Terry Morrow: Here's a real mystery: 'Zero Hour' works despite flaws

Anthony Edwards makes the leap to action-adventure star in "Zero Hour," a conspiracy drama on ABC.

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Anthony Edwards makes the leap to action-adventure star in "Zero Hour," a conspiracy drama on ABC.

ABC certainly picked the right day to ask viewers to put their hearts on the line again.

That's never truer than with "Zero Hour" (debuting 8 p.m. Thursday, WATE, Channel 6), a fast-paced conspiracy drama starring Anthony Edwards.

The problem isn't with the series itself — it's actually better than I anticipated. The problem will be getting viewers to yet again invest in a continuing mystery.

Those sort of shows rarely succeed. "Lost" was an exception. Outside that, the TV graveyard is littered with dozens of failed mystery dramas, yanked off the air before the stories are done .

But on Valentine's Day, when the air is filled with possibilities, "Zero Hour" is at least taking a chance. For the here and now, it fits the bill for a grand adventure.

Anthony Edwards plays Hank Galliston, the editor and apparent owner of a magazine focusing on outlandish supernatural stories. When Hank's wife calls, frantic about a break-in, Hank immediately goes to her rare-clocks shop, and she's nowhere to be found.

A trail leads Hank and two of his reporters — and apparently they are his only reporters — to a global conspiracy that reached back thousands of years. The plot is so thick that it includes demon babies and 1930s-era Nazis.

Going in "Zero Hour's" favor is its fantastic pacing and intense pieces to its mysteries. Those work so well that "Zero Hour" is a thrill ride like no other.

There are many flaws. At 50, balding and gaunt, Edwards is a bit too old to be a believable action hero. Also, the logic is a bit of a stretch that he and his wife live in a very expensive New York City apartment given their not-so-lucrative careers. Such lapses abound.

Yet I liked it anyway.

Score: 3 out of 5

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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Comments » 1

radicalar writes:

It’s really a bummer that so many mystery shows get cancelled because they are usually my favorites. I hope that’s not the case with this show too, since I actually enjoyed what I saw with the trailer the other day in my office at DISH. I guess only time will tell how I like it, and I’ll just have to wait for the pilot to show up on my DVR. I do have it where my DISH Hopper auto-records all of the primetime shows on ABC each night, so luckily for me (and my bad memory) I don’t have to remember to set an individual recording timer for this by tomorrow.

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