There’s a more clearly defined structure here, and for the moment, a formula: Michael Britten uses his power (in a more cliche script he’d probably note that it’s not a power, it’s a curse) to solve the case — and in this case, the life of his son is at stake. I don’t watch Law and Order, or better yet, don’t know anything about the justice system, so it’s hard for me to say if the detective’s investigatory skills are evident or applied in a compelling way. It seemed to be pretty light on the whole figuring stuff out aspect, but there’s a lot going on in this show that the writers need to juggle, and there are plenty of cop dramas out there, many of which under the Law and Order brand.

It’s a good premise for an episode, having a guy living in one ‘dream’ and dead in the ‘other,’ and having Britten talking his way around those who don’t, obviously, believe he’s living in two realities. If the rest of the show follows this formula for stand-alone episodes, it’ll be pretty good, but I have the feeling an arc is about to rear its head, which will demystify things for better or worse. The future of the series, and this is such a dumb thing to say, depends on how much the creators thought the series through. I would highly and hugely hope that they know how the show ends, or at least, how the season ends. But I’ve said that before.

An interesting family drama moment happens here, where Michael’s son confesses to the tennis coach that he’s having trouble with his father — Michael keeps trying to reach out, and the son can’t have it. What he’s feeling is guilt: he’d rather his mother survived. Try as he may to may to make things up with his son, it won’t be enough, as he’s making up for lost time. Problem with being a police, though it sure comes in handy later on.

The next episode of Awake airs next Thursday, March 15 at 10:00pm…

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