Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Awake: TV Series

Awake was a TV series that ran for one season last year.  It produced 13 episodes and they are all currently available for viewing on Netflix.  I watched the series in a couple of days/weeks and rather enjoyed it.  The first few episodes have a good hook to them, and like most TV shows it slows down in the middle. It's worth your time if you're looking for a TV series to watch but don't want to get bogged down in seasons upon seasons of episodes.

Awake's hook is that this man is always awake.  Not that he never sleeps, but that he travels between dimensions/universes each time he falls asleep. Following a terrible car crash our protagonist (Jason Isaacs) is one of two survivors.  He, his wife, and his son were in the car when it crashed. Here is where the timelines diverge.  In one world (orange tinted)  his son died, and his wife survived.  In the other world (blue tinted) his wife died and his son survived.  So every time he falls asleep he jumps between worlds. Also, in each world he sees a psychologist. Each psychologist has a different theory on what is going on. One treats it like it is really happening and asks probing questions, the other thinks its all in his patient's head and writes it off, telling our man that he needs to cut out the other world, because it is destroying his mind.

Intrigued? Check it out! Like any one season series, it doesn't tie up a lot of loose ends, but I think it's worth checking out.

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