My very first assignment for ScreenSpy was Motive, the freshman season of a Vancouver-based WHY-DONE-IT crime procedural that quickly established itself as Canada’s number one breakout hit before being introduced to american audiences in May 2013.
Motive’s hook? Their unique twist of focusing not on who did the crime, but why the crime was committed in the first place: in other words, Motive.
It was a delight to cover the thirteen episode season executive-produced by Daniel Cerone (Mentalist, Dexter, Charmed) and starring Kristin Lehman (Judging Amy, The Killing) as Detective Angelika Flynn and Louis Ferreira (SGU Stargate Universe, Missing) as Detective Oscar Vega.
Paired with Flynn and Vega are costars Lauren Holly (NCIS, Chicago Hope) as Dr. Betty Rogers and Brendan Penny (True Heroines, Supernatural) as Detective Brian Lucas.
Click on the listing below to read each review:
S1, Eps 12 & 13:
Finale Double Feature Review: Mothers, Lock Up Your Babies & DOn’t Drink the Water
S1, Ep 11: Review: Murderous Counterpunch in ‘Brute Force’
S1, Ep 10: ‘Fallen Angel’ Review: Gone to the Dogs
S1, Ep 9: Review: The Child Becomes the Parent in ‘Framed’
S1, Ep 8: Review: ‘Undertow’, Or Is It, UnderTrope?
S1, Ep 7: ‘Out of the Past’ Review: An Abhorrent Gift That Keeps On Giving
S1, Ep 6: ABC Motive’s ‘Detour’ Review: Addiction as Motivator for Bad Behavior
S1, Ep 5: Motive ‘Public Enemy’ Review: Retribution Without Redemption
S1, Ep 4: ‘Against All Odds’ Review: The Odds Don’t Always Favor Motherhood
S1, Ep 3: Motive Addresses a Parent’s Worst Nightmare in ‘Crimes of Passion’
S1, Ep 2: A patsy, a Femme Fatale & a Hustler Walk into a bar: ‘Pushover’ Review
S1, Ep 1: Creeping Tom Review: “Motive” Skews the Cop Procedural with a Whydunnit Twist