Last night, something really special premiered on NBC — Awake, a new show about a man trapped between two alternate realities. But really, Awake is about the power of dreams, and the ways in which grief can feel like a dream you can't wake up from.
It's only March, and already 2012 has given us two movie-quality TV pilots — the first being the first hour of The River, a show which has thus far failed to live up to that first episode's potential. Awake is definitely another pilot that almost feels a movie compressed into an hour, both with its lovely imagery and with its deft, fascinating character development. It's rare to get one movie-quality pilot in a given year, so two in two months is amazing.