Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Review: The Fades (BBC America)
He also has dreams that are starting to come true. And he's being pulled into a world of intrigue, where the world is about to end and something new is going to take over. And he can see things nobody else can see.
He can see dead people.
His teacher, Mark, is getting a divorce from Sarah. Sarah and Neil are aware of the Fades. And when Paul and Mac run into them in the subway while looking for props for a horror film, Paul realizes ethere's something else going on.
The first thing that grabbed at the start was how much the first setting, with our main characters in a subway, looked like part of the "No Mercy" map from "Left 4 Dead". The dark, gloomy shopping mall, the shadows and surrealism of seeing something so normal cast in such a horrific light was quite inviting. Nothing says scary like flickering flourescents, long halls of mostly shadow, and a figure walking on the far end that hasn't quite noticed you yet.
There was other great imagery as well. From Sarah's sister, who attempts to exercise the touch of a Fade from Neil's eye, to Neil and Paul sitting atop a building and seeing the Fades all over the city, the shots are interesting and appealing.
At least, before now they couldn't.
And Paul is trying to come to grips with all that. All while dealing with the normal issues of a teen boy.
All in all, an interesting series. It has potential, for certain. Between the investigation of Sarah's murder after her bloody clothing is found, and the intrigue with Sarah's sister and Neil, which reminds me of The X-Files,there's a lot here to pull me in. But I'm afraid that the teen angst/love story elements could be a real turn off at the same time. If those stories don't dominate things then I can see myself watching this series regularly.