Awake 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
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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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Pilot

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Season 1

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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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16 of 16 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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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 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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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Fortune on 4 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
watched all 13 episodes, left hanging with questions unanswered, found out it wont be back for a 2nd season, thanks tv bosses
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhodesy7 on 14 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
"My name is Michael Britten, I had an accident and I woke up in two parallel worlds. Am I mad? In a coma or back in time? Whatever's happened it's like I've landed on a different planet, maybe if I can work out the reason I can get home..."

It's a god-awful small affair, to the girl with the mousy hair...
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