Without a Trace

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From powerhouse executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Emmy Award-nominated writer Hank Steinberg (The Nine, 61*), Without a Trace provides a fascinating glimpse into a rarely seen arena: the search for people who vanish inexplicably.
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English
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 25 2002
    41min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English
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    English
    Jack and his team investigate the case of a 28-year-old female marketing executive, Maggie Cartwright, who seems to have simply walked away from her life, leaving everything behind.
  2. 2. Birthday Boy
    October 3 2002
    42min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    Jack and his team search for an 11-year-old boy, Gabe (DAVID HENRIE), who disappears from a subway station en route to Yankee Stadium for what was to be his birthday celebration. After Gabe gets separated in the station, his frantic father, Bob Feldman (DAVID PAYMER), sees him boarding a subway train. He assumes that Gabe will get off at the next stop, but that doesn't happen, so Bob searches the ballpark before calling the police.
  3. 3. He Saw, She Saw
    October 10 2002
    42min
    13+
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    As a couple, Duncan (KYLE SECOR) and Emily (STACY EDWARDS) Muller, cross to their car after a day of shopping, Duncan realizes that he needs to go back into the store to retrieve his credit card. After Duncan walks away, his wife's car speeds off, leaving a bystander, Doug Dunsmore (RICK RAVANELLO), injured.
  4. 4. Between the Cracks
    October 17 2002
    44min
    13+
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    The agents' job is harder than usual because they must find a woman, Eve (KAITLIN DOUBLEDAY), who changes her appearance to suit whatever modeling or acting job she is seeking at the time. No one seems to know Eve well, including her roommate, who files the missing persons report when she notices that Eve's beloved cat has not been fed for days.
  5. 5. Suspect
    October 24 2002
    44min
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    Jack and his squad search for a young man, 17-year-old Andy Deaver (JARED HILLMAN), who was last seen by the charismatic headmaster, Graham Spalding (CONOR O'FARRELL), of Spalding Academy, the private boarding school Andy attends. When Andy is reported missing, Jack immediately suspects the headmaster.
  6. 6. Silent Partner
    October 31 2002
    41min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a New York businessman, Patrick Kent (ERICH ANDERSON), who disappears after he checks in for a routine airline flight home. During the investigation, the agents are shocked to discover that Kent has been leading a secret double life--but that his father-in-law, Noah Ridder (PHILIP BAKER HALL), has him under surveillance by a private investigator for another reason entirely.
  7. 7. Snatch Back
    November 7 2002
    42min
    13+
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    Jack and his squad search for a toddler, Abby, who was snatched from a park playground while playing with another child. Abby is the daughter of prominent New York Assistant District Attorney Angela Buckman (MARIN HINKLE) and her college professor husband, Matthew (JOHN MESE). As the investigation proceeds, clues implicate suspicious people in both parents' lives. But when none of the suspects proves to be the culprit, and a ransom demand is made, the team members suddenly realize that they are focusing on the wrong aspect of the case.
  8. 8. Little Big Man
    November 14 2002
    42min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a teenager, William Hope (DEMPSEY PAPPION), who goes missing in a very bad neighborhood after a confrontation with a local bully. Considered a good kid, William was living in a foster home after 18 months on the street and seemed destined for a better life when he disappeared.
  9. 9. In Extremis
    November 21 2002
    42min
    13+
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    The team investigates the disappearance of Anwar Samir (DARIUSH KASHANI), a Saudi Arabian medical intern who became upset when his boss refused to write a letter of recommendation for him, and his girlfriend declined his marriage proposal. Anwar is a hardworking and well-respected doctor whose every move becomes subject to interpretation after he disappears.
  10. 10. Midnight Sun
    December 12 2002
    43min
    13+
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    Jack and the team investigate a father, Greg Prichard (BRETT CULLEN), and his daughter, Kyla (BRYNN LAUREN LEMON), who disappear during their regular morning routine. Greg and Kyla depart for work and school respectively, but neither reaches the intended destination.
  11. 11. Maple Street
    January 9 2003
    43min
    13+
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    The citizens of a small Long Island town are shocked when 13-year-old Annie Miller (LANDRY ALLBRIGHT) disappears on her way to school. Then, 24 hours later, her best friend, Siobhan (ALIA SHAWKAT), is also reported missing.
