19 April 2012
Awake: Episodes Six and Seven
Series premise: A cop drama following Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) after a car accident that results in his life literally splitting in two. He has two realities--one where his wife survives and one where his son does. He doesn't know which one is real and which is a dream, but he does know that clues in one will often solve cases in the other.
Thoughts on episode six: In the reality with his wife, Britten teams up with his shrink to defuse a hostage situation with a mental patient having delusions. In the reality with his son, Britten must confront the realization that without his wife, his relationship with his son is deteriorating.
I loved watching the possibility that Britten is going crazy unfold. There is something bigger at play and I want to know more. This episode made me want answers to the big questions... they are coming at an agonizingly slow pace. The storyline with his son is touching and reminds us of what's at stake and how close Britten is to losing it.
Thoughts on episode seven: Britten has a case in each reality that at first look open and shut, but upon closer inspection both turn out to be more complicated. He also gets a message to not move to Portland, because he needs to look into the case he was working right before the accident.
This show is starting to get a creepy, Fringe feel. I'm really curious to see where they are going with it. We get a few more hints about the overall mystery, which is good, because episode six made me need them. I loved watching Britten solve the cases and it felt like the series was starting to go somewhere big. Britten's realities are starting to unravel and I want to see how and why.
Overall: I still love Jason Isaacs and we are finally starting to get some answers about why his world is split. I am sticking with this show, because I truly love it, but I need them to give me more of the series mystery. I'm terrified that the show will be cancelled and I won't know the answers.