NBC’s Crossing Lines

Crossing Lines

For those of you who aren’t aware, on June 24, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EST) NBC premiered a new crime show titled “Crossing Lines” which focuses on a team of agents organized by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of different nationalities that solve cross-border crimes. I originally tuned in out of my immense love of Tom Wlaschiha (Game of ThronesFrisch Gepresst) but I ended up really enjoying the pilot and becoming extremely excited to watch the rest of the first season.

Unfortunately as with everything else throughout my life I did develop one or two issues as I watched the show’s pilot. For example, while I understand that during a pilot episode (which lasted 2 hours) the plot tends to be rushed due to the writers having to spend time introducing characters, at times the show seemed really rushed where at other times the story slowed down or unnecessary bits of footage were left in that could have (in my opinion) been put to better use. For example there is a specific scene where Detective Carl Hickman (William Fichtner) is feeling guilty about something, and the audience listens to his non-diegetic internal monologue. This really bothered me because we as the audience already knew that he is wracked with guilt, there was no reason to hammer that point home with nearly a minute of the repetitive “myfault-myfault-myfault” stream of consciousness. (I also find internal monologues in crime drama’s a bit tacky.)

Other parts of the show were done incredibly well, such as a specific scene where three members of the cast were locked inside a Paris police office cell, and we got to watch two of the characters snark at each other, while the third snarled at one of the Paris officers whom had taken it upon himself to dick with the detective’s computer (I know that feel bro!) it was a small scene, but the audience was able to get clued in on three of the show’s characters in a rather humorous method.

Character development (justifiably) took high precedence over plot during the pilot episode, although some characters were more heavily focused on than others. The audience really got to know Northern Ireland cop Tommy McConnel (Richard Flood) and his love of bare-knuckle boxing and somewhat hellish family background. (Truth be told some of the character’s nationality and background mixes are a bit cliche, hell the Italian woman’s specialty is dealing with the Mob and Organized Crime.) But other main characters were left a bit in the dust, we didn’t learn very much about Sebastian Berger & Anne-Marie Sann’s characters, despite the fact that Anne-Marie had almost as much screen time as William Fichtner’s character Detective Carl Hickman. Other characters gave us just a little bit of information to pique our interest to the point where it was a bit annoying (Seriously Louis? wtf is the back-story on that fire?)

Besides a few other feminist-style issues I had with the pilot episode that I don’t want to go into because of possible spoilers, I really have to nit-pick to find things to be critical of, I really loved the show, and not just because of the fact that the sexiest German man alive happens to be a main character, even though they didn’t give him enough screen time *sobs*.

Are you interested in watching? Well you are in luck, NBC uploaded the pilot in two parts to their website where you can watch them for free!

Crossing Lines – Episode 01 “Pilot: Part 1″ (Edit 2/17/2014: No longer available.)

Crossing Lines – Episode 02 “Pilot: Part 2″ (Edit 2/17/2014: No longer available.)

As it is unlikely the rest of the season will be uploaded there, you should be sure to tune in to NBC on Sunday at 10/9 (EST/CST) to enjoy more sexy German Tom Wlaschiha episodes!


  1. It’s all rather predictable, and unfortunately the directing choices largely serve to make a hacky crime drama seem even hackier. Overacting abounds; the score does its part to make every scene feel overwrought, especially in the back half of the pilot. The plot shamelessly exploits the viewer’s emotions; first throwing a hint of romance into nearly every heterosexual combination of characters, then brutally victimizing the women in two of the pairings. Too much time is spent screaming grief at someone or other’s abduction or murder; on one hand, the show desensitizes you to its violence, and on the other, it expects the viewer to feel the flailing grief and rage that the characters express.

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