Are we ready to take a chance on the next broadcast network scifi show? Reverie is created by Mickey Fisher (Extant, The Strain), executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest), Dennis Haysbert (Allstate car insurance commercials, President Palmer on 24), Jessica Lu (Awkward), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case). That’s a pretty great pedigree.
NBC’s description of the show’s premise:
“This grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior, who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when her former boss, Charlie Ventana (Dennis Haysbert), brings her in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in an immersive, highly advanced virtual reality program in which users can live out their wildest dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.”
In one of the videos below, star Sarah Shahi describes it as “a psychological thriller set in a virtual reality world.”
What do you all think? Are you interested in this show? They are playing up the character aspects and playing down the technological aspects of the virtual reality in the previews. Does that make you more or less interested?
I think Sense8 does a great job of emphasizing the characters and their stories, but pulling the science in at important moments. I’d love it if this show could pull that same mix off, though I doubt it’ll be as intense as Sense8. This looks like it will at least start out as more of a case of the week show, with the main character gradually working out her issues as a season or series long arc. It could be good for the show’s longevity to not be overly serialized, if they can find the right balance and have the theme of each week’s case match what Mara is dealing with that week. That might get it a 3-5 season run instead of 1-2.
Image courtesy of NBC.