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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?

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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?”

Tracy says:
I really liked taken, actually, better than the over done movies. Hoping for season 3.
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Robert Allen says:
Loved Taken and have just finished season 2. Please bring back with season 3. Great show and hard not to binge watch.
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Angus Macaskill says:
Couldn’t get enough of it …season 3 please
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Nan Riekert says:
Absolutely loved it. Please do a season 3
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Shell says:
Please more seasons
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James Sly says:
Would love to see a season 3 – watched both seasons twice.
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Vivian Collins says:
Love Taken, please continue.
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Brent says:
Netflix should pick up Taken. I did not have the time to watch in its original showing. Now that I have caught up on Netflix, it is worth renewing.
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byron sessoms says:
Taken is a great show and should be renewed! Love it!
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Denise Baker says:
Liked it! I would like to see it continued!
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Noah says:
I Would love to see the TV show Taken to be continued as well!
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Regina says:
I loved this TV show. Please continue the series.
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Tami Kremer says:
We loved it! Hope to see another season, the plots are great and the actors do a fantastic job with terrific chemistry . One of our favorites!!!
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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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Sherri says:
TAKEN with Bryan Mills is AWESOME. We love this show and Would LOVE to see it continue. The plots are great and the cast is amazing. NETFLIX has a winner with this one if they will give it a chance and with NETFLIX viewers can watch when it is convenient for them unlike the major Networks. I will reach out via letter or email to NETFLIX in attempts to lick this show back up (with same cast) before it’s off too long. I hope others will do the same!
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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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