DEBRIS is NBC’s latest science fiction show and I sincerely hope they find it in their hearts to give it time to play out despite low ratings (I’m forever grateful to Fox for showing patience with FRINGE). DEBRIS is essentially an X-FILES where all of the mysteries revolve around various pieces of alien space debris that fell to earth, each with their own powers. Like X-FILES, there’s an overall conspiracy plot. But unlike X-FILES, each episode combines both a ‘debris of the week’ and elements of the ongoing mythology plot. This episode is no exception.
While it opens with a bang, the effect caused by the debris this week isn’t as original as prior episodes. What it lacks in inventiveness it more than makes up with a creepy kid. If used correctly, creepy kids can elevate a story (think the blond girls, Lizzie and Mika, from THE WALKING DEAD). The episode is particularly effective because you just aren’t sure what to make of her. While the debris plot has some holes, it has enough twists to make the episode enjoyable. The best episodes of DEBRIS have a strong theme of loss, and that drives this episode as well.
In addition to the hunt for debris, the ongoing plot has some big reveals. The terrorist cell guy played by Scroobius Pip (best … name .. ever) has been a cypher for the entire series. I was kind of thinking that he let himself get caught on purpose, but this episode is making me second guess that theory as he is subjected to an intense interrogation using some cool technology.
The other theory I’ve been tinkering with is that the supposed bad guys might actually be the good guys. I have no inside information on that, it just seems like the writers are positioning Bryan and Finola to team up with her dad and the group. The British and American handlers’ sketchiness only bolsters that theory.
Thus far, the only complaint I’ve had about the show is Finola’s sister, who doesn’t seem to have much of a point yet. She’s been jammed into a few episodes so far, likely to establish the character for whatever bigger purpose the writers have in store for her. She makes another random appearance here, but there’s at least a hint that she will play a role in the ongoing story. Based on the quality of the show thus far, I’ll give the writers the benefit of the doubt.
I’ll conclude with my weekly plea for people to give this show a try, especially if you have one of those ratings boxes in your home. This is purely out of self interest. I really like DEBRIS and would love to see it get a second season.
DEBRIS airs Mondays on NBC at 10pm Eastern and Pacific.
Check back soon for my thoughts on the next episode of the show.
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