Based on the 2012 Turkish series Suskunlar, NBC’s Game Of Silence is a taut and ultimately satisfying thriller series that is all about payback and the cost it brings. Debuting as a preview April 12 after The Voice before moving to its regular slot April 14, the 10-episode first season from Sony TV and Universal TV is, as I say in my video review above, part Fight Club, part Sleepers and part just good old-fashioned network storytelling.
Adapted for a Stateside audience by Friday Night Lights executive producer David Hudgins and CSI’s Carol Mendelsohn and ordered to pilot in January of last year, Game Of Silence details the tale and trauma of five friends as their horrific past comes alive. In many ways, the one-hour drama is best summed up by a line from one of the main characters: “There are lies we tell to make ourselves feel better.”
And there are a lot of lies in this tale of childhood abuse, reinvention, the prison industrial complex, class and hierarchy, frayed friendships and loves, and political corruption – which is part of what gives Game Of Silence a loud integrity and is why it deserves a solid audience in today’s fractured landscape. While there are some large plot loopholes in the American version — which producers say will see a conclusion to its initial story by its end — Hudgins was smart to see the U.S. potential in Suskunlar.
After serving a nine-month stint in a hellish juvenile detention center for a stupid prank, four friends find themselves drawn back into that darkness by a chance meeting. Upwardly mobile Houston lawyer Jackson Brooks, played with steady nerve by Revolution’s David Lyons, seemingly reluctantly joins up with paycheck-to-paycheck old pals Gil and Shawn. The duo, played by Once Upon A Time‘s Michael Raymond-James and Rescue Me’s Larenz Tate, encourage Brooks to help them strike back at those who did them so wrong so long ago and avenge a loss. Make It Or Break It alum Bre Blair also stars as the love from Lyons character’s past who united the boys and has secrets of her own with each of them.
In short, Game Of Silence has almost all the elements to capture and keep your attention – so give it some. Click on my video review above and tell us what you think. Will you be watching next week?