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by evelyn teo
Poppy Montgomery plays Carrie in 'Unforgettable', a woman with perfect memory and she uses it to her ability to solve crime cases.
What if you could remember every detail of all the best moments in your life?
EVER wish you could remember every detail of all the best moments of your life? What if that gift of total recall meant both the good and bad memories stay with you your whole life? Will it still be an attractive idea?
As it turns out, there is such a rare condition and only a handful of people in the world have been diagnosed with it. And it is this very unique ability that the protagonist of TV drama Unforgettable, Carrie Wells (played by Poppy Montgomery), is blessed with.
She can think back to any single moment and remember absolutely everything she saw.
The term for it is Hyperthymesia and it is defined as a condition in which an individual possesses a superior autobiographical memory.
The Ed Redlich-John Bellucci created series, Unforgettable, was inspired by a short story titled The Rememberer, which is about an FBI agent who remembers everything that has ever happened to her.
Such a rare memory condition is a handy tool for investigating crimes for sure.
Carrie, a former police detective who rejoins law enforcement when her ex-boyfriend – also a cop and her ex-partner – needs her help on a case, has no problem recalling a crime scene to mentally walk through it in the hopes of discovering a clue she might have missed earlier.
Crime scenes are filed away in her mind, ready for retrieval by Carrie. Criminals don’t stand a chance, don’t you think?
Watching her recall something in her mind’s eye – in slow motion no less as she meticulously looks over the scene of the crime for the benefit of the viewers – is remarkable.
But despite her impressive memory skill, there is one day in Carrie’s life that she cannot remember in full – the day her sister Rachel died. Carrie was a child at the time. She can only remember bits and pieces of what happened to her older sister.
Years later, the case is still unsolved but slowly, Carrie is starting to recollect certain details from that fateful day. It’s a case that continues to haunt her throughout the first season of the show.
Like Carrie, the ex-boyfriend who roped her back into the police force, Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), harbors the hope that one day they will crack Rachel’s case.
From the outset, it’s clear that Carrie and Al have unfinished business between them – unresolved feelings. There is no denying that even several years apart, they still care for each other.
Rounding out the Unforgettable team of crime fighters is wisecracking detective Roe Sanders (Kevin Rankin) and sassy detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya) plus eccentric chief medical examiner Dr. Joanne Webster (Jane Curtin).
Montgomery is irresistible as the redhead “memory cop” with a bit of a rebellious streak (you don’t want to play cards with Carrie – you’ll lose!) and Walsh holds his own as the higher-ranking detective. It’s hard not to root for these two – whether they are working a case or dealing with their own personal turmoil.
Actress Marilu Henner, who is one of the few individuals diagnosed with this perfect memory condition and serves as consultant on the show, guest-starred on the show as Carrie’s aunt, a woman suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease not unlike Carrie’s mum.
Although it drew 12 million sets of eyeballs in its first year and was nominated for favourite new TV drama at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, Unforgettable was unceremoniously cancelled after 22 episodes.
But in a rare reversal of fortune in TV land, the CBS network decided to bring the show back for another season this year, for a total of 13 episodes.
Season Two sees Carrie and Al transplanted from the Queens precinct in New York to the island of Manhattan, specifically the Major Crimes section, and outfitted with state-of-the-art tools, new teammates and a new boss. And yes, you guessed it; the stakes are higher as the cases are bigger and more dangerous.
At the rate Carrie and Al were closing cases with that rare ability of hers, it only made sense they would move on up in the crime-solving world.
> Don’t forget to catch Season One of Unforgettable every Monday at 9pm on Lifetime (Astro Ch 709).
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