Awake

Season 1 Episode 12

Two Birds

6
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 17, 2012 on NBC
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8.6
out of 10
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  • HEISENBRITTEN

    Awake: We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges

    The NBC series changed directions this week and delivere one of the most intense hours of television we've seen all season.

  • Episode Summary

    Michael learns of the conspiracy behind the accident that killed his family and goes after Detective Hawkins in both realities. The Birds in both reality have to choose who to believe as well, and one of them will pay the price.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • A Real Change

      10
      This episode was way different than any other of the show. And another 10/10, I just couldn't deny this episode of it! The show is like Harry Potter in that in the first 11 episodes of the show, like the first 6 books/movies of Harry Potter, everything is in order and the protagonist isn't on the run/in hiding. But now in the red reality Michael is hiding from the LAPD, who are after him, as he is accused of killing Bird, and in the green reality, Michael is in a holding cell, and if Harper alerts her evil friends and they successfully get the heroine out of the storage unit before Bird and the others show up, Michael will be put in jail for killing Hawkins. How can things work out for Michael? In the red reality, if Vega finds Michael, he may listen and help him. In the green reality, if Harper decides to not alert her evil friends then Bird will find the heroine, and Michael will be free. This episode was very intense, and I can't wait to watch the finale!moreless
    • Speechless!

      10
      This episode has me speechless. It was incredible. This isn't going to be much of a review as there isn't much to say. It was the best episode of Awake, and that says a lot. Jason Isaacs did an incredible and so did Laura Innes. The whole cast this episode was amazing. Despite this being the first episode to have no cases, it worked perfectly and each scene was just as intense or even more intense then the one before it. I cannot wait to see the conclusion, but I wish that it wasn't ending.moreless
    • Perfect Episode: Amazing!

      10
      I have never given a perfect score to any episode of any TV show, I am amazed that I can unquestionalby do now with "Two Birds". This show demanded close attention on a normal basis and not every episode was compelling enough for the average TV viewer to do so. As a result "Awake" , which started without blockbuster numbers continued to languish further in ratings. For the dedicated viewer it wasn't an insurmountable problem as each episode was good and some were great. The steady viewer was rewarded with some flashes of brilliance and the feeling that the mystery of Michael's dual realities held some kind of fantastic mystery that would be revealed upon the journey. Last week's episode made that much clearer and "Two Birds" dropped it on us like a violent surgical strike! "Two Birds" grabbed the viewer by the throat and wouldn't let go to even come up for air. Never on TV have I seen such compelling tension delivered so uniformly excellent. Before "Two Birds" I was thinking "Person of Interest" was 2012's best new series, that has changed with one episode of "Awake". This is the most brilliant realization of an overall plot that I have ever viewed. I think this can be a game changer for the show. If the writers take it home in the final episodes it could guarantee a savior network will pick it up for season two. I get the feeling the writers, and the show, have only now hit a stride that will be sustained. Brilliance is the word that easily comes to mind here, this is as good as TV gets. You've noticed I have not given the plot away and that is by design. You must watch this and you should not know anything about it save the set-up of the previous episode where Michael is now privy to the fact he was supposed to be killed by another cop. To know anything about it could lessen the tremendous impact this episode delivers. Amazing! NBC is brain dead because didn't they coin the phrase: "Must Watch TV"?moreless
    Jason Isaacs

    Jason Isaacs

    Det. Michael Britten

    Laura Allen

    Laura Allen

    Hannah Britten

    Steve Harris

    Steve Harris

    Det. Isaiah "Bird" Freeman

    Dylan Minnette

    Dylan Minnette

    Rex Britten

    BD Wong

    BD Wong

    Dr. John Lee

    Wilmer Valderrama

    Wilmer Valderrama

    Det. Efrem Vega

    Kevin Weisman

    Kevin Weisman

    Detective Edward Hawkins

    Guest Star

    Joe Hursley

    Joe Hursley

    Francis

    Guest Star

    Jennifer Marsala

    Jennifer Marsala

    Detective Ellen Kramer

    Guest Star

    Laura Innes

    Laura Innes

    Captain Tricia Harper

    Recurring Role

    Daniela Bobadilla

    Daniela Bobadilla

    Emma

    Recurring Role

    Mark Harelik

    Mark Harelik

    Carl Kessel

    Recurring Role

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