Awake 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
(8) IMDb 8.6/10

1. Pilot AGES_15_AND_OVER

When Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) regains consciousness following his family's car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) perished, but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together he awakens again in a world in which his wife is very much alive, but his son Rex died in the accident.

Starring:
Jason Isaacs,Laura Allen
Runtime:
43 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
Director David Slade
Starring Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen
Supporting actors Steve Harris, Dylan Minnette, Bd Wong, Michaela Mcmanus, Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones
Season year 2012
Network Twentieth Century Fox
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Hepworth on 13 July 2012
Format: DVD
Awake is a high-quality, high-concept US TV series with an audacious premise. LAPD detective Michael Britten has lost a member of his family in a car accident. He goes through his day with his wife, Hannah, trying to cope with the loss of their son, Rex. When Michael sleeps, he is instantly awake again. Now he is a widower and single father, trying to help the now-living Rex cope with the tragic loss of Hannah in the accident. Intrigued? You should be.

On one level Awake is a standard TV detective drama, except that Michael is in two realities, with different partners investigating different crimes. And then clues in one crime start appearing in the other reality...
One another level, Awake is a psychological drama, with Michael sparring with 2 different psychologists who are both trying to persuade him the other reality is a dream.
But finally, Awake is a personal drama, with Michael played brilliantly by veteran British actor Jason Isaacs as a man coping with loss. The quality of the supporting cast is excellent, and the production values are high.

The 13 episodes initially follow a familiar pattern, with Michael juggling two cases which somehow resonate with each other, while dealing with his personal issues. His sessions with the two psychologists are an excellent device to bring forward his inner turmoil. However, as the series progresses a wider plot develops, and Michael's ability to cope fluctuates wildly.
There's a brilliant subplot involving Rex, which I won't spoil, but the writers bring information from the two realities together in a I-didn't-see-THAT-coming moment.

If the idea behind Awake has a flaw, then it's probably the same one that shows like X-files or Lost have: once the central mystery is answered, where will they go from there?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCULLY TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 May 2015
Format: DVD
I loved this series Jason Issacs(harry potter) is quality and for me this has been his best ever performance. He plays a cop who has been in a car crash with his wife and son, he awakes one day to the loss of his wife, with his son who survived the crash, but when he awakes the next day his son has died and his wife has survived, this is now apart of his everyday life. He now spends one day with his wife and the next day with his son, the only people he can speak to about this is his counsellors, who one day is a man and the next day a women, both have different views about his experience. Sounds mad but trust me its easy to follow.

In the mean time his work life is complicated when it comes to his job, he has two different partners one for each day and most cases intwine, he sees things a bit like Da ja vue with him reliving the day before, plus most cases give him clues to the reason behind the family accident. This is a brilliant series with a stunning climax, it stuck with me for days, its a shame there wont be a second series but then again with the ending, where could they go from there?.

I do believe Awake was a flop with the American public, this is why the second series was cancelled, this for me shows when the yanks have to use there mind, this kind of drama fly's right over there head, I think the Muppet movies are more there cup of tea. Well most of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By darthmhall on 26 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
This short lived series was simply excellent. It's such a shame smart and intelligent dramas like this are being cancelled so early on. However if a series has to end this is exactly the way it should be done. Absolute class!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
This imaginative, mind bending and clever series probably would have been much better off as a 6 part mini-series
done for pay TV.

As it is, it starts terrifically, with a detective (well played by producer Jason Isaacs) coming to after a terrible auto accident.
He finds he never really sleeps, only awakens into two different worlds. The moment he falls asleep in one, he awakens in the other.
In one, world his son survived the accident and his wife died, in the other, the reverse is true. He has no idea which is a dream
and which is reality. He even has psychiatrists in each world trying to convince him that THIS is the real world. This is a great set
up to deal with loss, grief, alternate realities, illusion, madness, etc.

The problem is the middle of the series, when it gets away (somewhat) from the protagonist's fascinating confusions to try and
act like a regular police procedural, with Detective Britton solving a "case of the week" in each world, usually abetted by some
overlapping clue from his other world of existence. Here the show starts to feel far less interesting and more rote, just a cop
show with a gimmick. The mysteries themselves are no great shakes, and get too little time to play out (2 crime stories each
week, plus at least a few minutes on Britton's larger arc, and a 43 minute U.S. network running time means each crime gets
about 17 minutes. Far to little to do much with them).
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