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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.

Review

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

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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sigh. cancelled, eh? This episode had me at the edge of my seat :) I hope Jason Isaac's returns in more Case Histories on pbs!

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A perfect hour of TV. This show is really one of the best out there. I'm hoping the network will allow it another season (or at least 1/2 season) to get a footing 'cause people need to watch it. Networks have kept other critically acclaimed shows alive hoping they'll gain an audience (see Arrested Development, Fringe, Cougar Town ). I hope there is someone at NBC who loves and believes in the show and will renew it. 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.

Niks4u

Why do people not watch this? I will be sad if this doesn't get renewed and I know that it won't. Even fucking Smash has more viewers. Its just sad.

Sarah silva

I really like this show! I too think it will not get renewed BUT it deserves to be. It is so great! The actors are great the storyline is great.
For me I think the red reality is the true reality. With the whole Emma and her baby storyline it is a second chance of sorts for Hannah and Michael as they will have a grand child so Rex will still live on.
I do have to disagree about Dr. Evans. I think that Dr Lee is the more understanding one.
I knew that Hawkins was the one that caused the accident. I think that Bird being sent to work with Hawkins and then Vega being brought in to be with Britten all has something to do with the accident etc. I think Vega may be in on this all too and they had to split up Bird and Michael.
We get 2 more episodes and I hope they will not be the last.

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This show deserves to be renewed! It's got great writing, great acting, and it's thought-provoking. I would think at least one more season is deserved so we can get the answers we viewers deserve! There are so few shows that are this well done.

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A really wonderful and well thought out show. To be honest I'm having a hard time watching each of the episodes because I know it's getting me closer to the last one. So depressing. It's the white whig he had to wear as Lucious Malfoy. Total change in image and character. I never would have seen it.

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Good write-up and interesting thought about the green reality being "true." It's unfortunate that the series hasn't caught on for NBC to justify continuing the show. Kyle Killen and company clearly have some very interesting ideas and it would be fun to flesh them out for a season or two more. I completely agree that Jason Isaacs' performance demands recognition. I had never heard of him before the show, but he's a wonderfully talented actor. Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/... Never heard of him...he is Lucious Malfofy, Draco's father in the seven Harry Potter Movies. Unless you have been living under a rock that must at least ring a bell

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Good write-up and interesting thought about the green reality being "true." It's unfortunate that the series hasn't caught on for NBC to justify continuing the show. Kyle Killen and company clearly have some very interesting ideas and it would be fun to flesh them out for a season or two more. I completely agree that Jason Isaacs' performance demands recognition. I had never heard of him before the show, but he's a wonderfully talented actor.

Awake Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

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

Britten

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

Britten