An­gel De­light

Only they can avert the Apoca­lypse

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

“If Close En­coun­ters and The Stand got mar­ried in a church and had a baby,” says ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Trey Call­away, “it would be The Mes­sen­gers.”

The Mercy Point cre­ator can’t di­vulge many of the se­crets be­hind his next TV project — in which the veil be­tween science and the su­per­nat­u­ral is lifted and five strangers are tasked with pre­vent­ing the Rap­ture — but he adds that, “Tonally, that’s what we’re af­ter, and that in­cludes all of the mys­tery that would be a part of that. Hav­ing said that, by the end of the pi­lot, we def­i­nitely want our view­ers to have a pretty clear idea of what kind of ride they’re in for; and then that un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness only de­vel­ops ex­po­nen­tially with ev­ery sub­se­quent episode.”

Il­lus­trat­ing his point about the clar­ity to come in The Mes­sen­gers, Call­away re­marks, “Be­gin­ning with the sec­ond episode, prob­a­bly first and most crit­i­cally, the char­ac­ter of Rose — per­formed by Anna Diop — will awaken from her long coma and will be­come an in­stru­men­tal char­ac­ter in our cast in that she will an­nounce her­self as one of the an­gels of the Apoca­lypse. She will then set about the very dif­fi­cult task of try­ing to bring to­gether th­ese five ex­tremely dis­parate in­di­vid­u­als who are all com­pletely over­whelmed with per­sonal prob­lems of their own, and make it clear that des­tiny has col­lided with each of them in a way that is go­ing to re­de­fine them in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively. So a lot more in­for­ma­tion comes out in episode two, not only for our char­ac­ters but also for our au­di­ence.

“We won’t be putting a harp in th­ese peo­ple’s hands and hav­ing them flit about with their wings,” prom­ises the pro­ducer. “This is a very hu­man, very grounded spin on an an­gel- of- the- Apoca­lypse tale.”

The Mes­sen­gers comes to The CW from 10 April.

Yeah, we hate early morn­ings too.

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