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I thought the colour scheme was obvious UNTIL he woke up that one time and wasn't sure where his wife was...it was blue until he found her then it was red...THEN I got confused.
What an amazing show. Glad to have something else to look forward to watching.
Good job with your 3rd point Rob! The last preview gave a great carrot to dangle in front of the viewers, I caught all that too, but really hate previews telling us too much in advance. I hope there is still going to be a twist at the end -- Like Billy Campbell being Orphius in The Killing! And we still don't know whoi killed Rosie Larsen :-)! This is going to be a great series!!
I didn't like it!!!!! Give me more of 24 and Jack Bauer!!!!!!!
I looooooooooved it!!!!! I cannot wait for more. Although the previews for upcoming episodes makes it sound like it'll be some conspiracy or something like "fringe" which I don't like. I hope they never reveal which is real and which is fake. Keep it going as long as its good!!! Ps actor playing "Britten" is hot!!
It's been offered up by NBC promos and the creators that one is real and one is not.
The pilot kind of reminded me of the Doctor Who episode "Amy's Choice". Whenever Rory, Amy, and The Doctor heard birds, they would fall asleep and wake up in an "alternate" reality. Then you find out at the end that both are fake and the "Dream Lord" was trying to trick them.
I thought it was good, but it's definitely one of those shows you have to watch and listen to closely, otherwise you'll get lost.
When I first watch the promo I was like the show looks good.When I watched the show first couple minutes I got confused. I kinda like this show.I got confused who was alive in each paralel universe. I was almost crying when he starts searching for his son and wife.
I agree with D Hager. I think he may be the dead one and stuck in limbo.
Nick: "Britten said he doesn't know the Constitution and I'm taking him at his word. . ."
I've never actively studied it or tried to memorize it either, yet I immediately recognized it for what it was, Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. That means my memory contains enough of it casually to be able to recognize it even though I wouldn't normally ever be able to quote it to you. Memory works funny that way. Dream state memory is even less fully understood. Things that are not real, or possible, in the real world can be dreamed, including self-deception.
"What we know for certain is one reality is real and one is all in his mind."
Maybe I missed something, on what is this 'certainty' based? And if that certainty was offered up by someone/something in one of the universes we are watching, how can we be so sure of its validity if we don't even know which universe is real?
AS AN LICENCED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR AND AN RN I WATCHED WITH A CLINICAL AND RECREATIONAL HAT. THIS IS TOTALLY FASCINATING, WELL WRITTEN AND WELL ACTED. I AM NOW A SERIES FAN!
The color scheme was obvious to me. but then in the last 15 minutes of the show, suddenly the lighting for the session with Dr. Lee in the Hannah world was shot in cold and blue film as in the Rex world so WTH?
After watching 'Lost' all those seasons ... he may be the one thats dead so anything is possible. Just saying.......... :)
I didn't like it!!!!!!
I liked the show , but was confused. Hope to find out eventually which is the real world. I will keep watching.
I kind of feel like the show gave a little too much away with the preview for the season. I would have liked to have had to struggle to figure it out a little more. Of course what we don't know is why the accident had to happen in the first place. Obviously Britten knows something and they tried to kill him. His family was just collateral damage.
Third, from the previews they've shown us about what is upcoming for the series, we meet the Chief (the chick from ER) and she has obviously had a hand in what happened with the accident (asking if the guy hired to cause the accident was short). She's worried that he's remembering something about the accident. The Chief has had his partner reassigned and has given him a new partner to 'spy' on him and report back to her. In his life with his son, everything is the same except that his wife is dead, which is more in line with a dream scenario. He has the same partner, same job, etc. and the Chief isn't giving him a hard time. His new partner appears as a police officer, which is what he was until he was made detective by the Chief. Remember he tried to thank Britten for requesting him to be his partenr, which Britten didn't. The Chief used that as a reason to make him detective.
Ok, I loved it. I'm worried about its time slot because I already watch The Mentalist and Private Practice at those times. Thank God I have 2 DVR's. I disagree that the son being alive is real and the wife a dream for three reasons:
First, Remember he cuts himself to see if he's dreaming and needs his hand bandaged? In the subsequent scene where the son is alive and they are hunting for the kidnapper, his hand isn't bandaged like it was in the other reality. When you dream you aren't injured (I've heard that people who are paralyzed can walk in their dreams, etc.)
Second, regarding reading the constitution, I have had dreams where I am reading text I have never seen before, doesn't mean I have it memorized. He could think he was reading the Constitution, doesn't mean he actually was or that that was real at all.
That's the great thing about Awake, Dr. Lee's sound arguments could also be a paradox. What we know for certain is one reality is real and one is all in his mind. So I'm going to assume that (for now at least things could change) both realities are going to stay steeped in, well, reality. Britten said he doesn't know the Constitution and I'm taking him at his word. So how on Earth can he, even if he's dreaming all of this and making it all up, turn to a random page and read it when his subconscious knows nothing about it?
To answer your other comment, the next few episodes continue to be fantastic.
The Constitution argument proves at the very least that he can't tell which reality is real and which one isn't. Even if her opinion is potentially false, she makes a valid point, if her side is all a dream how can he read and know something by heart? Dr. Lee's point about his cases could also be his subconscious.
Annoyed and carolann,
I think you guys are reading too much into what I wrote for that. I'm just explaining to readers, based on what I've watched, that Awake is a procedural it's not heavily serialized. I wasn't commenting on serial heavy shows (I love Fringe and Lost). It's more that people not get their hopes up hoping that there's going to be a lot of serial heavy episodes, because that doesn't seem to be the case. I'm really glad you two enjoyed the episodes.
LOVED IT! Fine actors, great story--I'm hooked!
I haven't seen it yet. i dvrd it . but was drawn to it because of the dual rality. I read Ted Dekker's circle trilogy and that was the premise. Thomas Hunter slept and would wake up either in an alternative world or earth. It was such a facinating premise and I truly enjoyed the books. so i am hoping this one will be similar.
I think Im really going to like this one. I loved the idea of the different colored bracelets. It had me looking for the colors as clues in each reality. I also liked the reality where he woke up and was confused about who was alive in that world. He almost had me crying when he was running around calling for both his wife and son.
I agree with Annoyed - I'm tired of the need that's apparently felt out there to focus on procedurals and to demonize serialized stories. That's what will kill Alcatraz: They don't seem to have had the courage of their convitions, and so they made what feels like just another cop show for the most part. I thought the writing and acting on Awake were both fantastic, Really looking forward to next week's show!
The constitution argument proves nothing; he read the excerpt correctly according to Dr. Evans, but Dr. Evans may or may not be imaginary, so her opinion (which, by extension, may be his own opinion) of his ability to correctly quote the constitution is ultimately irrelevant.
On a broader note, I really liked this show, my wife was also fully engaged. I asked at the end what she thought, her answer was realistic and perfect: "It looks good, but we'll see."
I agree. I've been hooked by many, many pilots in my time. I really liked this one. But what will be the true test is if they can maintain the suspense, the curiosity, the pacing over the course of a season, or even just a few shows.
I go back to 'Heroes' here, an awesome pilot, a few strong followups, then for the next two-three seasons we wander around aimlessly, the initial fascination of 'how-they-do-that?' only lasts for so long.
I love the support casting of Awake, bringing back B.D. Wong, Cherry Jones, etc. some very strong actors.
I love the by-proxy competition between the psychiatrists.
But can they keep it up? We'll see.
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