Awake 1 Season 2012

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12. Two Birds TV-14 CC

This was no accident.

Starring:
Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
May 17, 2012

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Two Birds

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
Director Milan Cheylov
Starring Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen
Supporting actors Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette, BD Wong, Michaela McManus, Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones, Laura Innes, Daniela Bobadilla, Mark Harelik, Kevin Weisman, Joe Hursley, Jennifer Marsala
Season year 2012
Network NBC
Producers Howard Gordon, Davey Holmes, Jason Isaacs, Valerie Joseph, Evan Katz, Kyle Killen, Ed Milkovich, Keith Redmon, Jeffrey Reiner, Lisa Zwerling
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It was brilliant and well done.
Michele
If the powers that be at NBC read this (which I doubt, but it's worth a shot) please reconsider your foolish decision to cancel Awake.
D. Frame
The fact that the main character is a detective is almost incidental in my opinion.
ngovna

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Frame on May 16, 2012
One of the greatest shows ever on TV has been given the ax by struggling NBC. They finally have a great drama and cancel it. NBC must think that every television viewer wants to be numbed by lame reality TV. Some of us still like to think and feel courtesy of a great script and acting which is exactly what we got with Awake. If the powers that be at NBC read this (which I doubt, but it's worth a shot) please reconsider your foolish decision to cancel Awake. I have many fellow fans who agree with me. I don't believe I've ever been this angry about a cancellation of a show. It is no wonder NBC is on the bottom making questionable decisions like this. Had this been on CBS or FOX, I believe the outcome would be different. Well, people actually watch CBS and FOX. In the meantime, please get this series out on DVD.
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Episode 2 of AWAKE ("The Little Guy") makes it very clear what works about this show and what doesn't. I was very involved in Michael Britton's personal life, including his sessions with the therapists in his two different worlds, and his relationships with his wife and son. I was less interested (and bored, even) with the police procedural elements of the episode. With just 45 minutes of airtime, it's hard to do justice to a crime story when the most compelling aspect of the series has nothing at all to do with police work.

Then again, maybe it does. "The Little Guy" throws a monkey wrench into the debate over whether Michael (Jason Isaacs) is dreaming one of his realities - something is very fishy about that car accident that killed his wife or his son (or maybe both of them). The writers have decided we need a conspiracy to chew on, so they give us one in the final minutes of this episode. I have very mixed feelings about this, especially since it sets up yet another kind of story we'll have to juggle in future episodes.

A few things to notice in this episode:

1) There's a distinct green tint to the scenes that take place when Michael is with his son, Max, and a red tint to the scenes that take place when Michael is with his wife (the colors correspond to the rubber bands he wears on his wrist to keep himself straight on which reality he's living in at any given time). This was also present in the pilot episode, however I didn't really notice it. Now, I do. And it's a little distracting! I found myself watching for the color changes and losing track of the story. Hopefully, this is just a temporary distraction, and it will all fit together seamlessly as the show continues.

2) Michael seems much more adjusted in this episode.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Desert Gypsy TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 17, 2012
Rarely do t.v. shows catch my attention this hard and fast. There's been a car accident involving Detective Michael Britton, his wife and his son. After the accident things are more than just "different" - Micheal finds he that he dreams or is awake in an existence in which his wife or his son has died in the accident, but neither he nor *we* know which existence is real.

Micheal attempts to move forward, to resume both his life and his job as a detective but as he tries to balance the two worlds he now "lives in" there are frayed edges that begin to show; he is forced to attend therapy (with two different shrinks - one played brilliantly by BD Wong) and it's also affecting his perceptive abilities on the job to both good and not so good ends. We see him struggle to make sense of what is happening and his attempt to hold on with both hands to both lives, and we witness the consequences of when one of those worlds becomes threatened.

This show boasts an excellent ensemble cast featuring Jason Isaacs as Detective Michael Britton, with Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris as his partners, and Laura Allen as his wife Hannah.

Other good things, so far, about this show;

Multilayered storyline: is this a Crime Drama, Cop Show, Mystery, maybe a bit of SciFy thrown in with parallel worlds (and possibly more than the two worlds we see now???) - all of the above? The writing is smart, subtle and intriguing.

So far, no gross out, wince worthy close ups of some guy gutted or blown literally to pieces. More like Gunsmoke in that you hear the gun fire, someone falls down and there's a hole in the shirt. Thank you, we get the point *without* seeing brain matter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2012
Episode 3 of AWAKE ("Guilty") actually plays out more like a traditional cop show than either of the two previous episodes. Michael Britton (Jason Isaacs) is juggling two realities - one in which his son Rex (Dylan Minnette) died in a car accident, and another in which his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) died. In "Guilty," Rex is kidnapped and Michael must use clues uncovered in his alternate reality to solve the crime and rescue his son.

"Guilty" will remind you of a lot of action movies you've seen over the years. The bad guy here is John Cooper (Clifton Powell), a convicted killer that Michael helped send to prison ten years ago. In the green reality, Cooper cleverly manages to escape custody to get his hands on Rex, and in the red reality Michael must convince this same Cooper (this time still incarcerated) to help him find his son.

On the home front, Hannah (in the red reality) wants Michael to attend a memorial event planned to honor their deceased son's work with the homeless. The irony, of course, is that Michael misses the event to keep working on that same son's kidnapping in the alternate reality. Hannah thinks their son is dead, and wants to share her grief and the healing process with Michael. He knows their son is still alive, even if Hannah is forever separated from him. It's a poignant and intriguing situation.

I found "Guilty" to be a very engaging episode, although I'm still a bit distracted by the tinted scenes (green for Rex's reality and red for Hannah's). For the first time, Michael actually seeks out people in the red reality who might help him solve his son's kidnapping in the green reality. From the start it bothered me that Michael didn't do this - the same people exist in both worlds, so it just makes sense to seek them out.
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