I'll cut right to the chase. I didn't like this show. At all. And, I'm kind of disappointed because I actually thought that I might. I had previously enjoyed at least one episode of the short-lived SyFy series Chase (where people were on the run from hunters, and the longer they lasted, the more cash they racked up) and The Phone (where two teams got cell phone calls and had to race for a prize), but I barely made it through the premiere of Take the Money and Run, despite having seen a hunk of it during The Bachelorette. Even in installments, it's pretty terrible.
The concept is simple: two people are given a briefcase worth $100K, a car with GPS and a phone, and then they are given an hour to bury it before "police" come and take them into custody. Then two detectives are given their GPS route and a phone log and set out to find the hidden money. If the detectives don't find it in 48 hours, the two locked-up contestants get the cash, but if the cops do find it, they keep it.
Sounds fine so far, but then there are two other people who are interrogators (who seem to just be a part of the show) trying to break the contestants and then feed the intel to the detectives. That seems less than fair. And in the first episode, one of the players basically gave up the location because he couldn't handle a few more hours of being in solitary confinement or being asked annoying questions, so that kind of sucked. Players trying to keep secrets on that horrible Unan1mous show were able to hold out longer in more off-putting circumstances. Hell, people on Big Brother can keep secrets for longer.
And if the detectives aren't actually doing the interrogations (like TV has led me to believe is their job), they why are they getting all the money? Plus, watching real people drive around and talk to accomplices is about as boring as watching paint dry. I've been spoiled by scripted procedurals in which a whole lot more gets accomplished in two days in a hell of a more compelling manner.
Normally, since it is summer, I'd give this show another week and hope it was just a case of bad casting or something, but there's a lot of surprisingly good television on right now, so I don't think I'll waste any more time with a supposedly exciting chase/heist show that makes me fall asleep.
Why does this show's title remind us of a cheesy '80s breakup song? Vlogger Sean Crespo investigates in this video:
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