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Second Chance - S01E03

Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Drama
 

A disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops, is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists, as a 35-year-old with unpredictable near-superhuman abilities.

 
Episode Title: From Darkness, the Sun
Airs: 2016-01-29 at 21:00
  • Isaac Feldberg

    What sinks Second Chance is its consummate laziness, from the regressive characterization of its non-cis/white/male characters to its reliance on the most threadbare tropes of the buddy cop genre.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The right kind of fascinating character and performance could have made the premise work, but neither are in evidence.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Other than presenting Kazinsky with the late holiday gift of a starring role, there’s not much else to Second Chance. The twins feel as if they’ve been grafted onto the plot from another series, while DeKay’s sole note for much of the first few episodes is pissed off. Other shows have tackled estranged fathers and sons better.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    The pity is that there are aspects of Second Chance that work amidst the nonsense, but the show becomes no greater awareness of those aspects over the four episodes I've seen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There may be interesting stories to be told about the nature of the soul and our resistance to change, but they're buried under the weight of the premise and the efforts to paper over multiple plot holes.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Second Chance is preposterous, silly, and forgettable. But it never takes itself too seriously and it flows along at a good pace. Take it or leave it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Their [Kazinsky and DeJKay's] bro-ish father-son bond isn’t enough to make Second Chance worthwhile. For all its shiny jewelry, the show is ultimately a plain procedural, and no amount of advanced technology is enough to make it feel brand new.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Second Chance is watchable without being especially engaging.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Second Chance is pretty much another Fox attempt at a crime procedural crossed with a high concept.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    Kazinsky is bland. As is the seen-it-before strained relationship between him and his “son,” an FBI agent played by Tim DeKay. The strange dynamic between twin brother and sister, however, is the reason I will give it a second chance.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The show moves briskly but not well. Kazinsky is good and tries to continue the cranky character Hall so memorably creates, but the writing wants to turn him into Captain America.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    By current standards the show isn't particularly graphic or brutal and, indeed, works best the closer it comes to comedy and romance. When it tries to go deep or dark, it feels overwritten and overwrought; as light entertainment, it's passably diverting, not without charm.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Kazinsky is likable, but seemingly lacks the imagination to suggest depths that aren't indicated in series creator Rand Ravich's screenplay. He doesn't sync up with Hall's performance as the older version of the character.... There are compensations, though: The emotionally fraught relationship between Mary, the CEO of the tech company, and her brother Otto, the scientific genius behind most of its advances, is fascinating, and DeKay's performance as Duval is intelligent, sensitive, and often unexpectedly touching.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    It's pretty ridiculous, but also oddly compelling at moments. [8/15 Jan 2016, p.98]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Not exactly a new premise, but the new Fox action-drama has enough of a twist to make it make it worth checking out.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Yes, this sounds preposterous. And the crime-of-the-weeks sometimes dabble in clichés--child in jeopardy, villain with an East European accent. But the actors sell it, and the writers throw in enough winking humor to let us not take it too seriously.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The key will be whether Second Chance can keep from lapsing into a stale weekly catch-a-crook caper or have enough layers of unique duplicity and humanity to resonate as considerably more than that. It so far still deserves the benefit of the doubt, with a compelling opening episode that should leave many viewers in the mood for more.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Second Chance is so self-serious at times that it verges on parody, especially in every overwritten scene with the twins. The writing is atrocious, the production values are subpar, and there’s not a single good performance.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review