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Awake 1 Season 2012

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (24) IMDb 7.9/10

Lots of people find themselves leading a double life... but none quite like this. From groundbreaking writer Kyle Killen comes a drama about the power of the mind, where the inception of life is a mystery and reality might just be overrated.

Starring:
Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen

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1. Pilot

When worlds collide.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 1, 2012
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2. The Little Guy

Where do we go from here?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 8, 2012
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3. Guilty

Detective Michael Britten's two worlds spin out of control when his son Rex is kidnapped by an escaped convict, Cooper, a man Britten arrested 10-years ago.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 15, 2012
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4. Kate is Enough

While investigating an alleged suicide during an upscale yacht party with Detective Vega, Detective Britten runs into Rex's former babysitter Kate (guest star Brianna Brown).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 22, 2012
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5. Oregon

The grass is always greener.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 29, 2012
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6. That's Not My Penguin

Happy sleep.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 5, 2012
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7. Ricky's Tacos

May I take your order.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 12, 2012
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8. Nightswimming

I can explain.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 19, 2012
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9. Game Day

The final score.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 26, 2012
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10. Slack Water

Selling out.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 3, 2012
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11. Say Hello to My Little Friend

The little guy.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 10, 2012
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12. Two Birds

This was no accident.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 17, 2012
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13. Turtles all the Way Down

The choice is yours.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 24, 2012
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By Kathy Cunningham TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2012
NBC's new drama, AWAKE, which premiers officially on March 1, is an intriguing, edgy story about a man struggling to deal with loss in the aftermath of a tragic accident. Police detective Michael Britton (Jason Isaacs) can't remember much about the car accident itself, but he finds himself living in two alternating realities, one in which his wife died and the other in which his son did. He goes to sleep in one world and wakes up in the other, never quite sure if either, or both, are real. He sees a therapist in both worlds (B.D. Wong in one, and Cherry Jones in the other) and he has different partners at work (Wilmer Valderrama and Steve Harris). The cases Michael must investigate in the two worlds seem to oddly interconnect, and both therapists insist he's creating one reality to protect himself from losing both his wife and his son. But could both realities be real?

How does the pilot stack up as a potential TV series?

First the positives:

1. Strong acting - all of the major players are solid. Jason Isaacs, who most will remember from his role as Lucius Malfoy in the HARRY POTTER films, is wonderful as Michael Britton. This is a man torn between sanity and loss, and his grief is visceral and understandable. The supporting players are excellent, as well, especially B. D. Wong and Cherry Jones, who portray very different kinds of therapists who come up with exactly the same diagnosis.

2. Clever and original premise - AWAKE does remind me of the American version of LIFE ON MARS (where a police detective finds himself inexplicably living twenty years in the past), but only on the surface. This is an original idea, with the potential to be very exciting as Michael learns more about the two realities he's living in.

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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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This imaginative, mind bending and clever series probably would have been much better off as a 6 part mini-series
done for pay TV.

As it is, it starts terrifically, with a detective (well played by producer Jason Isaacs) coming to after a terrible auto accident.
He finds he never really sleeps, only awakens into two different worlds. The moment he falls asleep in one, he awakens in the other.
In one, world his son survived the accident and his wife died, in the other, the reverse is true. He has no idea which is a dream
and which is reality. He even has psychiatrists in each world trying to convince him that THIS is the real world. This is a great set
up to deal with loss, grief, alternate realities, illusion, madness, etc.

The problem is the middle of the series, when it gets away (somewhat) from the protagonist's fascinating confusions to try and
act like a regular police procedural, with Detective Britton solving a "case of the week" in each world, usually abetted by some
overlapping clue from his other world of existence. Here the show starts to feel far less interesting and more rote, just a cop
show with a gimmick. The mysteries themselves are no great shakes, and get too little time to play out (2 crime stories each
week, plus at least a few minutes on Britton's larger arc, and a 43 minute U.S. network running time means each crime gets
about 17 minutes. Far to little to do much with them).
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