Midseason TV has officially arrived and with that means new shows to watch and judge. NBC is currently is fourth place and not necessarily known for being the most popular network, but the peacock has taken a giant risk with their new show “Awake.”
And if people can get on board with the crazy concept, they may just have a genuine hit on their hands.
We’ve already shown you the first seven minutes of the pilot; now it’s time to watch the whole show.
The show stars “Harry Potter” actor Jason Isaacs as Peter Britten, a Los Angeles cop who has a terrible car accident one night with his wife and son in the car with him.
Here’s where the premise starts to get a little crazy.
After the accident, Britten starts to experience two timelines. In one timeline, his wife (Laura Allen) has survived the crash while his son (Dylan Minette) has not. He has a partner (Wilmer Valderama) and he still solves cases while also going to a therapist (BD Wong).
But when he goes to sleep, Britten wakes up in another timeline where his son has survived while the wife has not. He has a different partner (Steve Harris) and a different shrink (Cherry Jones). Every time Britten wakes up, he’s in a new timeline, and he differentiates the two with rubber bands that he wears on his wrists: red for life with his wife and green for his son.
While the plot is a bit of a head-scratcher, the pilot episode never lets viewers get too confused. The transitions between the two worlds are pretty clear—they each come with their own camera tint.
The characters are also incredibly intriguing. Isaacs captivates from the start, allowing viewers to empathise with him while Allen and Minette are heartbreaking as the wife and son who mourn for each other in different ways. The therapists in both worlds tell Britten he’s hallucinating and must accept one world to be real.
But Britten is so glad he can have his wife and son without dealing with the tragedy of losing one that he is willing to sacrifice his own sanity rather than having to choose between them.
And you won’t want him to choose.
According to The Wrap, viewers should stick with the difficult premise. Apparently there are some pretty fantastic twists and turns coming that will be well worth any frustration from the pilot.
Are you willing to give the high-concept show a chance? Check out the pilot tonight at 10/9c.
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