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"Beyond" review by Suzanne 12/31/16
Premieres January 2, 9/8c on Freeform

I watched the first 4 episodes of this show and enjoyed it. I can't wait to see the rest. At first, I thought it was scifi, but it's more fantasy. A teen, Holden, is in a bike accident and gets in a coma for 12 years. He was a 7th grader before the accident, and he wakes up in his 20's. Worse, he finds that he has these strange powers that he can't control, and he has very weird dreams. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the woods, not sure how he got there.

Holden also has weird visions of this old man and starts seeing other things that aren't really there. He meets a young woman that knows him, but he doesn't remember her. In the meantime, we learn how his family has struggled while he was in the coma. Things take a very nasty turn for his best friend, too. There are some very interesting and colorful characters in the show. The show is a little slow-moving at times, but it does improve. It's interesting to note that Tim Kring (of "Heroes") is one of the executive producers, as well as David Eick (of "Battlestar Galactica")!

I think this is a very good show for anyone, but particularly teens. It reminds me a little of the old show Kyle XY. I have to say that the only thing that bothers me is that the boy at the beginning doesn't look like a 7th grader (too old), and the man he turns into, doesn't like he's in his 20's to me (too young). But otherwise, it's a very intriguing show. You'll want to check it out for yourself.


On the Two-Hour Series Premiere of ‘Beyond,’ Airing Monday, January 2, 2017

In a Network First, All Ten Episodes of ‘Beyond’ Will Be Available Via
Digital Platforms, Including the Freeform App,, On Demand and Hulu Simultaneous with the Two-Hour Television Premiere Event on Monday, January 2

Holden Matthews wakes up from a 12-year coma to discover he’s now part of something he doesn’t understand, on the two-hour series premiere of “Beyond,” MONDAY, JANURY 2, 2017 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST). Additionally, on January 2, the entire first season of “Beyond” will be available on multiple digital platforms, including the Freeform app,, On Demand and Hulu. 

In the first hour, “Pilot,” Holden Matthews miraculously wakes up from a devastating coma to the wonderment of his parents Tom and Diane and younger brother Luke.  But the world has changed since Holden went to sleep, and he now has to navigate being an adult when all he remembers is being a child. At the same time, Holden is experiencing abilities and memories he can’t explain, and a mysterious woman named Willa warns him not to trust those around him. When a sinister stranger attacks Holden and claims he knows about his new powers, Holden is faced with uncovering just what happened to him while he was in a coma.

In the second hour, “Tempus Fugit,” Holden attempts to forget about his recent bizarre encounters and lead a “normal” life. Luke tries to help Holden acclimate to his new surroundings and brings him along to a college party. Holden hits it off with a friendly co-ed, but strange memories of Willa lead to disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, Diane and Tom try to bond with Holden as an adult. 
“Beyond” is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?

“Beyond” stars Burkely Duffield (“House of Anubis”) as Holden Matthews, Romy Rosemont (“Glee”) as Diane Matthews, Michael McGrady (“American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson”) as Tom Matthews, Jonathan Whitesell (“Once Upon a Time”) as Luke Matthews, Dilan Gwyn (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) as Willa and Jeff Pierre (“Shameless”) as Jeff McArdle.

From Imperative Entertainment and Automatik, “Beyond” is created, written and executive produced by Adam Nussdorf (“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”). Tim Kring (“Heroes”), David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”), Steven Adelson, Dan Friedkin, Justin Levy and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones serve as executive producers.

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