The Whispers

Pilot: ABC's new Spielberg TV production has promise, and definitely more potential than his last few ventures. Remember The River? But yet, they all clearly carry some of his trademarks: moderate-to-large sized cast with child actors and involving the supernatural/alien/paranormal. The adults led by a convincing Lily Rabe (wasted on AHS after her star-making turn on AHS:Asylum), with the Barry Sloane who seemed like the straight man here, I am an actor not just a pretty face Milo Ventimiglia whose character is the most intriguing, and Joss Whedon alum Kristen Connolly who I hope is not just here to repeat her horror-Virgin role. The children seemed passable with Harper the creepiest and Henry the cutest (do you think Henry's and Connolly's red hair are linked?). The show is sufficiently creepy but could definitely be more stylish and not as brightly lit to really bring out the effect (that scene where they encountered the strange structure was a good example). But, like Wayward Pines, it is the mystery - who/what is Drill and what does he/she/it want? - that hooked us in and here's hoping it can sustained it through the summer season.

Episode 2, "Hide & Seek": The always doubting partner needs to go. He's more annoying than useful. Drill is still mysterious but they need to give us a bit more breadcrumbs with regards to its origin. Same for Ventimiglia's backstory. Rabe is watchable but the rest of the cast not so much. The domestic problems of Wes and Kristen Connoll's character is annoying. At least we got a Ventimiglia shower scene, but he needs a haircut. 


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