
The pilot opens on 75 year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Robert Kazinsky), a hard drinking ex-sheriff disgraced by an evidence planting scandal some years before. His middle aged son Duval (Tim DeKay) reminds the cantankerous Pritchard not to drink too much while Duval is away with his daughter Gracie (Ciara Bravo) on a college tour. When Pritchard visits Duval’s house later that night he interrupts a break-in and is murdered by the criminals, who stage it as an accident.
Enter bioengineer Otto Goodwin (Adhir Kalyan) and his twin sister Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria). Mary is dying from a magical TV cancer that has no outward symptoms. The anti-social Otto steals Pritchard’s body and brings him back to life, healing his cells enough to make him look about 30, have super strength, and improved senses. At first, of course, he is very upset about his sudden age regression, but when he meets up with a hot girl who pays attention to him his irritation vanishes. Because they need Pritchard around, Mary gives him use of a car—a beautiful old muscle car that belonged to the Goodwins’ father. Pritchard and Mary strike up an odd sort of friendship that quickly devolves into trite romantic tension. The entire relationship is very red blooded American and completely uninteresting.
When Pritchard realizes that one of his murderers is his son’s FBI partner (Derek Webster) he sets about righting the wrong done to him. With the help of the Wonder Twins, who need him back at their house every twelve hours to harvest blood and reset his body, Pritchard digs up the dirt on the partner and turns it in to a puzzled Duval. Duval is then kidnapped by his higher ups, who are as dirty as his partner, and Pritchard, realizing just in time that the partner is not the extent of the illness, rushes in to save Duval at the last moment. Duval’s career is made by this case and no one asks too many questions about how and why he was looking into his partner’s finances in the first place. The episode ends with Duval and his sister (Amanda Detmer) wondering if the mysterious Pritchard is their half-brother.
The major relationships in this first episode are between Pritchard and Duval, and Mary and Otto. Pritchard was reportedly absent from most of Duval’s childhood, too busy protecting the town he was sheriff of and cheating on Duval’s mom. Their strained relationship is turned indirect when Pritchard is youth-inized but it remains predictable, and Pritchard’s reactions to Duval’s angry words are immature at best and fall flat at worst. Otto is a basic genius whose genius is so great that he is unable to connect with other people and experiences the world solely through Mary, his beautiful twin sister. Their relationship might be better if Mary was less condescending and Otto less over-dramatic but as it stands, the twins read more as a child and his tired caretaker than two equal siblings.
There is very little new or interesting about ‘Second Chance;’ the relationships are uninspired, the acting is over-the-top, and the writing is nothing new. For mindless entertainment it might work but as quality television, it does not even deserve a first chance.