But along the lines of comparison, Eleventh Hour is also looking to be a combo of the general crime shows of CBS, plus a bit of House, having the genius, eccentric doctor/scientist as the intriguing main character.
Unlike House, though, Jacob Hood, played by Rufus Sewell, is not as aloof, rude, or a total jerk like House. Instead, Jacob is more humble and endearingly clueless, but still never appearing anything less than genius.
Perhaps that falls a little bit more towards Fringe as we have a charming guy in the primary male genius role who is pretty interesting, but you believe him more as the charmer than the scientist.
The women in Fringe and Eleventh Hour are also a bit similar as they're both a form of partner to the guy and are also supposed to be slightly aloof smart people who are too strong and independent to ever have a great relationship, but of course, there's sexual tension with their "partners."
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So focusing on the premiere of Eleventh Hour to give it its own fair chance, the pilot featured Jacob and his lovely female body guard, Rachel Young, tracking down what was behind the discovery of 9 dead fetuses in the woods, and also another pregnant woman soon to follow suit. Long story short, this is a case of human cloning, the kind of case of science weirdness Jacob is called in at "the eleventh hour" to figure out.
So far the main promise of the show seems to be it's mysterious and sciencey, but not quite to the Lost-like bizarre level Fringe is taking on which is interesting, but gets old fast when it's pretty expected there's so much we'll have to wait forever to figure out.
There's also promise in Rufus Sewell's acting as he's a pretty riveting actor in general, and I have high hopes for him carrying a series well. The plot and character relationships will need to become more interesting, but I'd give this one a chance - just maybe it'll prove to be preferred to Fringe since it seems the hype on that one has let many a fan down already!
If you tuned in, what did you think of Eleventh Hour?
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