The story of a television producer whose daughter mysteriously disappears in the middle of a stormy night, Ten Days In The Valley is a surprisingly captivating thriller that grabs hold of you and never lets go.
I won’t divulge any further details about the show’s narrative, but suffice to say, this opener is stunningly executed. Kyra Sedgwick is absolutely glorious as Jane Sadler our protagonist. She’s the complicated mother at the center of the story, and she manages to unleash a world of layers in the span of one episode. She’s loving and compassionate, but she’s also one giant mess who’s supremely self destructive. She’s certainly not your typical hero, and that makes for the very best kind of television (Think Walter White or Don Draper). As the detective tasked with handling her case, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is also terrific. The man’s got a hell of a lot of screen presence, and I look forward to seeing his dynamic with Jane further evolve.
It’s also worth noting that the most unique angle about the show is the fact that Jane is the lead writer and showrunner on a cop drama. Her work and her family life begin to collide in the pilot, and it’s fascinating to see unfold. If handled properly, the writers can certainly have a lot of fun with this one, particularly since Jane is so immersed in her fictional show’s world. It definitely starts making you question what’s real and what isn’t.
A highly engrossing debut that’s packed with tension and mystery.