“Awake” starts off very strong, with a wonderfully intriguing and intellectually satisfying pilot airing Thursday at 10:00pm on NBC.
Starring Jason Isaacs (of the “Harry Potter” movie franchise), the show revolves around a man who is living in two completely different realities. In one of the realities his wife (Laura Allen) is alive, while in the other his son (Dylan Minnette) is. He also has two different partners (Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris), as he works as a detective. The show poses a question: which reality is actually real? Is he awake during one and dreaming in another? Or is it something altogether different? This is the mystery of the series!
The pilot can get a little confusing if you don’t pay complete attention, but not so confusing that you’ll feel overly lost if your brains wanders for a few moments.
The writing was very solid and provided a nice case along with the ‘two realities’ storyline and the acting was strong overall.
The pilot set up the series nicely and is most definitely worth a watch, particularly if you like serialized series’ with mysterious plots, a la “Lost.”
Check out the pilot here or wait for it to air on Thursday!
Letter Grade: A-