Series Premiere: 30 May 2018Network: NBCProgram creator: Mickey FisherLanguage: EnglishGenre: Drama, Sci-Fi, SuspenseCast: Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Kathryn Morris
Mara Kint is a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior, who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when her former boss, Charlie Ventana, brings her in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in an immersive, highly advanced virtual reality program in which users can live out their wildest dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.
A tiny speck of knowledge before you read: I am a big fan of Sarah Shahi.
A Fan’s Take
Great concept, though not unique. Puzzling and confusing at times, a solitary scary moment and lots of creativity by the show’s creators all in all sums up this summer television premier of this NBC procedural drama.
Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint is brilliant and I have been waiting for her to make a comeback after the successful Person of Interest series.
A small group of users let a company called Onira Tech snake through their memories and social media footprint to vividly simulate a favorite place, or even an absent loved one. The resulting virtual-reality reveries are the ultimate fantasy for some users, who can escape into perfect digital dreams.
Charlie, who has his own private security firm recruits Kint to bring people out of their coma. But wait, it’s not so easy as it sounds. The people she has to save are stuck in a virtual world from which they don’t want a way out. Kint has to go into a virtual session of her own to talk with them and bring them back to the real world.
It gives out optimism in the same way and in the same level playing field as Black Mirror gives out pessimism.
After I completed the pilot, I got the sense that it might go the way series like, Limitless and the more recent Deception has gone, ending their future at Season 1. But it might get a lifeline like Blindspot did because as the story plot goes, the show creators have ample opportunity to play around and be creative given the tech-oriented concept. Personally, I would rather have it go the latter way.
As such it’s too early to judge a show of this calibre, but the creators have to do much better than the pilot to survive the onslaught of high-caliber shows. If it had premiered in the latter part of the year, it surely would not have survived the competition.