Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Forgotten: Parachute Jane

The episode introduces the concept of "PK's" or Parachute Kids-children of Asian parents who send their teen children to America for education and who pay a guardian here to watch over them.

"Parachute Jane" in this episode does not like being on her own, doesn't fit in at school, and she wants to go home. Because of a variety of factors and influences, this gets her killed. Suspects were many: a 25 year old boyfriend who didn't know she was only 15, her own brother, her brother's girlfriend, 19 other PK's at her school whose largely unsupervised status might be exposed, and her guardian who seemed concerned about her but let her live alone in an apartment.

The Forgotten Network got this case just a few days after the victim's death, so the cases can be fresh, and not always involving a colder trail of evidence.

The characters are hitting their strides, especially Christian Slater's "Alex Donovan" and Rochelle Aytes "Grace Russell" who have an increasingly good onscreen rapport. Only Tyler Davies (the Artist) and Candace Butler (Michelle Borth) really don't have much personality so far.

Further Reading

Here's a nice TV Guide interview with Christian Slater: Christian Slater talks to TV Guide about the Show

The Official Site on ABC

A Forgotten Wiki

Real Forgotten Networks

The volunteer crime solving/body identifying networks do exist:

Project EDAN (Everyone Deserves A Name) "This site was developed for The Forensic Artists of "Project EDAN". The Artists donate their work to make facial reconstructions for Law Enforcement Agencies that do not have access to, or funding for a qualified Forensic Artist."

The Lost and Found Global Resource Center "Murdered, Missing & Unidentified Global Resource Center...was evolved to provide new and highlight existing important programs and services, in the volunteer sector, to assist Law Enforcement Agencies in the identification process of the deceased as well as the location of the missing.
Our Main Goal is to provide new and present many available resources in support of already existing organizations in the volunteer sector. As well as assisting in the establishment of new state / local / volunteer unidentified remains and missing persons databases where they are needed."

The Outpost For Hope "Finding solutions for the missing, missing population...Since 1999, Outpost For Hope has helped families, law enforcement and other agencies locate hundreds of off the grid unreported missing persons.

The practical, effective, self-help tools and support provided by Outpost For Hope empower families and agencies to navigate through the often-hidden segments of marginalized existence in our society, where our loved ones can drop so far out of the main stream that they become hidden among us. Outpost for Hope is a web based 501 c (3) grassroots nonprofit organization run by a couple of volunteers determined to make a difference, serving the national community and sometimes beyond U.S. borders."

The DOE Network "The Doe Network is a volunteer organization devoted to assisting Law Enforcement in solving cold cases concerning Unexplained Disappearances and Unidentified Victims from North America, Australia and Europe. It is our mission to give the nameless back their names and return the missing to their families. We hope to accomplish this mission in three ways; by giving the cases exposure on our website, by having our volunteers search for clues on these cases as well as making possible matches between missing and unidentified persons and lastly through attempting to get media exposure for these cases that need and deserve it."

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