The Finder is one of those series focused on One Person With Special Abilities And Quirks, and The Team Around Them. These can be very good, like House in its glory days, or simply entertaining, as The Mentalist sometimes becomes. The Finder specializes in finding things, his talent is being able to get a sense of the details of the situation that must’ve occurred to reach the situation he sees. His team’s special ability is to spend their lives explaining their backstory to anyone who happens by.
Okay, okay, it was a pilot episode, and yes, it needed to introduce the characters. But that means establishing who they are… if you have a series, you have plenty of time to reveal why.
There was something about the pilot, with a desperate man showing up needing his father found, with travel to distant places, with the structure of his crew around him (and not just with his main business handler being a large black man – in this case, Michael Clark Duncan – although that’s certainly part of it) that made it feel like it wated to be Human Target… which is silly, considering HT‘s short run. If somehow that is their goal, it fails. This felt awkward, pointlessly self-important, and not particularly convincing or entertaining.