Nuzhat Naoreen
September 21, 2011 AT 03:10 PM EDT

Take a strong female lead, throw in a love/hate relationship with her partner and a couple of good crime cases and you’ve got yourself the next hit series. Am I right? Well, maybe.

Last night, CBS debuted Unforgettable, a new procedural that has some key ingredients in common with the likes of Bones and Castle. Whether that turns out to be a good thing or not is up for debate (and we will debate!), but first let’s breakdown the premiere episode.

The series stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an ex-detective with a unique condition that allows her to remember every single day of her life, except for the one that really matters: the day her sister was murdered. In the pilot, Carrie, who quit the force because she was haunted by her sister’s death, is drawn back in after witnessing a murder in front of her apartment. While Carrie is initially hesitant to get involved, the detective on the case turns out to be her long-lost ex-partner/boyfriend (Dylan Walsh), and he convinces her that the details in her memory could help catch the killer. The two end up working together, and in the process, alternate between vitriol (it wasn’t a pretty breakup) and witty banter. It was all very Seeley/Brennan and Castle/Beckett, except maybe turned up a couple notches on the raciness scale and turned down some when it comes to chemistry (or at least I thought so).

Which, of course, brings me back to my original point. Since Unforgettable has some undeniable commonalities with Bones and Castle, will it share some of the fans as well?

Personally, I thought the pilot was pretty solid  (though, from a cursory glance, it seems like most reviewers would disagree), and while I wouldn’t go as far as to say this is the next Bones or Castle, I do think fans of both series should give it a shot. The highlight for me was Montgomery, who like Emily Deschanel or Stana Katic, has a knack for revealing her character’s deeper, more emotional side without dragging the audience down.

That being said, the show wasn’t without its hiccups. As I hinted, I’m not completely sold on the chemistry between Montgomery’s Carrie and Walsh’s Al. Don’t get me wrong, I really wanted to like them together and I’m sure the tension between their characters will build well throughout the season, but the sparks seemed more like a consequence of the narrative. Considering a huge part of what makes Bones and Castle so enjoyable is the chemistry between its lead characters, this could end up being difficult for the show to overcome.

What did you think of the Unforgettable premiere? Do you think it will appeal to Castle or Bones fans? Were you feeling the chemistry between the two lead characters? Let me know in the comments!

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