Netflix, Sci Fi veterans, and the Wachowskis sounds like a promising mix for a TV show, but the first 2 episodes are more confusing than entertaining. The series follows the mysterious lives of eight psychically linked strangers across different continents who suddenly find themselves seeing the world through each others eyes. It sounded like a cross between Lost, Heroes, and Babble…..but it just seemed like lots of very expensive scenes that don’t show any character development. In fact, several moments felt preachy and there were entire plotlines that didn’t feature the main sci fi premise at all. Really disappointing.
The Whispers stars Heroes (and Gotham) alum Milo Ventimiglia alongside American Horror Story's Lily Rabe. The main plot of the show is based on Ray Bradbury's short story, “Zero Hour”. Both of these tidbits and the creepy suburban children featured in commercials was enough to hook us. It's a slower moving sci fi show, but it's constructed well and seems polished. The plot centers around FBI child specialist Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe) who is investigating dangerous events caused by a group of children in Washington, D.C. who claim an imaginary friend named Drill told them to do it. Her life quickly begins to overlap with the mysterious "game" the children are playing. Spielberg knows how to cast super creepy children and will probably give you the heebie jeebies at the playground.
Sense 8: FAIL The Whispers: WIN
Next week, we review SyFy's new series, Dark Matter and Killjoys...