My wife had wanted to catch this new show, and I was half-paying attention until about ten minutes in. tv is completely under my radar these days, except for an occasional movie or soccer match. In the wasteland of bad premises, poor writing, and weak acting I was surprised to find yet another cop show (with a few veteran cop show actors) that in its first episode offered up a very intriguing premise, very good writing, and what seems to be a fine cast.

It will be interesting to see how the writers deal with a man who is living, it seems, two lives, at least one of which may be in a dream world. It seems that in one “life” his son has died, and in the other his wife. One of those seems to be a dream world. Every time Britten goes to sleep he wakes up with whomever had died in the life where he last went to sleep.

I like the chats with the two different analysts, but my only quibble is with the frequency of these meetings. The character is solving two crimes over a period of just a few days (so far as I can tell). He almost seems to be meeting daily with the counselors. That seems a little much, unless the writers have something up their sleeve.

I’m not sure this would count as a science fiction premise. It’s really fantasy. It takes one experience that’s (so far) unexplained by science. Regardless, I like a good fantasy, so I give it a thumbs up so far. Hopefully the muckety mucks at network will keep their paws and swizzle sticks out of the mix and let the show run a natural course.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Awake

  1. I’m mildly surprised you haven’t run into or found “Southland” compelling for a “street view” cop show, ala “The Hurt Locker.” Of course, it

  2. Todd says:

    Cop shows seem to seduce me. My wife started watching Law and Order about 8 years ago, and I watched more than a little bit of it. Then two years ago, she and the young miss got hooked on NCIS. I like the latter show for its excellent characterization and writing, and the acting is at least decent. I used to think Mark Harmon was a bit of a puff, but he’s quite excellent in that show.

    • Jimmy Mac says:

      Pauley Perette IS that show! I wouldn’t miss it. Unfortunately, NCIS LA is not up to the original, except for the Linda Hunt character, Hetty. I’m glad that she didn’t leave the show.

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