  12. 12. Underground Railroad
    January 16 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a pregnant woman, Kathy Dobson (NICOLE DeHUFF), who disappeared from a hospital before being told that she has serious complications. As the detectives race against time to find Kathy, their investigation gradually reveals that Kathy's seemingly happy life actually hasn't been going very well.
  13. 13. Hang onto Me
    January 30 2003
    45min
    13+
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    Jack is distraught and defensive when Chet Collins (recurring guest star CHARLES S. DUTTON), whose son has been missing for 6 years, decides to search for him on his own because he thinks Jack has given up hope of finding him. Feeling guilty over his failure to recover Collins' son, who was 2 years old when he disappeared, Jack kept the case active despite fearing the worst.
  14. 14. The Friendly Skies
    February 6 2003
    44min
    13+
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    English
    Jack and the team search for an airline stewardess, Linda Schmidt (HEATHER DONAHUE - "The Blair Witch Project"), who disappeared on her way to the airport. Finally improving her life after a devastating bout with alcoholism, Linda had admitted to her roommate that the man she was dating was very disappointing.
  15. 15. There Goes the Bride
    February 20 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack and his squad investigate a bride, Audrey Rose (KELLY OVERTON), who disappears from her wedding celebration. The groom, Charlie Beckworth (MacKENZIE ASTIN), has no explanation, although it appears that she left with someone she knew.
  16. 16. Claire de Lune
    February 27 2003
    42min
    13+
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    Jack and his squad search for a teenage girl, Clare Metcalf (AMBER TAMBLYN), who disappears from a mental hospital after she suffers an extreme psychotic episode. As the team members investigate Clare's disappearance, they begin to uncover conflicting evidence about her sanity.
  17. 17. Kam Li
    March 13 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a recently retired U.S. Army officer who disappears following a dinner in his honor given by former members of his Vietnam platoon, including Manny Aybar (ERNIE HUDSON - "Ghostbusters"). While questioning those who attended John "Bull" Carver's (STEVE EASTIN) dinner, the squad hears hints about a controversial, fatal incident involving one of Bull's men in Vietnam.
  18. 18. The Source
    April 3 2003
    42min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a tenacious television reporter, Delia Rivers (APRIL GRACE), after she disappears in the middle of a dangerous, high-profile investigation. She was scrutinizing a nightclub owner, Freddy Cattan (CHRISTIAN CAMARGO), who is also a suspected drug dealer.
  19. 19. Victory for Humanity
    April 10 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack's squad looks for a young, idealistic and dedicated schoolteacher, Josh Abrams (CHRISTOPHER GORHAM), who disappeared after teaching a night class in the Bronx. The team soon begins to uncover seemingly contradictory information about Josh.
  20. 20. No Mas
    April 23 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack and the team search for a boxer, Dante Jones (DAVIS HENRY), who vanishes before a much anticipated fight at New York's Madison Square Garden. Jones' boxing career was better than ever when he disappeared before the big match.
  21. 21. Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...?
    May 1 2003
    44min
    13+
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    Jack finds himself at the center of an investigation into how missing persons cases have been handled, including such controversial cases as that of Graham Spaulding (recurring guest star CONOR O'FARRELL), the accused pedophile now on trial whose confession Jack may have coerced. As each squad member is interrogated by a representative from the Office of Professional Responsibility, a level of paranoia and distrust is established among them, leaving all of their professional futures in question.
  22. 22. Fallout: Part 1
    May 8 2003
    44min
    13+
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    In part one of a two-part season finale, Jack and his team search for an office worker, Sydney Harrison (recurring guest star MARSHA DIETLEIN BENNET), who disappeared from her building. Within hours of Sydney going missing, her employers receive a ransom note via e-mail demanding $50,000. Part 1 of 2
  23. 23. Fallout: Part 2
    May 15 2003
    45min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In part two of a two-part season finale, Jack's squad must determine the best course of action when Samantha is shot and possibly critically injured in a hostage situation. After the ransom drop for a woman who has disappeared goes dreadfully wrong, Samantha becomes trapped in a bookstore by the kidnapper, Barry Mashburn (recurring guest star TOM IRWIN), who has discovered that she is an FBI agent. Part 2 of 2

