The Messengers Series Premiere - Awakening
A mysterious object crashes on earth and a group of unconnected strangers die from an energy pulse it emits, but then re-awaken to find out that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse.
April 17, 2015
The latest offering by CW, The Messengers, fits perfectly into the paranormal niche the network has carved for itself. Though it’s not perfectly clear which direction the show will be heading, the premiere does manage to offer an intriguing opening for the series by creating a lot of questions and answering none of them.
Beginning with a random shooting in a parking lot, the first half of the premiere is pretty much just an introduction of characters. Each character is given a brief introduction that does nothing more than highlight the differences between them.
First, there is Vera (Shantel VanSanten), a scientist tracking extra-planetary activity. Something is headed for earth and she is excitedly tracking it with her partner… just before she steps outside to see it and is killed by the shockwave that results from its impact.
Next up is Raul (J. D. Pardo) who initially appears to be a rather shady fellow who has gotten in too deep. Eventually, it’s clear that he is some kind of undercover agent. He is killed by the same shockwave and drops dead while everyone else seems to be totally unaware that anything has happened.
Erin (Sofia Black D’Elia) is a single mom and, judging by the phone call she receives, isn’t on the best of terms with her ex. Erin and her daughter load up into her car and get on the road just in time for the shockwave to come along and kill her as well.
Joshua (Jon Fletcher) is a televangelist, and we meet him with his pregnant wife as he’s ready to take the stage. Just as he’s getting started with his Joel Osteen impersonation, the shockwave comes through the airwaves and kills him on live television.
Finally, there is Peter (Joel Courtney) who is the youngest character introduced, and he is in high school where he is less than happy. After a confrontation with the local bully, which is only ended because a girl stands up for him, Peter goes for a swim. The shockwave catches him mid-breaststroke and he goes under before finishing the lap.
After going to the trouble of killing off 5 people in the first part of the show, everyone comes back to life. Since they were only gone for a couple of minutes, no one thinks much about it. Of course, with everything else going on, why would they?
Vera and her partner take off to find the impact site of whatever caused the shockwave, but we already know the cause–a naked man falling to earth. The Man (Diogo Morgado) is long gone by the time they arrive at the site, which also happens to be the location of the first nuclear bomb test, Trinity Site.
The rest of the show is mainly filler that leads up to revealing that each of the five people affected by the shockwave have come back changed somehow. Raul can now hear people’s thoughts, Erin can heal people with her tears Rapunzel-style, Peter now has super strength, and preacher-man Joshua gives a special message about Revelation starting.
While everyone else is finding out about their new abilities, Vera is confronted by The Man in her home. Apparently her son was kidnapped once upon a time, and The Man claims to have information that he will give her if she kills someone for him.
In the end, we’re not left with much information, except that everyone has some kind of power now, they all have angel wings, The Man is not a good person, and everyone seems to be drawn to Houston for some reason. Maybe next week we’ll figure out why.
I have to say that this show isn’t what I expected going into it. Of course, I’m not really sure exactly what I expected so that’s not really surprising. The show seems to be willing to explore some interesting territory, and with the subject matter being focused on Revelation, it offers some intriguing possibilities.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the show is Diogo Morgado. Mostly known for his portrayal of Jesus in The Bible and Son of God, Morgado seems to be playing the other end of the spectrum by taking on the role of The Man. By the end of the episode, it’s fairly clear that The Man is actually Lucifer in the flesh. Since Morgado has spoken several times about how his portrayal of Christ has affected his faith, I am very interested in seeing how he will perform in this role.
While it is an interesting subject, using Revelation as the core storyline for the show could either turn out very good or very bad. It’s too soon to say, but I definitely advise caution, since the CW has a track record of tossing out the Bible whenever it addresses any religious content. If you have any doubts about that, just go watch a couple seasons of Supernatural (which I love), and you will get a good idea of what I mean.
All in all, the premiere is interesting and the show seems like it can be successful if handled the right way. Only time will tell, but I’ll continue watching and hope for the best!
What did you think of the premiere of The Messengers? Let me know in the comments section below.
While this show is relatively mild in language and content, I would not consider it appropriate for anyone under 16 years of age.
Language/Crude Humor – H*** is used often as an expletive. I didn’t catch any other cursing after two viewings, but it’s possible that I missed something. Peter’s friend makes a joke which is obviously referring to male genitalia.
Violence/Gore – The show opens with a shooting in a parking lot. There is a scene where Raul is being beaten and his attackers are shot. Later, there are more shots and two men are killed. The five main characters are killed by the shockwave. There is a car accident which results in bloody wounds. A fight between teenagers lasts for around two minutes, and one of the boys is killed. When The Man crawls out of the impact crater, he is covered in burns.
Sexual Content/Nudity – Peter’s friend is wearing shorts short enough to be immodest. The Man is nude when he falls out of the sky. Nothing is shown, but it’s clear that he is naked. At the pool, everyone is in a swimsuit. Joshua learns that his pregnant wife had an affair with his father, and the fact that the child may not be his is discussed.
Drug/Alcohol Use – There is a party scene where teens are drinking.
Spiritual Content – The subject matter is spiritual in nature, but in this episode it is very general. There is one verse, John 10:10, mentioned, but it is not expanded upon. The characters that are killed and brought back are given special abilities, and in times of emotional distress they appear to have angel wings. This seems to imply that they have actually become angels themselves.
*All photos courtesy of CW
+ Intriguing premise that could be good if it's done right
- The premiere had more commercials than show
- A lot of stage setting with not a lot of action