This week saw the start of a new series, Awake, which has a bit of an odd concept and isn’t a completely formulaic procedural. It also sees the welcome return of Laura Allen (4400, Terriers), and also stars Jason Isaacs (Hello to Jason Isaacs!), and Dylan Minnette (Saving Grace).
The concept is relatively simple… Family is involved in a car crash, but for some reason the father experiences two realities; one, where his wife died and one where his son died in the accident. But which is real and which one a dream? It isn’t the most original of concepts, which has elements of several other shows and films in it (Journeyman, Sliders, Quantum Leap, Inception, Fringe, Premonition), and has been done in individual episodes of many shows, but it could springboard into something unique, just like Fringe did from it’s early ‘X-Files esque’ roots.
The cast is filled with quality actors, from the main cast listed above to all the supporting cast: Laura Innes, BD Wong, Cherry Jones, Steve Harris… and even Wilmer Valderrama.
So far, the pilot has shown some promise and has some good ideas, which means it will definitely be worth following. With any luck they will find a good way of expanding the concept, as I can see it becoming very formulaic if imagination isn’t used in developing the possible explanations. It bodes well for the quality of the show that the creator, Kyle Killen was also the creator of ‘Lonestar’, but in Lonestar’s case it got cancelled far too soon; let’s hope that this time round he gets treated a little better!
As a random aside, the pilot was directed by David Slade, who also directed Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and ….*cough* the ‘Eat my Goal’ video…