Do you believe in life after Deception, Do No Harm, Smash, Welcome to the Family, Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show? NBC sure does! The network is still debuting new series in hopes of finally launching a bona fide hit to coexist alongside The Voice and The Blacklist. That's dedication! Aaaaand also life in the television industry. But anyway, NBC's newest offering is Believe, an hour-long supernatural drama and the latest show get the Hey TV.com, Is This Show Garbage or Should I Watch It? treatment. Is it naive to believe this one might actually be worth your time? Read on to find out!
Believe? Please tell me this is that Cher series I've been dreaming about!
Sadly, no, it's nothing like that (don't stop
believing dreaming, though!). Believe is a supernatural series about Bo, a 10-year-old girl with extraordinary abilities—including levitation, telekinesis, seeing the future, and more—that she hasn't yet learned to control. She's being hunted by an unseen organization that wants to use her powers for presumably nefarious purposes. After her foster parents are murdered, she's placed in the care of an escaped Death Row inmate named Tate—but don't worry, he's a good guy—and the series will follow the two of them as they attempt to stay hidden while also using Bo's powers to help people they meet along the way.
Who believed in this idea enough to make it into a TV show, and who stars in it?
Believe was created by and is executive produced by Alfonso Cuarón. You probably know him as the man who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Okay, fine, OR as the newly Oscar'd director of Gravity. Also on board as an EP is J.J. Abrams, whose claim to fame is that he lied to the world about Benedict Cumberbatch's role in Star Trek: Into Darkness. He hasn't done much else. Alright, sure, except for Lost, Fringe, and a bunch of other stuff. As for the cast, newcomer Johnny Sequoyah plays Bo, the girl at the center of the series, while Jake McLaughlin (Crash) is Tate, the Death Row inmate who's tasked with keeping her safe. When the series begins, the rest of the characters' roles are a bit confusing, but here's what I do know: Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time) and Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code) play Channing and Winter, respectively; they're the supposedly good guys who break Tate out of jail so that Tate can protect Bo. Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) is the powerful Skouras, who once won a humanitarian award but may or may not be in charge of the unseen baddies trying to kidnap Bo. And Arian Moayed (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) plays Corey, who appears to be some sort of tech guy for the dark side but only appears in the pilot for about five seconds.
When can I start Believe-ing?
Believe makes its debut as on Monday, March 10 at 10pm on NBC, as a "special preview" after The Voice. It'll move to its regular Sundays-at-9pm time slot on March 16, where it'll face competition from The Good Wife on CBS, the brand-new Resurrection on ABC, and at the outset, Cosmos on Fox and The Walking Dead on AMC and Shameless on Showtime. Good luck, show!
Who might enjoy Believe?
Viewers who don't usually consider themselves fans of shows with a supernatural or paranormal foundation might find themselves drawn to Believe because it's broad enough to appeal to a mass audience. While Bo and Tate are running to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, they're also using Bo's extraordinary powers for good, which gives the series a procedural element as well.
Tell me why I should believe in Believe!
Cuarón directed the pilot, which means it looks really great. And there's a fun dynamic between Tate and Bo that infuses this otherwise dramatic series with some very enjoyable humor. He gets exasperated with her because he doesn't really want to be her babysitter, and she's outspoken in a way that sometimes makes you forget she's only 10 years old. As a whole, the series has the potential to please several different audiences: Fans of genre TV will automatically be drawn in by the subject matter, while the procedural element might appeal to more casual viewers while also preventing the series from getting too bogged down in its own mysterious mythology.
Why should I be wary of Believe?
The premise is hardly original: A young girl with mysterious powers is in danger because evil people are trying to capture her and exploit her abilities. And even though it's got two Big Names on its creative team, Believe doesn't feel like anything you couldn't find elsewhere. Television is currently pretty saturated with genre shows, so to stand out, Believe will quickly need to tighten up its writing and make its storylines less predictable. While there IS a twist in the pilot, it comes off as more a "Yeah, I figured" moment rather than an "OMG!" one. Finally, while the show poses plenty of questions, they aren't necessarily that compelling.
So, should I watch it?
If you're interested in this type of show, I'd say yeah, go ahead and check it out. There's really nothing inherently wrong with it, it just needs some work, which is pretty standard for a pilot.
Let's take a look at a trailer then!
Here you go! And if you like it, why not also check out the first two minutes of the pilot?
Believe premieres Monday, March 10 at 10pm on NBC.
AIRED ON 6/15/2014
Season 1 : Episode 12