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"Falling Water" review by Suzanne 9/23/16
Premieres Thursday October 13 at 10/9c on USA Network

Normally I love all science fiction, but this show is really weird. I watched a few episodes, and I really still don't know what's going on. I guess they like it that way, but to me, it's kind of irriating. Since the show is about dreams, you don't always know what's real or when they're dreaming. They should make it more hazy and dreamlike when they're dreaming. Dreams are not sharp and focused like reality.

Anyway, the show is about (I think) how some people are connected by their recurring dreams, and some people are able to tap into other people's dreams with their brains.  But it's also about some kind of shadowy conspiracy that's killing people and has something to do with Topeka (The capital of Kansas? I have no idea if that's the Topeka it's talking about or not).

Lizzie Brocheré plays Tess, a woman that thinks she had a baby, even though no one can confirm it (did she never take any photos of herself pregnant or have a baby shower? WTF?). Tess's job is to spot fashion trends, and it's clear that she might be a little bit psychic.  She keeps dreaming about having the baby and having it taken away, and about a little blond-haired boy.  David Ajala plays Burton, who works for an investment bank called The Firm, fixing their problems. After he has a date with a woman he knows (they're broken up) and they go to bed, she is kidnapped by some mysterious men, who knock him unconscious. He searches for her but can find no trace of her, and he's very suspicious about some people who work at The Firm that have been acting weird. Burton is very good at finding things out. Will Yun Lee plays Take, a detective, who starts investigating some bizarre murders. Also, he keeps having strange dreams about his mother when she was younger (she's catatonic) and also sees that same blond boy.  These are the three main characters.

I only recognize a few actors, including Revolution's Zak Orth as a Bill-Gates-type of guy that thinks that people can share information via their dreams the way they do now with computers.

After watching 4 episodes, it seems like one of those shows, like "Lost," where you don't really know what's happening. I think they might be trying to make it like "The Matrix," but it doesn't have nearly as much action or adventure as either of those shows. It's a bit slow-moving.  I can't imagine that you could really make a fast-paced show about dreams, though, so therein lies the problem.

I'm not saying it's a bad show, even though it's a bit slow and weird.  It's got a lot of interesting parts, and I really like the characters in it. It's up to you to decide whether you want to keep watching to see what's behind all of this dreaming stuff.

I believe they showed the first episode this week, but the rest of the series debuts October 13.


Short Summary: A mind-bending drama, FALLING WATER is the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream.  Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them.   The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas. That the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.

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Longer summary:

Debuting Thursday, October 13 at 10/9c, FALLING WATER is the story of three unrelated people each motivated by different factors – a woman searching for her son, a man searching for his lover, a son trying to heal his mother. As their stories unfold, they realize they are all dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Which raises the question, if they can alter the course of their dreams – and as a result their own lives – can they do so to the lives of those around them?

FALLING WATER delves into questions that society has always thought of when asked about the dreaming world: “What if the events in our dreams are trying to tell us something?” and “What happens with a person allows their dreams to influence their own reality?”

From the creative minds behind “The Walking Dead” and “Brotherhood,” executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Blake Masters look to answer those questions. Led by cast members Lizzie Brocheré, David Ajala and Will Yun Lee, FALLING WATER, dives into the power of dreams and human desire. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions.


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