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.
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! 🙂