Johnny Sequoyah as Bo, Jake McLaughlin as Tate — (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)
NBC appears to be rising from the ashes creating new, better, quality shows instead of relying on re-boots that don’t work. From comedy (About a Boy, Growing Up Fisher) to game shows (Hollywood Game Night) to drama (The Blacklist), NBC is hitting the mark for good programming. Include in the mix the latest sci-fi/drama/mystery show, Believe.
Finally, after months of seeing the same commercial over and over again of a screaming little girl and a flock of birds, we finally got a chance to see what all the fuss was about last night NBC. Believe is the latest project from Executive Producer J. J. Abrams who was fortunate enough to snag the Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón of the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film, Gravity, to direct.
It is yet too soon to know exactly what this show will become, but with its’ title and subject matter, we do know that faith will be an element of the show. Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) is a special girl with powers of levitation, telekinesis, seeing the future and controlling nature. Although we don’t know for sure, we assume that she is good. Her parents died when she was very young and her current parents of two weeks get killed off from the get go. There are two groups of people after her. One, led by Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan, looking great for his age), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the girl. For what purpose? We don’t know, but it cannot be good. The other is led by Milton Winter (Delory Lindo), who aims at protecting the girl at all costs. Winter and Channing (Jamie Chung), track down Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned man who is about to face the death penalty, to watch over the girl. Seemingly an unlikely person to babysit, the show makes it clear why he was chosen by the end of the episode. When he sees her for the first time, he begins to cry. She says to him, “Do you know why you were crying? It is because you remember that you were good once.”
Bo is 10 years old and her powers have begun to get stronger. She appears to do just fine on her own. Perhaps she needs someone to watch over her as she is still a child and tends to think like one. Each episode has a tone similar to the old Touched by an Angel TV show, where Bo is able to touch the life of strangers spiritually. The first episode has an uplifting message featuring a young doctor who has little self-confidence. It also has a tone of The Fugitive, as Bo and Tate will need to travel from city to city. The two make for an unlikely pair and both will need to learn how to trust the other in order to survive.
The pilot episode features some incredible visual scenes for a TV show including that swirl of birds seen in the previews, an artistic view of a car crash and gentle blue butterflies flittering about.
Believe airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. running up against ABC’s Ressurrection, which should make for an interesting battle. If you missed the premier, you can catch it online at NBC.com or watch the “encore” presentation this Saturday night, March 15th at 10:00 p.m.