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When D.S. Mack Stone's (John Hannah) wife disappears without a trace, he spawns an obsession with the past life of John Dean (Anthony Calf), a man who suffers from amnesia.
Amnesia has the style and form of any classic 2004 British TV drama: it's stylistically boring and pretty predictable. There was nothing defining or impressive about Amnesia (but maybe that's just because I'm so used to the high standards of today's television). Yet, I think even for 2004, Amnesia needed some more "oomph" to make the show memorable. There wasn't anything really redeeming about this show for me. But what hit me in my, rather large, annoyance bone the most was it's inability to use the little ounce of potential the show actually had.
While watching this show, I theorized about what happened, as one does. Quite frankly, I think my own story was more inventive and exciting than the actual storyline. The show, through the character's development and the actor's choices, made me believe that the story was leading in one direction when in reality it was going in the complete opposite. The show had built a great amount of momentum for a pretty dramatic final act. Yet, instead, it followed probably one of the most predictable and, in my opinion, lamest routes possible. The show runners had great such great potential to have a truly shocking and dramatic ending, but instead, they let the final fall flat on it's already suffering face.
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