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    #238898

    Here is an extended trailer and overview for NBC’s new drama series, “Awake.” The premise looks like it has long-range potential, and the trailer’s a strong one. I’d also like to see Jason Isaacs get the kind of Emmy attention that he’s sorely overdue for from “Brotherhood” if he’s worth it here.

    Premiere Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012 @ 10 PM ET on NBC

    Starring: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Michaela McManus, Cherry Jones, B.D. Wong, Bailey Chase

    Extended Trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AoSM4UzyX8

    Series Overview:

    Lots of people find themselves leading some kind of double life, but none quite like this.

    After Detective Michael Britten wakes up from a car accident with his wife and teenage son, he learns the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together, he wakes up a few days later to realize that his wife is very much alive, and his son died in the accident. Did he lose his wife or his son? Or neither of them?

    What if your life split in two in the face of a situation like this, and you could actually have everything you wanted, just not all at the same time? Michael goes back to work solving crimes while trying to put things back on a “normal” track, but alternating between realities provides some challengesone moment he and his wife are grappling with having another child to replace their loss, and the next moment he’s finding himself attracted to his son’s tennis coach to fill the void from the loss of his wife. At the same time, he is solving crimes in each world which sometimes overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways. Is he dreaming or going mad? Michael begins seeing two different therapists to help him sort things out, but then again why would he want either “reality” to go away when the totality of both means having his family complete?

    From groundbreaking writer Kyle Killen (“Lone Star”) and starring Jason Isaacs (“Brotherhood,” “Harry Potter”) comes a drama about the power of the mind, where the inception of life is a mystery and reality might just be overrated.

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    Denis
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    #238900

    I’m anxious about it, but seriously, if that’s another ”case of the week show” like Alcatraz Ima kill myself lol

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    sorcery
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    #238901

    Looking forward to it, but ambitious network pilots with good actors have short lifespans.

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    Renaton
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    Oh, for second there, when I aw this thread here, I thought the pilot had leaked, or that NBC had it on Hulu or something. I’m very much anxious about this one. I hope we can get at least one full season, because with the tricky subject and the time slot, we all know this won’t last very long. But I still want to watch it, badly.

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    Spenser Davis
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    For those worried about the future of this show, let’s remember its very short history: NBC gave Kyle Killen and his writing staff several extra months to finish episodes 7 through 13, providing the cast and crew with paid vacations. That’s a good sign, if you ask me. If NBC was willing to give the writers more time, rather than just pulling the plug, it means that the first six episodes that they had seen were good enough to ensure them this was a series worth investing in.

    I can’t say enough about how excited I am for this television show. I hope it is half as good as the word-of-mouth concerning the pilot episode makes it sound.

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    maggienp
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    #238904

    The first seven minutes of Awake is on-line. Most of it will be familiar to those who’ve seen the extended preview.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/awake-first-7-minutes_n_1274043.html?1329173922

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    sorcery
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    Hulu has the very fine pilot episode available as part of a “special preview.”

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    Spenser Davis
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    #238906

    Sorcery is my new best friend.

    Watching the episode now.

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    Spenser Davis
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    Awake
    Episode 1, “Pilot”

    I am going to try to enter this series as objectively as possible. When I saw the first promos for this show last Fall, I thought the concept was brilliant. It looked like a slick police procedural and an examination of grief and a little bit of a sci-fi thriller, all wrapped up together in a drama series featured on a broadcast network that, let’s be honest, hasn’t been doing so well in the drama department as of late. Aside from the extended promotional trailers, though, I really had nothing to base my assumptions on. All I could do is hope that the series was as good as the commercial made it look. If it was, the hurray for original ideas, and hurray for NBC for taking a chance on the show. If not, then it was another D.O.A. project for showrunner Kyle Killen, whose Lone Star last season was hailed as having one of the strongest pilots in years but that FOX couldn’t pull in enough people to watch.

    I’m please to announce that the pilot is just as good as I thought it would be. Thank God.