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Kindle ReaderReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Prime Video Streaming of Seasons 1-7
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I purchased Without A Trace Season 1-7. Prime video streaming. Don't bother wasting your money as the video and audio don't line up so you can see the mouths of the actors move and in most episodes, they've stopped talking before the audio is heard. Amazon does nothing to repair this other than offer a refund. So if you like this show, do yourself a favor and buy the DVD sets.
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Lactivist Anti-Vaccine Socialist HippieReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my FAVORITE shows on TV! A MUST-SEE for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Crime Drama Buffs!
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Although, as far as I remember (hey, its been almost 12 years since this show first premiered!), I did not start watching [[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]] when it first aired on CBS in September of 2002 and instead, I only got into the show, later on (at least a few years later) after seeing reruns in syndication, it is now one of my (definitely in the top 6) ABSOLUTE FAVORITE shows on TV!!

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (who also produced [[ASIN:B00005JO9K Cold Case]] -- another show that, if I recall correctly, I also started watching around the same time) [[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]] is about the cases of the New York City FBI field office's Missing Persons Unit (which, AFAIK does NOT exist in real-life, as missing persons cases are NOT usually handled by the FBI, but rather local police departments -- except in cases of ransom, kidnapping across state lines, or child abduction) as well as, to a lesser degree, the personal lives of the FBI agents on this squad.

In the early seasons of the show, the FBI Missing Persons Unit consists of Special Agent Samantha "Sam" Spade (played by Poppy Montgomery) a cynical but yet very compassionate agent (in my opinion, like ALL the agents in this unit), trying to overcome a difficult childhood, Special Agent Danny Taylor (played by Enrique Murciano) a former foster child after being orphaned at the age of 11, is a somewhat tough-talking streetwise agent, with a sharp sense of humor and a quick temper at times but yet, a good heart ALL the time, Special Agent Martin Fitzgerald (played by Eric Close), the newcomer rookie agent and the son of the Deputy Director of the FBI, is trying to prove himself to the fellow agents in his unit, and show them that he earned his position on his own merit & competence and NOT because of the nepotism of being the Deputy Director's son, and Special Agent Vivian Johnson (played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste) a very knowledgeable veteran agent whose wisdom provides balance to the cynicism, hot-headedness, and inexperience of the other agents on the team. The Missing Persons Unit is commanded by Supervisory Special Agent Jack Malone (played by Anthony LaPaglia) a well-intentioned if not impulsive head agent with a cowboy attitude and a propensity to bend, if not even outright break the rules, in the name of finding the missing person, catching the culprit responsible (if applicable) and solving the case. Jack's maverick attitude extends to his home life, where his already-rocky marriage has been disintegrating (and eventually in later seasons, ends in an acrimonious divorce) since a brief illicit affair with fellow agent & subordinate, Samantha Spade (that occurred prior to the start of the series) with whom he has an on-again/off-again relationship throughout the run of the series.

[[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]] is a gripping, suspenseful and intriguing mystery/crime drama that deals with the cases of various missing people, as well as the personal lives of the FBI agents trying to find them. It follows these aforementioned agents from the time they are called in on a Missing Persons case, as they race against the clock, to find out who the missing individual(s) are and learn all about them to locate them, and solve the case. Whether they were abducted, or they ran away, or whether they committed suicide or met with an accident or foul play, are all potential scenarios that the agents in the Missing Persons Unit have to consider during the course of their investigation. Working backwards in time, these FBI agents have to track the movements as well as the behavior, verbal statements, phone & computer activity and other actions, of the missing person in the hours, days, weeks and even months & years prior to the disappearance, in order to trace where they might be and/or what might've happened to them. The agents have to both look backwards in time while moving forward as the countdown continues to find the missing person before the crucial 48 hours (because its believed that the chances of finding a missing person alive after 48 hours [or in the case of missing children, 24 hours] is very slim to none) have passed. Which is why, throughout the episode, there are periodic updates (in the form of subtitled scene intros) stating how long the missing person has been gone -- and as the hours tick by, without any luck finding the missing, the pressure, anxiety, and tension mounts as the case becomes more dire.

