Chris Carter Strikes Again,
This review is from: The After - Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
I didn't know what was going to happen going in to it, other than knowing it was by Chris Carter so there would be mystery.
But if I'm totally honest, this is the most interesting pilot since FlashFoward, and before that it was LOST. Flashforward failed to live up to its potential and LOST was great through-out most of its run apart from plot points the writers came up with and never went back to or even tried to answer.
I loved the directing in the start of the episode, and I was wondering "who is this woman?". I figured she was working abroad or away from home, then it showed a gun and I thought "is she going to be a pretty secret agent?", and then it showed she was a struggling actress. I liked how the writing flowed in the opening moments, and the directing which shows what you need to see when you need to.
The characters aren't hugely interesting, and seem to accept something serious is going on straight away. More realistically I believe they wouldn't fully start to worry until a bit later. It was as if they knew something mega-huge was happening. I was scared the entire episode was going to take place in the garage, but pleased when it wasn't.
The episode has so much production value, such as when the woman leaves the garage and sees loads of people. Her reaction is a bit strange, as I was expecting the camera to zoom out to show a huge burning building from a terrorist attack or something similar, but instead she just seemed over shock at all of the people. It seems like a busy city. The special effects though in this scene look really good, and feels like a big-budget movie. Better than what TV-usually gets. Even the helicopter explosion, well, I was afraid it would look really obvious, but that explosion looked real. Maybe it was and they just fitted everything together really well?
The humour is decent at times, although others seems forced. The dialogue is a bit iffy but decent enough not to be annoying. I found myself more emerged into the actual very interested unexpected premise, which is a good thing when the dialogue and other things are bit off. But it isn't a major criticism. Some other small criticism is when they arrive at the elder woman's home and the escort makes a remark about needing a place to sleep and eat. Is she so sure the world is going to end right now?
The After has great potential, and I highly hope it gets more episodes. The ending was very surprising, and kind of shocking.
Chris Carter, you may have something great on your hands here.