    Detective Michael Britton’s story is as follows: After a car accident that involved him, his wife Hannah, and his son Rex, Michael has been stuck in two alternating realities. In one reality, he and his wife survived the crash, and were forced to bury their son. But when Michael falls asleep and wakes up again, he’s in a second reality, where Hannah is dead and Rex is the one who survived alongside him. Add to this conundrum the ideas that Michael has a different partner in each reality, and a different therapist in each, and you have a concept that, if not handled delicately, could’ve crushed the pilot episode with psychological mumbo-jumbo. Instead, director David Slade balances each of these realities wonderfully, and the only times I ever lost track of which reality I was watching was when Slade wanted me to lose track.

    Interestingly, writer Killen decides to begin the pilot in medias res – we are dropped into Michael Britton’s world weeks, maybe months, after he has started experiencing these alternate realities. That’s a good choice, I think, and saves Killen a whole lot of time that would’ve been spend showing Michael (who is played fantastically by Jason Isaacs, by the way) confused by this new dual-reality enigma. I also thought that both police cases that Michael is working tied together nicely, even if neither of them were particularly groundbreaking. I’m actually looking forward to the episode when Michael expects the realities to tie together, gets ahead of himself, and possibly shoots the wrong man. Now that would be a dilemma.

    I know it sounds like I’m endlessly praising this pilot episode, but notice I did include a minus sign on my grade. Why? A few things. For starters, as much as I feel for Michael’s situation, the pilot never gave us much time to find out about Hannah and Rex. I have a strong feeling that, for the next few episodes, viewers (and a few people here) will still just refer to them as “the wife” and “the son.” And while I understand that this is a show about the griever and not the ones he’s lost necessarily, I do feel like seeing his loved ones as fleshed-out characters rather than “wife stand-in” and “son stand-in” would help. Also, there a few logistical questions I have. Like, how does the calendar work? If Michael is with Hannah on January 24th, and then falls asleep, does he wake up with Rex on January 25th, or is it still the 24th? If he is living the 24th twice, could someone he kills in the Hannah reality still be alive in the Rex reality? Here’s a related question – if Vega the cop died in the Rex world, would Vega the detective still live in Hannah’s world? Something to think about, and it leaves a big blank space in the rule book of this show’s world(s) for the time being.

    Strong pilot, worth seeing. I hope they keep this up. If this show ends up working, I hope it encourages other broadcast networks to take storytelling risks like NBC has here.

    Grade: A-

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    #238908

    The pilot is On Demand as well.

    It’s a good pilot. I can see the potential, but I can also see this easily turning into a basic procedural with a gimmicky premise. Jason Isaacs was… fine. The execution will have to be sharp. There are so many ways this could go wrong.

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    Raylan
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    #238909

    i just seen the pilot online and it was great its been one of the shows i’ve been looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. 

    9.5/10

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    i just seen the pilot online and it was great its been one of the shows i’ve been looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. 

    9.5/10

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    Spenser Davis
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    #238911

    I only watched it a day ago, but I am approaching the show with some trepidation. Like Brilliance inmorbid said, a lot can go wrong with this show. Or, it could be fantastic. I think that, like Killen’s other show Lone Star, the second episode is even more important to the series’ future than the pilot is.

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    Denis
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    #238912

    Agreed, this could become another shitty show like Alcatraz or Person of Interest, but I enjoyed very much this Pilot, liked all both of the psychoanalysts and the cast is just fine, Jason Isaacs was good in this Pilot and I also see a lot of potential on the show, it could be huge, which we will only know watching the second episode, for that episode I would not grade it as an A+  but in numbers I could give it 9.0 out of 10.

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    Episode Title: “Pilot”

    Synopsis: In the series premiere of NBC’s “Awake,” a detective awakens after his family’s car accident to discover he’s living in two parallel worlds. In one, his wife survived and his son perished; in the other, his son continues to live but his wife was killed; while trying to regain footing in his complex double lives, he continues to solve cases in both worlds while attempting to resolve his tragic dilemma.

    Discuss.

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