Top 5 reasons why I watch The Missing

The Miss­ing is one of the most com­pelling British TV dra­ma series. The mys­tery thriller has two sea­sons so far, both with Tchéky Karyo as its lead actor. Karyo plays the role of Julien Bap­tiste, the bril­liant soft-spo­ken French detec­tive who despite hav­ing a phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty and health prob­lems man­ages to get to the bot­tom of com­pli­cat­ed crimes.

Although both series have received pos­i­tive reviews for the per­for­mance of the cast and sto­ry­telling, I must admit that these aren’t the aspects of  The Miss­ing that have drawn me to binge-watch.


The Missing Season 2 from BBC One

Pho­to cred­its: The Miss­ing Sea­son 2 from BBC One website

Reason#1: The plot is far-fetched… It’s cool!

Some­times, the plot seems too con­trived that I can’t help but be impressed at the vast imag­i­na­tion of the cre­ators and scriptwrit­ers. The plot is like an unsolv­able maths equa­tion that your teacher has an answer to but has no clear step-by-step solu­tion. Nev­er­the­less, I embrace the twists and turns and antic­i­pate the reward­ing ending.

Reason#2: I get free previews of picturesque places in Europe.

I’ve seen the non-touristy stun­ning parts of France, the UK, Switzer­land, Bel­gium and Ger­many cour­tesy of this TV dra­ma. The film­ing loca­tions were in charm­ing towns with an abun­dance of nature, which I would love to vis­it one day.

Reason#3: The title music keeps playing in my head.

Come Home’ is per­formed by Bel­gian alter­na­tive pop band, Ama­tors­ki. Its lyrics are sim­ple, and the music is haunt­ing. The open­ing cred­its song fol­lows me when­ev­er and wher­ev­er I am — on the tram, while work­ing, when I’m out with friends, while eat­ing, or hav­ing a show­er. Lis­ten to it and you’ll know what I mean.

Reason#4: Julien Baptiste’s lifestyle is enviable.

I would like to have Baptiste’s lifestyle. He’s such a sought-after detec­tive that he’s called upon to take on con­tro­ver­sial cas­es. In con­trast, when not pur­su­ing lost peo­ple and assur­ing crest­fall­en fam­i­lies, he lives in his beau­ti­ful house in France with his wife and busies him­self with beekeeping.

Reason#5: You’ll only find out ‘who did it’ in the last episode.

Both sea­sons 1 and 2 intro­duced char­ac­ters who had enough motive to take the miss­ing chil­dren, Oliv­er and Sophie. Each episode lured its view­ers into believ­ing a par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter did it but quick­ly over­rode them with the next episode’s clues.

I delib­er­ate­ly did not include details about the two sea­sons of The Miss­ing as I hate to be a spoil­er. I, how­ev­er, hope that this post would make you want to check out this big BBC TV dra­ma hit and be hooked your­self. Hap­py viewing! 🙂