Spoilers Emergence - Season 1

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  1. JD

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    Emergence is a new sci-fi series that premiered this season on ABC in the US, it follows a police chief in a small coastal town in the US, who takes in a young girl she finds at the site of a plane crash, and eventually discovers the young girl has special powers and is being hunted by mysterious. The people after the girl end up destroying or getting rid of everything from the plane crash, and appear to have access to all sorts of advanced technology.
    The cast:
    Alison Tolman as Jo Evans, the police chief
    Alexa Swinton as Piper, the girl
    Owain Yeoman as Benny Gallagher, a reporter investigating the plane crash
    Asley Auferdheide as Mia Evans, Jo's daughter
    Robert Baily Jr. as Officer Chris Minetto, a cop working for Jo
    Zabryna Guevara as Abby Fraiser, Jo's pediatrician best friend
    Donald Faison as Alex Evans, Jo's ex-husband and Mia's father
    Clancy Brown as Ed, Jo's father

    So far there've been two episode, and I enjoyed them. The characters are likeable, and the stuff with the mysteries around Piper has been pretty interesting so far.
     
  2. Christopher

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    I was skeptical of another conspiracy-arc show on ABC, but I'm liking this one so far. Its creators/showrunners are Michelle Fazakas and Tara Butters of Dollhouse and Agent Carter, and I think the writing's fairly good so far. Alison Tolman is a charismatic lead.
     
  3. JD

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    Yeah, I'm liking Tolman a lot, and girl playing Piper has been doing a pretty good job so far too.
     
  4. Christopher

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    As for Clancy Brown, I don't think I've ever heard him speak with so little bass and resonance in his voice. He usually sounds so deep and booming, but he's downplaying that part of his vocal range here. I miss it.
     
  5. JD

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    So are Christopher and I the only ones watching this?
    I finally got caught up today, and I'm pretty shocked how quickly they explained who/what Piper is. I'm very curious to see where they are going to take things now that we know about Piper. I think I read somewhere they have a multi-season story planned out, so hopefully that means they know where everything is leading.
     
  6. Christopher

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    I won't be anymore, at least not for a while. I just cancelled my cable, since most of what I watch these days is on The CW and I can watch that online for free, so it's just not worth paying as much as I was, especially with money as tight as it is for me right now. (Really, I should've cut the cord long ago.) At some point I'll probably sign up for Hulu or Amazon Prime or something that gets me access to network shows, but no telling when that will be. I may have to wait until this comes to Netflix or out on DVD at the library. It's an okay show, but I can live without it.

    Honestly, I'm starting to get tired of aspects of it anyway. I like the characters, but I'm not a fan of network-TV conspiracy thrillers and their familiar beats. And that bit this week that "if you tell an AI it's an AI, you destroy it" is very silly. There's no logical reason why that would be the case; it's just an arbitrary rule they made up to drive a plot point.
     
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    Yeah, the whole thing about not telling Piper she's an AI is a bit annoying. I would think it would save her a lot of anxiety if they could tell her what she is, and it would make it a lot easier to explain any issues she might develop that a normal girl wouldn't have.
     
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    I rolled my eyes pretty hard with that "Don't tell the AI what it is or it'll go boom" thing. Why would it knowing that destroy it?
     
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  9. Christopher

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    Anyway, the show isn't turning out to be what I expected. I got the impression from the trailers and advance word -- and from the title -- that this was going to be like a darker take on Person of Interest, with the emergence of a malevolent artificial superintelligence being the threat. Now it just seems like a corporate conspiracy, and maybe some kind of spy angle with AI infiltrators being trained in fake towns. I wonder, did I read too much into it based on the title, or have they reworked the premise post-pilot? Terry O'Quinn wasn't cast until months after the pilot was made, so it could be that his character was added after the fact.
     
  10. Noname Given

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    Because of the "Kirk effect"? ;)
     
  11. Christopher

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    I found out yesterday that I can still watch Emergence for free on ABC's website, just with an 8-day delay. So I don't have to give the show up yet, though I'm still not sure how eager I am to stick around. And there was no new episode this week anyway, so it'll be another 2 weeks before I get to see the next episode.
     
  12. Christopher

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    I finally caught up with episode 5 (last week's) online. Still ambivalent -- the character writing and dialogue are more interesting and fun than the rather stock conspiracy plot. There was relatively little time spent on Piper in this one. Though the moment with the truck was pretty cool. A nice change to see Piper exercising some control over her Magneto-like power for once.

    Bonus of watching online: I get to listen to the end title music, which is quite nice.
     
  13. Christopher

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    Okay, episode 6 was surprising. Turns out Terry O'Quinn isn't the big bad after all, but just a red herring. Although they ditched him so swiftly after setting him up for 3 episodes as a major antagonist that I can't tell whether it's because they planned the fakeout all along, or because the show keeps getting retooled at network fiat and changing its intended direction every few episodes. I've seen that sort of thing before, with The WB's short-lived 2003 Tarzan series (which was set in NYC with Jane as a police detective). On almost a weekly basis for the first few episodes, a new story direction was introduced in one episode and then written out in the next, so you could see the retooling going on as you watched, practically. (It's surprising how well it still fit together as a complete 9-episode miniseries, though.) This sort of reminds me of that, though I can't really be sure that's what's going on.

    Still, I didn't like the "It's all a corporate plot" angle, so I'm glad that seems to have been ditched in favor of... whatever it is they're going to do next. (Keep in mind I'm a week behind broadcast dates.)
     
  14. JD

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    Yeah, I got caught up this week too, and the big twist at the end of the last episode was a big surprise.