Why we're excited
The concept is brilliant. Jason Isaacs, who plays central character Detective Michael Britten, probably explains the idea better and more concisely than we ever could. "Michael has been in a terrible car accident and either his wife or his son has died, but he doesn't know which one," he explains. "He lives a life with his wife, he goes to sleep and then he wakes up and lives a life with his son. He has two different apartments, two different cases, two different therapists. What's important to him is that he doesn't want to find out which is real. Because this way he has a second chance with his family, both of whom he has buried."
Is Michael mad? Who really died? Did anyone really die? Why does his job as a detective keep overlapping between his two lives? Intrigued? Yep, we sure as hell are. Isaacs looks a perfect fit for the lead and the parallel worlds setting looks as though it will steer clear of Lost-esque confusion and be more on the side of Lost-esque genius. Writer and exec producer Kyle Killen (Lone Star) is taking a big risk on such a dark concept in a major network show, but if he can manage to roll up some emotional punch into this complex dark mystery, he may just have the hit of 2012 on his hands
Well, with expectations majorly high, there's always a risk of major disappointment. Thankfully it doesn't have the noose around its neck that all J.J. Abrams shows do, where people expect 'the next Lost'. Also, with a concept that can be summed up in a few sentences it shouldn't get bogged down in a quagmire of storyline confusion and baffling twists (The Event, FlashForward) like so many other hyped shows from recent years.
The only major doubt is whether this double life quandary central storyline can last longer than a season. Does it have the legs to run for a number of years without ever revealing the truth about who has died or what has happened? And if it does reveal the details, will anyone care about the show anymore? However, it's far too soon to be worrying about such ifs and buts, so instead we're going to sit twiddling our thumbs in excitement waiting for the midseason (yes, you'll have to wait until 2012 for this one) premiere.
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