After years of assuming FBI Agent Emily Byrne was a possible victim of serial killer Conrad Harlow, she is miraculously returned to her family. Emily, however, has to struggle with the mysteries of her captivity and the fact that everyone has moved on without her.
Emily’s alleged serial killer, Conrad Harlow, is being released from jail, and Emily has not come close to solving the mystery of her kidnapping and time in captivity. As Emily struggles to return to normal life, a witness turns up and reinforces the suspicions of Emily. Emily denies the suspicions and is sure the witness is lying and was forced into making a false statement.
When the testifying witness against Emily is murdered, all signs suggest that the murder was committed by Emily. While Tommy Gibbs and the Boston Police Chief are accusing Emily, she and Nick look for an FBI agent who forced the witness to lie. For Emily, there is suspicion that this agent is the one responsible for her abduction.
The evidence against Emily is too much for the FBI and Boston Police Department to ignore, so they ask her to turn herself in. In the midst of chaos, old feelings come to the surface between Nick and Emily. Emily decides she would rather flee and try to solve the mystery that is ruining her life.
FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily is discovered held in captivity, with little memory of the villain who kidnapped and tortured her. As Emily unravels the mystery of her abduction, she finds herself the prime suspect in a string of shocking new murders.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
I tried. I really did. But the thing that got me is that between the dialog and mood music, and from scene to scene, the audio levels were like a roller coaster. Even after adjusting the Dolby settings on the Fire TV Stick, and the audio settings on my TV. The range is absurd, from inaudible whispering to crazy eardrum splitting music. I finally gave up... it's just unpleasant.
So immensely off-the-mark in just about every respect that it is...stunning. Woman is rescued after SIX years of being held captive by a serial killer in a mask, who beat and barely fed her and repeatedly drowned in a locked tank of water with hallucinogens added to it. But after a few days in hospital she starts to look kind of pretty again and goes home. Of course, she has to go home to her brother's place, since while she was missing she was declared dead by the courts in absentia; her husband has remarried; and her kid, who was just a toddler when she was taken, is now a preteen who considers the new wife his mom. (Ok, sure.) Yet...nobody talks about any of this. When they do talk, it is in ways that are astonishingly inept--not true-to-life inept, mind you, but the sort of inept that can only be written by people who have lead emotionally stunted lives (and yet feel too full of their own clueless selves to be bothered to research what a case of extreme trauma might actually look like). Writers, actors, and designers alike conspire to ensure the mood is one of unceasing, unqualified sulkiness. I think they think this is the key to approximating a really good Scandinavian cop show/thriller? Which means that every excellent nuance of the Scandinavian cop show/thrillers they've watched has gone entirely over their heads. Which makes me kind of sad...because how do people like this even get to make a series in the first place?
Please oh please just skip this one. Unless you want to watch it stoned with friends and laugh? But no, even that would be too painful. Just go watch Bosch again instead, if you're jonesing for your cop show fix.
These agents are too young and too pretty. And on what freakish planet would an FBI agent be actively investigating the disappearance of his own FBI agent wife? And for him to then be interrogating the suspect? Ridiculous and completely unbelievable. I hate trash like this that completely insults its audience's intelligence.
This is one of those shows where all the adults - nearly without exception - act like precocious junior high schoolers.
I loved this series. I actually was looking to watch Castle as being a fan of that show for many years and I then saw Stana Katic was in her own and I was like hey why not. I loved this show and It kept me glued to my seat and I can't say that about many shows. The only thing is when I tried to watch it through the apple tv the audio was a bit difficult to make out, but watching it on my laptop was much better. I hope season 2 will come soon!
You won't be disappointed with Absentia. This show is a dark psychological thriller and worth your time to watch. Ms Katic was front and center and did an outstanding job. I thought the other actors gave good performances, especially her brother Jack and her Dad. Even though there were a few plot holes, I was kept engaged though out. I watched it over a 2 day period only because I had to make myself go to bed. The scenes with the water tank really caused all sorts of terror. I thought the tunnels under the cabin were especially creepy and a place like that could only be found in that part of the world. It truly added to the terror and tightness in my chest that I felt. I don't normally watch thrillers, but because I am a fan of Stana's I made a point to watch. I think she is an excellent actress and will watch any genre she gets involved in. If there is a season 2, I will be back to watch.