After having reviewed the DEBRIS pilot, I’ve continued watching the show. As I’ve enjoyed the series, I’ve decided to pick up reviewing it weekly to fill my weekly sci-fi itch. So, what is DEBRIS? DEBRIS is a spiritual successor to shows like the X-FILES and FRINGE. Like those shows, DEBRIS features a pair of mismatched partners who solve a sci-fi mystery of the week. Those shows featured ‘monster of the week’ standalone episodes and mythology episodes. Whereas DEBRIS has both elements, but (and I feel guilty about saying this given the genius of those shows) the concept of the show allows it to use them both more effectively.
The show uses the concept of alien debris crashing to earth to tie all of the weekly episodes together. Each piece of debris has its own unique powers, which allows the show to have a standalone story each week, while tying them all to the overall storyline. Meanwhile, the show seamlessly integrates the overall mystery and conspiracy storylines in each episode, as opposed to devoting some episodes to the larger story.
Each episode also has a heartfelt sense of loss, and this episode is no exception. When the debris of the week causes a killer raincloud to descend on a family farm, Bryan (Jonathan Tucker) and Finola (Riann Steele) have to try to figure out a way to save them. Each episode so far has managed to bring an original take on the debris. This particular episode required Bryan and Finola to use spacesuit type gear to protect themselves, which heightened the sense of ‘other’ in the episode as they tried to interact with the impacted residents..
Tucker and Steele have quickly developed the partner chemistry that makes this type of show work. Interestingly, while Bryan and Finola have some personality differences, the show avoids the ‘skeptic/believer’ or ‘slob/neat freak’ tropes many partner shows rely on. Instead, DEBRIS relies on the fact that they report to different agencies and secrets related to the overall conspiracy storyline to drive the wedge between them. This episode was the first episode where their strategies were at odds as well. Tucker gives Bryan warmth and a sense of mystery, making him the character I want to know more about. This episode drops some tantalizing hints about his past.
If you haven’t seen DEBRIS yet, each episode thus far has contained a standalone story that can be enjoyed even if you don’t pick up on the overall mythology elements of the show. I recommend starting DEBRIS from the beginning, but if you don’t have time to catch up, don’t let that stop you from giving it a try.
DEBRIS airs Mondays on NBC at 10pm Eastern and Pacific.
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