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16 February 2012 @ 12:10 pm
AWAKE is online already!  
nbc.com, apparently realizing that they're gonna need all the help they can get, has already put the pilot episode for Awake up on their website and Hulu and such.

If you don't know about it (and really, unless you followed pilot season last year you probably don't) is about a detective (Jason Isaacs) who after a car accident finds himself living parallel lives: one in which his son died, and one in which his wife died. This change also extends to having different partners on the force and different cases, but the two worlds also sort of bleed through to each other. BD Wong and Cherry Jones play his shrinks in each world and, at least in the first ep, those three act the hell out of this show. Dylan Minnette (formerly Jack's kid on LOST in the sideways-verse) is the son (so at least he has experience playing characters who may or may not exist. lol)

It's somewhat procedural (because NBC isn't totally stupid), but it's also somewhat genre in the way that non-gimmicky genre should be - it's not flashy, but uses the premise as a tool to get at the more human story. It's also very dependent on talking and script - so I'm sure some will find it dull. and I'm sure some will mock it for the "manpain" but personally I have no problem with the exploration of grief and what we do after loss (and Jason Isaacs is really good). It's not over-the-top angst.

It reminds me a bit of "Case Histories" the short run UK series that ran here last year with Jason Isaacs and "In Treatment", the Gabriel Byrne series on HBO about a psychiatrist and his various patients. So yeah, it's quiet and thoughtful -- weirdly golden and pumped up CSI:Miami this is not. I have no clue what it's doing on network except as a way for NBC to say "hey look we can have a quality drama too!" before they cancel it, but I hope it does well enough we get at least the first run of episodes. tv
Galactic Cupcakelostinapapercup on February 17th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
so at least he has experience playing characters who may or may not exist.

ahaha. This actually sounds pretty interesting, though.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on February 17th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
It's pretty cool and I thought it was really well done. You should check it out when you can! *nods*
selmak on March 3rd, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
thanks for letting me know about this. I missed the show on Thursday so I was able to download it off Itunes. I was pleasantly surprised... :)