One of my favorite new shows that has arrived this year is the precious gem, Awake, created by Kyle Killen. With far less viewers than it deserves, I have only been able to catch it on Hulu, but have already been indulged and enriched in a fantastic story brought to audiences by a skilled cast and crew. Each episode thus far has only become better with every passing moment.
The story revolves around two realities within the world of Michael Britten (brilliantly portrayed here by Jason Isaacs). After a tragic accident causes the death of both his wife and son (in different realities, green and red), he begins to awake to two completely separate lives. One in which his wife survived (red reality) and one in which his son survived (green reality). It is a tragic tale of loss as well as a story of perseverance and mystery.
The ever-going question within the series is regarding Michael’s condition. Fans have been torn between what has caused these diverging realities, whether it be that he is truly in two different worlds, he died in the accident, he is in a coma or one is a dream. With a premise such as this, the stories within Michael’s daily career as a Detective always keep me interested. A clue from the red reality could inspire Michael’s thinking in the green and vice-versa.
The supporting cast is also brilliant and includes Laura Allen as Hannah Britten (Michael’s wife), Dylan Minnette as Rex Britten (Michael’s son), Wilmer Valderrama as Detective Efrem Vega (Michael’s partner in the red reality), Steve Harris as Detective Isah “Bird” Freeman (Michael’s partner in the green reality), BD Wong as Dr. Lee (red), Cherry Jones as Dr. Evans (green) and Micaela McManus as Tara, Rex’s tennis coach (green).
The only unfortunate thing in regards to the show is the fact that there is no certainty that it will return for a second season. Aside from said fact, the show is one of my favorites of all time and the cast and crew have become favorites of mine, as well. The show is well written, with great drama, wit and intelligence. Every moment draws me into Michael’s life and only further proves that this is a once-in-a-lifetime show.