Tracker Review: Justin Hartley Leads Formulaic But Entertaining Road Drama

The new drama series features a unique hero who helps solve mysteries and find people in his own manner. The first episode of Tracker is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Critic's Ratings

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2.5

Drama,Mystery

Release Date

Feb 12, 2024
Tracker Review Justin Hartley Leads Formulaic But Entertaining Road Drama
Tracker Review: Justin Hartley Leads Formulaic But Entertaining Road Drama

About Tracker

This is Us star Justin Hartley headlines his own drama procedural with Tracker. The show premiered right after the 2024 Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, benefiting from a built-in audience. Developed by Ben H Winters, the first episode which is out from February 12 on Disney+ Hostar, set up Hartley's Colter Shaw as a gifted tracker. A new episode will be out every Monday at 12:30 pm on the streaming platform.

Tracker: Plot

Shaw refers to himself as a 'rewardist', meaning he only takes up cases in which there is a sizeable reward for himself. Despite the mercenary nature of his assignment, Colter is quite dedicated to his task. He does his utmost to help the families of those in need. In this premiere episode, he tracks down a missing teen who might have been abducted by his birth father. As Tracker introduces Hartley's character, it also sets up the backstory of his own late father and how he influenced Colter on the path he is on now.

Tracker: Writing and Direction

Tracker, written by Winters and directed by Ken Olin, is aimed at a television audience. These stories will unfold weekly; therefore, Tracker can afford to slow down the pace and lay the groundwork for a larger mystery that can likely be solved by the season finale.
However, much of the dialogue is expository. The characters wouldn't normally talk in this fashion but as this is our introduction to the world, such perfunctory additions are necessary. The episode titles are places he visits as the lead character lives on the road in a camper.

Tracker: PerformancesApart from its star, Tracker doesn't feature standout supporting artistes yet. After breaking out on the heart-wrenching family drama, This is Us, Hartley is leading this vehicle solo. However, while it's interesting to see how the quick-thinking Colter can save the day by being two steps ahead at every turn, Tracker will need better supporting cast and/or guest stars to match its star. The reason Hartley's previous show was such a hit was because audiences resonated with the ensemble cast and their deep connections to one another.

Tracker: Critique

Overall, Tracker is pretty generic but enjoyable drama about a man who can hunt down anyone, or anything. In the opening episode, Hartley enforces his rule that he's in it for the money, but at the same time, he will go above and beyond the assignment to make sure it is done right. If the show adds some compelling mysteries-of-the-week and more interesting characters, Tracker has potential to grow.
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