Developed By: Adam Nussdorf Starring: Burkely Duffield, Dilan Gwyn, Jeff Pierre, Jonathan Whitesell, Peter Kelamis, Michael McGrady, Romy Rosemont, Alex Diakun, Jordan Calloway
Certificate: 12A? Running Time: 45-50 Minutes per Episode, 10 Episodes
There really are more TV shows right now than ever before, with new ones appearing every day, or so it seems. The first new show of 2017 that I've tried is this one and surprisingly it's not a Netflix offering either, arriving instead courtesy of ABC, and is another one of those mystery/conspiracy shows that are so popular lately. This one starts off by showing us two friends - Holden and Kevin (Duffield/Calloway), both 12 - hanging out one summer evening when Kevin's bullying older brother Jeff shows up, resulting in a chase that ends with Holden unconscious in a spooky wood. Moving forward 12 years we find that Holden has spent the intervening time in a coma - a coma that he is just now waking from, apparently with no ill effects. News of Holden's recovery spreads fast and he finds himself a celebrity in the small American town in which he and his bewildered family live. Or possibly a small Canadian town since the show is filmed there.
Wisely ignoring doctor's orders, Holden's mother takes him straight home and their lives apparently resume as though nothing happened. Soon after waking, however, Holden finds himself having visions and dreams, all featuring the same mysterious man. He even on occasion wakes up in the same spot in the nearby woods where he fell into his coma to begin with, alarming his family as well as himself.
There's no denying that something is going on though, and keen to help him find out is that pesky assgoblin who caused his accident to begin with - Kevin's brother Jeff who is concerned his sibling is missing. While this is undoubtedly a tumultuous period for Holden, and hardly the gradual reintroduction to society he might've hoped for, it does make for an exciting chase mystery, or at least potentially so.
No one is bad though, and the special effects, which unsurprisingly increase as the who wears on, are decent too. It's the format of the show that I wasn't so sure about. If I'm honest, the whole conspiracy chase thriller thing is in danger of overstaying its welcome a bit now. I mean, it can make for some truly superb and very thrilling television but anything can get a bit tiresome.
For example, Holden apparently adjusts to his new situation quickly and with remarkable ease - and we should remember that mentally he's still a 12 year old boy, essentially - while at the same time apparently not accepting that he has any new abilities and pouring scorn on Willa's admittedly-unusual claims. Then, just as he's making progress he takes a little vacation with the infectiously-pleasant Charlie who also happens to be alluringly attractive as well, naturally!
Indeed, its mysteries kept my wife and I watching, even if we did end up with more questions than answers, and we will be keeping an eye open for the second season. Hopefully all the main cast will be back as they provide a decent mix of characters, but it would be good if the producers could flesh some of them out a little more and put a bit more thought into structuring the season a bit better as well. Perhaps we will even get a few answers if we're lucky.
RKS Score: 7/10