Awake Review: We're Not In Green Anymore

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Is it okay for me to start breathing again?

Britten On The Run

"Say Hello To My Little Friend" brought together plot pieces that have been hanging in the air for a while now, putting a name and face to “The Little Guy” and finally answering the question: What will Britten do when he wakes up in only one reality? Before getting to the episode I do have one general thought:

Jason Isaacs, this is your episode for an Emmy.

“Little Friend” is all about Britten trying to come to terms with Rex actually dying. He’s locked in the red reality, and his mind refuses to transition back and forth. Dr. Lee’s explanation certainly rang true, as falling is one of the ways we often wake up from dreams, and while I certainly had my doubts I did believe him.

Until I began thinking about his situation more, and I began to wonder if Britten’s mind kept him locked in red for a reason. Did his mind lock him out of green after he saw Hawkins at the carnival? Did his mind force him to work out the details of the accident, and make him realize that it wasn’t really an accident, but an attempt on him and his family’s lives, in order to get back to green? Essentially using it as a reward?

The Hawkins hallucinations seem to at least correlate that. Who better than Britten, who knows his own strengths and weaknesses, to unlock the mystery in his mind? Britten goes to the ends of the Earth to figure out all of the details of his cases, and the crash at least gave him the ability to hold up detailed realities in his mind. So it’s not a big leap to think that his mind can play tricks on him in order to get him to see things he’s not seeing.

But Britten’s discovery that the crash isn’t an accident, but something deliberate ends up opening up even more questions. Bird is now the partnered with Hawkins at the red side, and while I doubt he’s involved he was quickly shipped off after the accident. Vega is now extremely suspicious of Britten, and Britten’s excuses no longer pull the wool over his eyes.

Perhaps the biggest question of where things go now is thanks to Britten letting Dr. Evans in on the conspiracy. She’s the wild card in all of this. She’s often the most sympathetic to Britten, and is often the most willing to let Britten continue on his own journey without interference and with minimal guidance. If Dr. Evans were to change course on her treatment, things could get potentially worse for Britten. Especially as he begins to dig even deeper into the conspiracy and the reasons why things happened and he is in this situation.

Finally, getting  to Jason Isaacs and him going through all of those emotions of losing Rex. How heart wrenching were they to watch? Watching him go from absolute pain and anguish as he realized that he never gets to see his son again. Not the son Hannah knew, not the son he knew before the crash, but the Rex he had come to know and grow closer with in the episodes since the premiere. Watching all of his walls come crashing down in front of Hannah had me in tears.

Real Reality Check

With the conspiracy mostly contained in red, and being that this episode is mostly contained in red as well I would like to say red. But, I’m not, I’m going with green. As much as I believe Hannah and Michael have a wonderful marriage and they love each other. I do not believe he would have quite the breakdown he would have over losing Hannah compared to losing Rex.

One Final Thought

Between now and next week’s review, it’s highly likely Awake will not be on NBC’s schedule for next season. Its ratings just don’t justify renewal. However, Killen has said that we will get some answers before the season is out about the crash, and while I’m sure we won’t get the perfect bookend to the series, something is better than nothing. And, at the very least, we did get to enjoy 13 episodes of one of the strongest series television has produced in a very long time.


Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (55 Votes)

I don't fight for shows or vote for American idol or watch crap like the bachelor or bachelorette but I would love to see Awake go on for at least another year or morph into an even better show but I really like it.


I love this show. I also hope somebody at NBC is passionate enough to fight for it. But, if it is ending,I hope they don't leave the ones who have been loyal hanging - a fulfilling ending, please!!


"I think that when the show first started, the critics were talking about how it was "too hard" to understand may have scared away the audience but it really isn't hard to understand. Keeping the realities straight is easy - the show has so many visual clues."
I totally agree with Eliza that this show got off to a bad start with viewers because critics felt it was too difficult to understand, when in reality it was not that hard to understand at all. I think it was an excellent show in many ways, the stories were clear, the acting was marvelous and the plots of each episode engaging. I seriously think shows like "Whitney" and "The Bachelor" need to be cancelled before they get rid of great dramas like Awake


I am very upset that this show is being cancelled. It just kept getting better and better and better. The way one "world" linked with the other...the way things and people connected.... Great stories every week! Made you think...we need more TV like that. It is extremely well done. Extremely well acted. Very sad to see it go.


I agree: DAMN IT. I really like this show. I hope some other network will renew it.


Dammit DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe they cancelled "Awake". NBC, I will NEVER watch you again. I gave you a chance here; I don't even watch networks anymore except for FOX. Truth is, I haven't watched NBC, ABC, or CBC in years. Now I know why. My heart was broken when ABC cancelled "Life On Mars" 3 years ago. I took a chance again since "Awake" looked to be such a good show. And so it is. So what does NBC do? Those sorry @#*!@*! CANCEL an intelligent, well-written and well-acted show. This show reminded me of "Life On Mars" in a good way, and now in a bad way, because it's unjustly gotten the axe. Can't some other network pick this up? DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I think this episode made it glaringly obvious that the green reality is actually the real reality. It amazes me that no one has pointed this out before, but every single time they flash back to the accident, it is filmed in the same color scheme as green reality. This was the best episode of the season. Wouldn't it be funny if Jason Isaacs won an award for a show that got canceled? I haven't been this sad about a show getting canceled since Jericho.


I really think NBC should've renewed this. There's this new book by Warren Littlefield and he talks about shows that were doing horrible but were very compelling to watch, and so they were renewed. Phil Rosentha; has also talked about the idea how networks nowadays want immediate results, and are not willing to invest. But a lot of the biggest shows in television history have required investment. I really wish NBC still had this mindset for awake. I'm not sure it would catch on but it's avery unique show and Ithink has ratings potential. I mean, did you know Cheers was the lowest rated show of all 3 networks when it first premiered? IDK just a thought.


This show probably won't even get soem cult following. sucks. This is honestly such an underrated amazing show. I think the only show on RIGHT NOW that is better is Breaking Bad. Boomtown was also ana amzing show that didnt even get some big online follwing. malcom in the middle is an amzing show, but it got 7 seasons.


Great episode. I wish another network buys the rights.

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Awake Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

I always switch, Hannah, Rex, Hannah, Rex. It's like clockwork.


I don't like trusting my life to a rubber band.