Some people are hoping that the JJ Abrams-produced series Alcatraz (watch the trailer here) might be the new Lost. Others believe that NBC’s new series Awake has the potential to fill the character-based sci-fi series void.
In NBC’s Awake, Jason Isaacs stars as a cop who finds his life split between two separate realities after a fatal car accident. At first, the idea seems a bit more drama based than you might expect, but as the 4-minute trailer rolls on, you get a sense that the two realities will later connect in some pretty cool ways. Awake will likely premiere midseason. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Can you wake up from reality?
Lots of people find themselves leading some kind of double life… but none quite like this. After Detective Michael Britten wakes up from a car accident with his wife and teenage son, he learns the devastating news that his wife died in the crash. Trying to put the pieces of his life back together, he wakes up again to realize that his wife is very much alive and his son died in the accident! Did he lose his wife or his son? Or neither of them?
What if your life split in two in the face of a situation like this, and you could actually have everything you wanted, just not all at the same time? Michael returns to work solving crimes while trying to put things back on a “normal” track, but alternating between realities provides some challenges — one moment he and his wife are grappling with having another child to replace their loss, and the next moment he’s finding himself attracted to his son’s tennis coach to fill the void from the loss of his wife. At the same time, he is solving crimes in each world which sometimes overlap in fascinating and inexplicable ways. Is he dreaming or going mad? Michael begins seeing two different therapists to help him sort things out, but then again, why would he want either “reality” to go away when the totality of both means having his family complete?
From groundbreaking writer Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and starring Jason Isaacs (Brotherhood, Harry Potter) comes a drama about the power of the mind, where the inception of life is a mystery and reality might just be overrated.