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Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Taken Season 3?

Posted by Jamie on May 14, 2019

At first glance, Taken seems a lame attempt at cashing in on the Liam Neeson movies of the same name. Yet once you watch an episode or two, you realize that the prequel as this TV show is could be pretty good. Now NBC has canned it, will Netflix pick up Taken?

I hope so but I doubt Netflix will pick it up. It didn’t review well and didn’t get the numbers of viewers that made it a viable option for NBC so I’m not sure it has the appeal or following of some of the other canceled shows Netflix has picked up in the past.

Taken the TV show

Taken is set before the movies and follows former Green Beret and CIA agent Bryan Mills as he learns his new trade and has to deal with some tragedy. The TV show ran for two seasons of 10 episodes each before being axed by NBC last year.

The original showrunner, Alexander Cary left after season 1 and new guy Greg Plageman had different ideas he wanted to explore in season 2. This led to Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and James Landry Hébertwill all leaving the show. Even though the director of the Taken movies, Luc Besson stayed on as executive producer, it wasn’t enough to save the show.

Taken stars Clive Standen as Bryan Mills, Jennifer Beals as Christina Hart, Gaius Charles as John, Monique Gabriela Cumen as Vlasik and James Landry Hébert as Hebert. The cast is probably the highlight of this TV series. Each character is well cast and very capable. The chemistry between the main protagonists is realistic and they all seem to gel well on screen. It’s a shame that they fragmented for season 2 as I think it would have been much better received than it was had the original cast remained.

Taken season 1

Taken season 1 is the origin story of Bryan Mills where we see the ex-Green Beret begin his CIA career and watches his sister get killed in a terrorist attack. The attack was revenge from Carlos Mejia, a Mexican drug lord whom Mills had operated against in his army days and somehow he was able to be traced and his sister attacked and killed. The rest of the season follows Mills as he trains and gains new skills and goes after Mejia.

The rest of the season develops as Mills gradually climbs the ladder to Mejia while working for the CIA, shooting bad guys and saving the world.

Season 1 is a formulaic journey that we have all seen before. Clive Standen is a credible actor but doesn’t have the presence of Liam Neeson or the acting ability.

Taken season 2

Taken season 2 develops Mills’ character more by placing him in a Mexican prison. He promptly escapes but is involved in a plane crash with a murder witness played by Alexander Draper. They have to survive the elements and hunters to get home. Then the series turns into standard CIA vs terrorists faire with Mills hunting various bad guys for various reasons to make America safer.

Even though the original story has evolved into a procedural, the acting and screenwriting is good enough to carry you through. The change in direction from season 1 is a little disappointing but there is only so much origin story you can tell over 20 episodes. As long as you don’t think you’re getting sophisticated storytelling or amazing acting, you won’t be disappointed with Taken. Homeland this is not.

Will Netflix continue Taken?

Will Netflix continue Taken? I don’t think so. Whenever Netflix has picked up a previously canceled TV show, that show has had a cult following or some appeal that makes it worth investing in. Taken has nothing original, no hook that will attract new viewers and no unique feature that sets it apart from other TV shows just like it.

We have all see TV shows on the war on terror and while it works well, it has limited appeal both domestically and internationally. Outside the US, the CIA doesn’t have a great reputation and global audiences are a little jaded at yet another American saving the world.

Setting the TV show as a prequel and the cast were the saving grace of Taken. The movies were excellent and the character played by Neeson was believable. Origin stories always work well, nearly always anyway. Poor reviews, low Rotten Tomatoes scores and mediocre Metacritic scores didn’t do the series any favors either.

Did you watch the Taken TV show? Like it? Hated it? Tell us your thoughts below!

30 thoughts on “Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Taken Season 3?”

Scott Lomas says:
I think it’s a great show, I’ve watched both seasons twice, love the actors, content, waiting for season 3.
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Marky Mark says:
I too found this after season 2 ended initially I just thought it was a spin off from the films, the prequel concept is really good and I think it has more to offer up to him having a daughter
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Alphalop says:
I agree!

I didn’t watch it until I was cleaning one day and wanted something for background noise that I didn’t care about missing any of.

Half way through the first episode the binge watching began and I didn’t get nearly as much done as I intended…

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Bessamy says:
Loved Taken! Awesome show! I hope Netflix picks it up and keeps it going! It’s like a mini movie every episode! I would definitely watch it! Please Netflix, take the hint! Renew this awesome show!
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Arleatha says:
Loved it. Please do Season 3.
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Sam says:
Love it, hope we get more!

Also, to sites like this that review and probe the audiences to find out if a show is worth keeping in the air: it’d be awesome if you added little polls that we dont have to register and sign in for to answer, at the end of your articles. Something simple like… “Do you like the show, want it to stay/return? Yes _ / No _”.
I understand that you all want subscribers to register and sign in, but nobody wants to have to sign in to 300 websites to show a little appreciation for the shows they love. More than 3/4 of the people who read these articles would love to contribute something but dont, because of how tedious and annoying it is to have to register every single time you want to add a comment on a site. Hope someone listens and improves!