Adding to the suspense is the fact that, for the most part, none (or very few) of the cases end in the exact same way -- and just like in real-life, not all of the missing person cases have happy "fairy-tale" endings. Some of the people are found alive, others are found dead, and some cases are left unsolved as an "open case"/"cold case" and viewers are never shown what happens, instead being left to draw their own conclusions about the fate of the case. Not to mention that some/many of the episodes have unforeseen twists & turns that often viewers never see coming. For example, a case in which the squad is searching for a missing individual who they suspect is in danger, only the agents later learn that the missing person actually committed a crime, and then the case turns from a missing person search, to a manhunt for a fugitive and the episode ends with the missing person in handcuffs. Or vice versa, where the squad is searching for someone who they believe is a fugitive on the run, only to later learn that the missing person was actually innocent (even framed) for the crime, and the case turns from a manhunt for a fugitive, to a search for a missing person in danger, and the episode ends with the person being exonerated and their name cleared in one way or another. Thanks to the SUPERB writing (including all the unexpected twists and turns) which keeps viewers (or at least me!) on the edge of their seats, its difficult if not impossible to predict how the specific missing person's case & the episode will play out. That's not something you can say about most TV shows, which are often formulaic rehash/déjà vu of episodes of other shows, or even past episodes of the same show.

Also, [[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]] manages to establish great characters that the viewer cares about early on, so much so that you almost forget that its a TV show, and think that its a real-life, and you're a part of the Missing Persons squad, trying to solve the case and find the missing individual(s). From pretty much the first episode of this show I saw (as well as later on, the 2nd episode on of this season -- since I started watching the show several seasons into the series run, the episodes in this season was not the first I saw) I was hooked on the show and as attached to the characters and their storylines as if they were my good friends!

Although there ARE a few episodes in this season that I don't particularly like (a couple I even hate), there are others that are ABSOLUTE FAVORITES, and have seen MULTIPLE times!

My favorite episodes in this season are "Birthday Boy" in which the team works to solve the case of a young boy who disappeared on the way to a birthday trip to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, "Snatch Back" in which the agents search for the daughter of a district attorney/prosecutor who was abducted from a park, and "Underground Railroad" in which the squad races against the clock to find a missing pregnant woman with life-threatening complications. But my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE episodes (which I've seen NUMEROUS times) in this season, are "Maple Street", in which the agents are working to solve the case of a sheltered 13 year old girl who disappeared on the way to school in an idyllic Long Island small town, when her best friend suddenly disappears too (I especially ♡ the concern & compassion of the agents in this episode particularly Samantha Spade and Jack Malone), and and "Clare De Lune" about a young girl who disappears from a psychiatric hospital (this episode, especially the scene[s] with Danny Taylor at the end of the episode, are HEART-RENDING!!)

My only quibble with this item, is the packaging. The DVDs are housed in a fold-out cardboard case, that fits inside a plastic-like slipcover. Aside from the fact that I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY HATE cardboard DVD boxes (or for that matter, ANY style of DVD cases that involves cardboard), the printing/graphics on the fold-out DVD case is on the wrong side of the to coordinate with the matching/fitting graphics on the plastic slipcover case, resulting in the opening of the fold out DVD section facing the outside of the box, instead of being secured in the closed part of the slipcover. Rather than a plastic slipcover case holding a cardboard box that unfolds and folds up/out (the style used for THIS set), I much PREFER the single plastic DVD case with an inner tray-rack to hold the discs (like the DVD case for [[ASIN:B0080QOKHU Without a Trace: Season 3]] among others!) instead!

I am kind of anal about my DVD sets (actually, DVDs & CDs in general!), and I HATE the cardboard box style of DVD case which often gets worn, scuffed, and/or peeling at the edges and corners of the box. In my experience so far, plastic DVD cases do NOT have those problems -- at most, the clear plastic sheet on the outside of the DVD case (into which the paper cover is inserted) *might* get a little wrinkled or soiled/dusty.

