We are introduced to the story through the experience of Janet, a single mother who's kidnapped from the playground where she took her 5 year-old daughter to play. She wakes up in a hotel room, trapped there by a door she can't unlock. Then a man named Jake breaks open her door, and when she asks him how he escaped his hotel room, he shows her the key to her own door taped inside the hotel room's Bible.
A key in a Bible--that's a pretty hefty two-by-four like symbol, heh. The question is, however, is it simply a prop or is it the beginning of a meaningful thread to be developed?
Over the last few years, there have been several stories that posit that we live our lives in a larger context, even that (as Doc Jensen put it regarding Lost) "our lives play out in a fundamentally spiritual reality." Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and (to some extent) Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Justified are recent examples of stories that take this possibility seriously.
I'm not sure about Persons Unknown, however. Because the pilot had such deep flaws in its writing, the Bible-holding-a-key comes across as a clunky prop tossed in as an attempt to add depth to an otherwise plot-driven story. There wasn't much else in the pilot to suggest any spiritual themes or aspects, which is perhaps why it feels so much like a prop or plot device.
On the other hand, this is only the first episode; perhaps I should give it a chance.
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