‘Manifest’ Cast, Creator on That Major Death & Cal Shocker (VIDEO)

Okay, I know in my last post I stated that I thought Manifest should be canceled rather than Debris, but I’m doing a retraction.  The show has redeemed itself thanks to the writers who pulled off a mind-blowing ending to Season 3.  No spoilers here, but this is a great interview with the stars about the tear-jerking ending and surprise that awaited the viewers.  Apparently, Cal made a sacrifice to help save the passengers, says one of the writers.  Will there be a Season 4?  No one knows at this point because NBC has yet to make a decision.  (I still haven’t forgiven NBC for canceling Debris.)

 

Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, and Jeff Rake break down the Season 3 finale and where the Stones go from there.

Source: ‘Manifest’ Cast, Creator on That Major Death & Cal Shocker (VIDEO)

Debris Canceled After 1 Season At NBC

NBC has canceled Debris after just 13 episodes.  Total bummer!  It’s been some time since a SciFi show caught my eye and made me stay up until 11 p.m. on a Monday night, but Debris managed to do that.  A story revolving around debris from an alien spaceship falling to earth with powers that we earthlings don’t understand, but governments are scurrying around the world to grab for themselves for either good or evil.  Darn old NBC has left us with cliffhangers to deal with and no solid answers to the mysteries.  I hate that when it happens!  Another television show crashes and burns, much like the alien ship.  Frankly, since I think Manifest has gone off the rails into the ridiculous, they could have dumped that one instead.

Source: Debris Canceled After 1 Season At NBC

HBO Grabs Drama ‘The Gilded Age’ From NBC – Broadcasting & Cable

‘Downton Abbey’ principals look at American Gilded Age of 1885

Source: HBO Grabs Drama ‘The Gilded Age’ From NBC – Broadcasting & Cable

Awake (2012 TV Series)

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Just finished watching thirteen episodes of Awake on Netflix, which at one time was an NBC television series that came to cancellation after one season.  Nevertheless, it has an intriguing premise that makes your head spin as you try to keep up with the scenes.  You almost need to look at what color rubber band is around your wrist to discover what world you’re in at the moment.  Here is why…

It’s about an LAPD police detective Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs), who is in a car accident with his wife and son. The tragedy leaves an aftermath of split realities. When he sleeps, he wakes up in one reality where he lost his wife in the accident and lives with his son who survived (played by Dylan Minnette). Then he retires for the night and wakes up in another reality where he’s lost his son and lives with his wife (played by Laura Allen). In each reality, the ones who survive the accident are faced with grief and loss that they try to overcome through various means.  He knows which reality he’s in when he awakens by the color of the band around his wrist.

Even though Britten is keenly aware of his strange experience when in either reality, he does not share what is happening to either his wife or son.  The only ones who do know are two psychiatrists that he sees in each world.  They attempt to convince him that he is in their reality and that the other is a dream, which they contribute to a coping mechanism because facing the truth is too painful. Britten does not reveal his odd life to anyone at work, but his split worlds help him solve crimes.

It’s a good show that keeps you guessing and in the counseling chair with Britten. You’ll hear plenty of psychological mumbo-jumbo explaining why this is happening to him.  Britten, on the other hand, wants to keep things as they are because he can still have his wife and son in his life. Nevertheless, as the show continues, the terrible truth of why the accident occurred and that a criminal police cover-up is part of the reason, brings havoc. His mind begins to break and reality turns delusional at both ends of the spectrum.  At one point he’s stuck in one and desperate to get back to the other.  He begins to hallucinate seeing odd things like penguins and characters who are not there.

Issac Jacobs does a wonderful job acting this convoluted existence on screen, and it is a shame he didn’t receive any recognition.  The writers, knowing that the show is to be cancelled, brings the audience a totally mind-blowing ending that will have you scratching your head.  As Britten’s psyche breaks further, you can only conclude that he’s conjured up a third reality to make sense of the past two versions filled with undeniable heartache and betrayal.  It’s the reality he wants above all else, and probably that of the audience too.

It’s a good show, worth a Netflix binge.