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Erma Jo says:
Hello All: Perhaps if each of you send a letter to Netflix asking that they add more seasons as I did they might consider continuing this series. That would be great.
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Conn says:
This is an amazing show, just marketed poorly while on TV. Each episode is like a little movie. So as long as Borne Identity and Mission Impossible movies are successful, then this show has a very large target audience.

Netflix- I can only hope that you see the great potential; a ton more potential than a some of Netflix’s poorly produced programs. Put your money into something that has an audience.

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Denise McNeiley says:
Love this show!
Come on Netflix! Don’t leave us hanging! Renew Season 3!!!
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Sharon says:
Loved this show! Please renew it, someone
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Teresa says:
I agree they should pick it up! I wish they did!
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LILLY says:
Didn’t enjoy season 1 as much as I’m enjoying season 2, of which I’m half way thru. This smaller team, so far, has the chemistry lacking in S1. Liking the shorter stories too. I’d watch S3, if it comes available.
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Sandra says:
I just got finished looking at season 2 I love the show hope that Netflix keeps it going.We here to see what happens when Christine gets out the hospital.PLEASE don’t end the show
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Tom says:
I watched both seasons in a day come out with season 3 please like how can u say that’s an ending when there’s more to figure out what happens next is if bryan will find out where the old guy in the car is and to figure out is it really the end
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Dave says:
Great show. Let’s cancel Netflix subscription if they don’t pick it up. Customer revolt.
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Edward says:
I love taken I found it on Netflix and started watching it I am upset that there’s no season 3456 it could be amazing and do good
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Alberto Ferreira says:
Great show, i hope it can continue!
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Laura B says:
Love the show. Very didisappointed that it’s been cancelled. We have been watching Season 1 and 2 repeteadly. I hope Netflix picks it up for season 3, 4, 5 and on.
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gina says:
Love Taken, hope season 3 is picked up by Netflix. I watched season 1 in 3 days, into season 2. Love the characters and storyline
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Mimi says:
I loved taken I hope they come out with a season 3. I watched both seasons in 2 days it was awesome series.
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Erma says:
I just mailed a letter off to Netflix. Perhaps if enough people send a letter to them they might consider a few more seasons. Hopefully anyway.
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Jay says:
Love show- hope someone picks it up for another season
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Mike says:
I just got through with the 2nd Taken season. I really liked it and wish that someone would pick it up for season 3. And 4, etc. Exciting and tense stories. The multi-part motivate you to watch multi-episodes in one evening. Hard to put it down. I like the writing, the cast. Too many shows get canceled when they seem to be on a roll. This is one of them.
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Cheryl says:
I just found Taken on Netflix and I loved it. I finished watching both seasons and started looking for season 3. That is when I found in my searches the show had been cancelled. So disappointed! I hate that we were left hanging with Heart (Jennifer Beals) in a coma. I was so ready to see what was coming in season 3. Maybe our comments here can stir Netflix to go for it and pick the show back up. Fingers crossed. I need to see whats next.
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Edward says:
Really liked Taken with a Jennifer Beal’s – she had a unique character not seen in other CIA
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geo255 says:
Just finished binge watching it on Amazon. Love it. Really hoping that someone picks it up for season 3.
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Erma says:
I agree! Does anyone have a way to let Neflx know how much we love the show. I have binge watched 2 times. I will watch it again. Same characters as season 2 I hope Perhaps it was a mistake to advertise it as Taken. It is really a stand along show.
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Erma says:
I received this from NETFLIX Dear Erma,
Thank you for taking the time to write to us. Please know that we have forwarded your feedback regarding the series “Taken” to the appropriate department for further review.
Jason Adams says:
I’m just finding this show after it got on Netflix and I love it! Hope Netflix picks it up for future seasons.
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Brenda Gibson says:
I love this show so said it was canceled
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Teresa Catroppo says:
That’s how I found about the show! Well saw it on Jennifer Beals bio! I wish that Netflix picks it up! I hate when they cancel the show on a cliffhanger it ruins it!
Jennifer Holmes says:
Love Taken! I’m so upset NBC is cancelling it after two seasons. I’m really hoping that Netflix decides to pick up season 3. It’s an awesome show and ended so abruptly. Absolutely love the cast and the plot!
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Svetlana says:
Excellent show, very intertaining. Great acting…was very disappointed there will be no more seasons.
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Diane Grosser says:
I love watching this show. It is the only reason, right now, that I have continued getting Netflix. Please keep this show. I love all the action and the cast
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Tina Garrison says:
I like it. I hope Netflix does bring season 3
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ERMA says:
I did not see the TV show but I am watching it on Netflix and I truly really like it. I will be very disappointed if a Season 3 is not picked up. I like the characters and their stories and each episode is well done!
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Julia Benton says:
My husband and I loved binge watching this show. It’s always a disappointment to play the final episode and realize that there aren’t anymore. Please continue this one.
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