Ten Days In The Valley verses The Disappearance

So, I finally sat down to watch the new Kyra Sedgwick show, Ten Days In The Valley, last night. I’d taped it Sunday evening along with another show, The Disappearance.

Both series are, ostensibly, about children being kidnapped. But, of course, each show is so much more than that. They’re about human nature, the depths people plunge too, dysfunctional family dynamics, trust and betrayal, and a whole gamut of emotions.

I have been eagerly looking forward too and so, chose to watch Ten Days In The Valley first, thinking this Kyra Sedgwick produced limited series would be the better of the two shows. I was a little uncertain of what to expect of the Canadian show as, all I knew about it was, it stars Peter Coyote; an actor who I’ve come to trust.

Oh, my!

How different can two shows be. It was like watching night followed by day. Ten Days In The Valley being disturbingly dark even brutal in places. While The Disappearance offered a softer, lighter, more deft touch to the subject matter.

It’s obvious from the get go that Ten Days isn’t simply about an abduction of a child by her father, but so much more. There are hidden dynamics between the characters, including, it seems, even the nanny and Jane’s personal assistant. Everyone involved not only has a hidden agenda, but dark secrets. All of which, I am sure, are going to be explored and exposed as the series goes on.

But, here’s the thing, after watching the darkness that was Sedgwick stumbling around as the overworked (and drug-fuelled) Jane Sadler, it was a breath of fresh air to watch The Disappearance. While Ten Days is screeching hip-hop pounding music and visuals that make you blink in shock, The Disappearance is the complete opposite.

And, you know what? I loved The Disappearance! It was thoughtful, moving, heartbreaking, with wonderful, nuanced performances from the entire cast. Beautifully scored, with the music almost another character, setting mood and emotional content.

The Disappearance is definitely going to be a great psychological thriller, while Peter Coyote’s character, Henry Sullivan, figures out what’s happened to his beloved grandson, Anthony. Smart, clever writing, and all around great storytelling.

Meanwhile, I doubt I’ll bother to tape and watch episode two of Ten Days In The Valley. I’m just not interested in this kind of exploration of the darkness in people’s souls.