I'm not a fan of hyperbole...but Awake is, without a doubt, the best show I've seen on TV in a long time.
However, the bean counters at NBC have already cancelled the show. Tonight's season finale will also be the series finale.
Detective Michael Britten survives a horrific car crash with his wife and son as passengers. Following the accident, Michael finds himself living in two realities: one in which his wife survived but his son didn't, and one where his son survived but his wife didn't.
Michael alternates between the two realities every morning when he wakes. Happenings in one reality become clues for the other.
Definitely an interesting concept. But it's the writing, acting, and emotion that make the show so great. The cinematography is excellent as well, always alerting the viewer to which reality they are currently seeing (except for a few scenes that are intentionally vague).
Is one of the realities a dream? Are both? What is going on? We should find out tonight as the 13th and final episode airs.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series (if you couldn't tell already), but you must watch them in order. They are available for viewing on Hulu.
My Favorite Sleep/Dream Related Movies
So all this talk about Awake made me think about movies involving sleep & dreaming. Below are 3 of my favs, and as I previously declared my love for all things Christopher Nolan it should be no surprise that two of these are his.
Inception (2010) - Check our catalog
Ambiguous Plot Description: In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, & Ellen Page.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Check our catalog
Ambiguous Plot Description: A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. Starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet.
Insomnia (2002) - Check our catalog
Ambiguous Plot Description: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to an Alaska town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the murder of a local teen. Starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, & Hilary Swank.