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Numb3rs - S01E03

Mystery . Drama . Crime

Don relies on Charlie's mathematical insight to help stop a virus that has been killing innocent people in Los Angeles.

Episode Title: Vector
Airs: 2005-02-04 at 22:00
  • Tom Shales

    No matter how often we're told how unbearably fascinating it all is, it isn't. It's more likely to trigger horrifying flashbacks to algebra class. [22 Jan 2005]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    Despite a way-above-average cast, the new CBS drama series "Numb3rs"... doesn't quite add up. [20 Jan 2005]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Like other CBS crime dramas, this one is grim, dark and laden with production gimmicks. ... You would never know it came from two established filmmakers, Tony and Ridley Scott. [21 Jan 2005]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    'Numb3rs' is strained... You can practically hear them groaning with effort as they milk the action potential out of a brainstorming nerd banging his chalk against a blackboard la 'A Beautiful Mind.'

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    This is by no means a lousy show. The performances are solid and the brothers-working-together dynamic is intriguing. But the pilot lacked dramatic oomph, and it did a poor job of actually taking viewers inside the math and explaining how it works. Consequently, "Numb3rs" just doesn't add up. [22 Jan 2005]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    The premise of "Numb3rs" is as gimmicky as its typographically tricky title. [23 Jan 2005]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Megan Waitkoff

    The premise is fascinating enough to keep viewers' attention, if only to see what numbers Charlie will spin next. But some kinks need to be worked out before "Numb3rs" will add up.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Michael Abernethy

    Why is Charlie here? He doesn’t get involved in the action, only generates equations that are truly unexciting.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's not a bad show, merely ho-hum. Perhaps it will have greater appeal to people who liked math in school, but to me "NUMB3RS" just seems like a "CSI" clone with the quadratic formula tossed in for good effect. [23 Jan 2005]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    If you've somehow never seen any of the twelve dozen procedural crime shows that CBS does, it might feel a little new, but too often the scenes with Don and his colleagues feel obligatory, like everyone is doing their best to keep the plot moving until Charlie bursts in with the correct digits. [21 Jan 2005]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    A sometimes clever twist on the overly familiar crime drama format ... is ultimately bogged down in the same old gory homicidal cliches and whodunit solutions. [23 Jan 2005]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    At times, Morrow seems not in the same family with Krumholtz and Hirsch, and at others not even in the same TV series. He's in a world of his own. [21 Jan 2005]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Mr. Morrow plays the lead character with no discernible flair or charisma, making even by-the-book Joe Friday seem like Willy Wonka or something. [23 Jan 2005]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    In trying to service all the characters, the drama is not as compelling as it should be. [2 Jan 2005]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    The glimmers of truthfulness in the family nucleus offset the chilly crime elements. ... The office environment is less compelling as the coterie of feds... perform their unpleasant tasks with little personality. [23 Jan 2005]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    What a cast. What a waste. ... Numb3rs doesn't have the humor of CSI, the passion of Without a Trace or the nervy style of Cold Case. [23 Jan 2005]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Noel Holston

    Watching Charlie stare into space and compute somehow isn't as persuasive as watching Gil Grissom or one of his "CSI" cohorts peer into a microscope. [23 Jan 2005]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Though Krumholtz captures Charlie's combination of genius and immaturity, Morrow's straight-arrow role sorely needs a few dabs of color.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    "Numb3rs" isn't awful, but it's also not as smart, inventive or layered as its characters need to be and often seem. [21 Jan 2005]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Gillian Flynn

    Math might not seem the sexiest way to enliven a story. But that's the sneaky smarts of this show, executive-produced by film directors Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tony Scott (Man on Fire), who know how to dust off old genres.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The major stumbling block remains that it's odd to contemplate seeking algorithmic solutions to crimes or having a guy who got beat up a lot in high school answering 911 calls. So even with Charlie functioning as a kind of adjunct to the bureau, it's muddled how they'll consistently capitalize on his abilities. [17 Jan 2005]

    Variety Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    It's actually more interesting than you might have thought. [21 Jan 2005]

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Yes, in essence, Numb3rs is just CSI with mathematics standing in for forensics. But that cleverly used math twist, combined with an excellent cast and a very un-CSI interest in the characters' family dynamics, provides enough separation to make Numb3rs worth watching on its own.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is astonishing to me that a television show that stars Rob Morrow, Sabrina Lloyd, David Krumholtz and Judd Hirsch, four of the most interesting and attractive and amusing actors television has ever beamed into a living room, would turn out to be a show that -- on the basis of its pilot, at least -- I would not ever care to watch again.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review