Awake to a world of intrigue
Reality check as one man lives in two worlds, writes
Besides, he says, anytime his character is confused, ‘‘It’s great drama: ‘What’s happening today? What’s happening in this world’?’’
While keeping a grip on his sanity, Britten is trying to prove to his superiors that he’s fit for work and trying to help his grieving wife and son cope with their losses. ‘‘We want him to put his life back together and have his wife and son,’’ says Killen. You and he become invested in those two worlds.’’
Elements from one sometimes cross over to the other, Killen says. That raises the intriguing notion that the two may ultimately merge, but the producers aren’t saying.
Awake employs a classic trick to allow viewers to dip in at any point: It’s what Gordon calls an ‘‘old-school title sequence’’ that restates the concept before each episode.
‘‘So if you tune in for episode seven, you have the tools to sit down and enjoy that hour of television,’’ Gordon says. ‘‘For an idea like this, clarity is your friend and you want to make the barrier as low as possible.’’
(He credits the Run for Your Life playbook. The 1960s drama, starring Ben Gazzara as a terminally ill man, started each week with the scene in which the character learned his death sentence and then intoned, ‘‘Guess I’ll try to squeeze 30 years of living into one, or two.’’)
If any cast and crew are up to the task it’s this one. Isaacs routinely is a standout in whatever he tackles, including his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films and as Michael Caffee in the series Brotherhood.
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