Hot on Hulu: Stand-Off and Revolution

This week’s Hot on Hulu includes one old Fox drama and a sneak peek at the pilot for one of this fall’s most anticipated shows.

We begin with Revolution from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. Revolution is not only one of the most anticipated shows, it’s also the most advertised. If you’ve been watching anything on NBC these last few months, you’ve seen ads for this show. A backed-up freeway of stalled cars, a Ferris wheel covered in vines, Katniss Everdeen and her quiver of arrows. . . oh wait, that’s a different show. . two different shows, actually.

Anyway, Revolution is now available on Hulu and here’s hoping it can live up to the hype. It’s a complex survival series with a lot of characters and a big secret at the core. It worked for Lost but FlashForward failed to hold an audience. On the upside, it’s J.J. Abrams. I’m betting on less than half a season, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it while you can.

Standoff

Crime drama fans should check out the short-lived Fox series Standoff

Matt Flannery (Ron Livingston) and Emily Lehman (Rosemarie DeWitt) are FBI crisis negotiators and they’re great at what they do. But when they start dating, well, that’s a lot harder to handle. Emily thinks they should keep their relationship a secret but Matt doesn’t mind telling everyone they know — including the gunman who is having relationship issues of his own.

Standoff is a tense, cop drama that deals with the pressures of life and the way we handle them. Many of the suspects on this show are regular people who have been pushed so far they see violence as the only answer. It’s up to Matt and Emily to work out the real reason behind their actions before talking them into giving up.

The show did poorly in the ratings and was canceled after 18 episodes, but I don’t understand why it didn’t find an audience. It’s like Flashpoint without all the shooting. And maybe that’s the problem. At the heart, Standoff is about talking and the show is filled with long conversations between the negotiators and the suspects. Too talky? Maybe for some, but I find the psychological twists and turns to be fascinating.

Want to see a riveting hour of television? Watch Episode 2 “Circling.” Tim DeKay (White Collar) plays an air traffic controller who takes his co-workers hostage after it’s assumed that he caused a mid-air collision. DeKay is at his very best as he tries to explain the pressures of the job, over-worked and underpaid but still responsible for 1,000 of lives. Even with a gun in his hand, it’s hard to see this man as the bad guy.

What are you watching on Hulu this week? Let us know in the comments below.


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