Director: not listed
Writers: (created by) Adam Nussdorf
Starring: Burkely Duffield, Jordan Calloway, Dilan Gwyn, Romy Rosemont, Michael McGrady, Jonathan Whitesell, Jeff Pierre
Duration: 43 minutes
The pilot of Beyond starts out a lot like an episode of the X-Files, complete with an eerie unexplained encounter in the woods at night.
I enjoyed the pilot for Beyond, a new genre series that’s beginning simultaneously with the new year. I don’t mean to say it stood out as ‘the’ new show that impressed me as the next big hit of genre television, but it was a solid well done piece of entertaining tv without any glaring faults.
Beyond is an American drama television series created by Adam Nussdorf about a man who is in possession of supernatural powers after waking up from a coma. All ten episodes will be available for streaming (Freeform app, Freeform.com, On Demand, and Hulu).
When I say supernatural I don’t mean the sort of stuff you might find on Supernatural the long-lived tv series, but the sort of stuff you might find on a series like the X-Files.
The pilot sets up the premise by depicting a scene from the lead character’s tween years, as an innocuous enough hang out session for two friends turns ugly when the hostile older brother of one of them results in an encounter that turns violent when one comes to the aid of the other. This leads to a chase that results in an accident when the lead character, Holden (portrayed as his younger self by Dylan Schmid) falls off his motorbike when attempting to escape through the woods at night
He’s stunned by the fall temporarily and after he rises and begins to regain his senses, his crashed motorbike suddenly starts itself up without being touched. This is followed by objects in the area, including a walkie-talkie he is holding suddenly beginning to float in the air. The standard UFO encounter stuff, but there’s no sign of little green men at this point or later in the episode either. This is almost immediately followed by a blinding white light from above him and thats where the scene ends.
Afterwards Holden Matthews (Burkely Duffield) wakes from a 12-year coma and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now that he is out of his coma, Holden must figure out what happened to him during the past dozen years and how to survive in the world that has changed significantly while he was in his coma. But perhaps the biggest question of all is why it happened to him.
Holden suddenly regains consciousness puzzled by his surroundings and circumstances. His condition is not normal for someone that’s been through what he has. His muscles are not atrophied nor are there any other physical indications he has been in a coma for twelve years. His parents arrive and insist on taking hm home despite the doctor wanting to keep him for observation. They arrive home to the standard portrayal of a crazed press waiting to assail them with questions and requests for interviews.
The show wastes no time transitioning into the strange and mysterious occurrences that begin almost right after he gets home. he starts having strange dreams and wakes up back in the woods the next morning much to his mother’s dismay, and it keeps happening, he goes to bed at night and wakes up in the woods. An attempt to do a cat scan results in the near destruction of the device and someone breaks into his doctor’s office and ransacks it.
At one point Holden and his friend Kevin are attacked and Holden demonstrates the ability to send their attackers flying through the air when he gets emotional, which seems to trigger his ability to tap into his mysterious new powers.
The show is all about the mystery surrounding what happened to Holden and it uses a lot of suspense and a little action to keep us interested in finding out what exactly is going on. The cast is likable enough and the show seems like it might be good enough to help fill in the last few weeks of the winter break from our regular shows. Its too soon to determine whether the following episodes will prove this series to be good enough to watch all 10 episodes, but the pilot did show at least some promise.