NBC tried to tap into a particular set of skills with Taken—a TV series prequel to Liam Neeson's popular film franchise. With Neeson nowhere in the series, the network took a hit when it premiered the spy drama.
Clive Standen (Vikings) stars as a young Bryan Mills, giving audiences a perspective into the past of Neeson's hardened espionage agent, but as much as it positions itself as a prequel to the films, Taken is still a procedural falling more in line with dramas like The Blacklist and Blindspot, and it's struggled to live up to the kinetic pacing and compelling action of the movies that inspired it.
"What Taken actually proves to be as a series is just another NBC action drama in which a government team faces a different limited threat each week," said The Hollywood Reporter. "The enigmatic and tortured hero at the center of the show spends two minutes per episode getting to the root of his own individual psychosis, breaking bits and pieces of protocol along the way."
Poor reviews aside, Taken performed fairly well in its timeslot prompting NBC to order a Season 2. According to Deadline, only the Jennifer Beals and Standen will return for the next 16-episode run—which means some restructuring is definitely taking place.