But the few wrinkles or soiling on the plastic cases is at least something I can live with, UNLIKE the significant scuffing & peeling into white spots/patches on the corners & edges of cardboard cases, which is really aggravating! That is why I'd much rather have a single plastic DVD case with an inner-tray/rack which doesn't get much (if ANY!) edgewear, shelfwear, corner-wear, and/or scuffing & peeling, and is pretty much care-free!

[[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]] is a GREAT show, and even though its no longer on the air anymore, I'm so glad to have not only this season on DVD, but now that I finally have the rest of the series (the final 4 seasons which I just recently bought) on DVD I can have any episode in the series at my fingertips whenever I want to see it, instead of having to hope that (and wait for) the show is broadcast in syndication and wait for the particular episode to re-air!

I ♥ [[ASIN:B0002DRE72 Without a Trace]]! Now if they'd only just find a way to clear the music rights so that they could release [[ASIN:B00005JO9K Cold Case]] on DVD as well!!
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victorReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Got my dvd set today - was really happy. Then I opened the set and all the ...
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Got my dvd set today - was really happy. Then I opened the set and all the dvds were blank - no graphics on dvds - just the small lettering around the center which makes it hard to read. The content is there but not any graphics. Why, I don't know - maybe the company saved some money.
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Paula SauderReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Quality for being used
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I was very pleased with the quality of the set despite being used. I watched this show when it was on TV and now I can watch when I want, however many times I want. Without A Trace is about a team of FBI agents who work for the missing persons unit. Every episode is a race to find the missing person. Sometimes the ending is not the outcome the team would have liked and sometimes they do. Each Episode keeps you engaged until the end.
ScottReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
I just can't take Jack Malone anymore.
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Do people find it acceptable for a federal agent to threaten and yell at everyone they encounter? If only he'd disappear without a trace....
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M. WhiteReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top Quality Crime Series Drama
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I wish I would have discovered this series long ago when it first started - I've been watching the reruns on ION for some time now and I get into them so much that I wanted to go back and start with the first season. The acting is great, the writing is excellent - there are so many crime series out there that lack quality - they've overly gory, the characters lack integrity. But, the special agents portrayed in Without A Trace are intellligent and show such dedication and devotion to what they do - their acting is done with such realism and the plots are always intruiging.

I purchased Season 1 from Amazon in March, 2011 and what I received is indeed a wide screen version. I love this show, I'll probably be buying additional seasons soon!
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AkelaReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
5 stars for the show, 3 for the disks (and a huge minus for the seller)
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The show is great, no problem with anything about acting, plots, etc etc But - as it happened before - putting series on both sides of the disk drastically reduces quality. In my case, I bought the 1 season from a dealer, watched about half of it, then never finished until a year later. Found out that disk 3 side B - the 2 final episodes - did not exist there. Or may be they exist but the DVD player says "No disk" to side B. I have no idea whether the disk was like this at manufacturing, or the seller simply did not mention that there was a serious problem with the disks. But because of the time lapse, there is nothing I can do except buy a new copy - this time directly from Amazon - and hope for the best.

This happened before with the double sided disks. I hope for better quality with the next seasons.
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Lyndee BeeReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
LaPaglia + Brukheimer = Outstanding Series - GREAT!
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I was late to begin watching this series and missed the entire first season. I was thrilled to find it in a DVD set.

It is very well cast, has outstanding writers, and terrific cinematography. LaPaglia is the lead in a wonderful collection of accomplished actors who play off one another very well. His character is well rounded and exhibits tremendous depth. He is intelligent, tough, vulnerable and caring (much as his character is in the movie, Lantana). The stories have a good balance between the missing person(s) plots and the personal lives of the characters. They really draw you in. Several of the episodes are spellbinding, especially the last two. Only a couple are less than great. Where can you get so much quality entertainment at such a bargain price!? I am eagerly awaiting the release on DVDs of Season 2.
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