Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston
Writer: Soo Hugh
Director: Kenneth Fink
Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM
Original Broadcast: March 13, 2012
Now here’s THE RIVER as it should be – a harrowing, complicated cross-cutting horror nightmare with fast-paced scares and more mysteries thrown in to the mix.
“The Experiment” lives up to the promise of what the series should have been from the start – a non-stop thrill ride filled with scares and well-placed gore.
At the end of “Doctor Emmet Cole,” we discovered that the mysterious explorer indeed survived and landed on the doorstep of some sort of remote research facility. When the crew of the Magus arrive there – the place is deserted.
As “The Experiment” begins, we soon learn why it’s deserted. A virus was unleashed during some experiments that were going on and turned everyone into flesh hungry cannibals, or quasi-zombies if you prefer.
While that would have been enough to keep my interest this episode, it was the peeling back of the layers of all the characters that really made this even better. Sure, more questions were brought up than answers, but it was great to finally start to understand why people are there and what’s really going on underneath the surface.
By episode’s end, and this is no spoiler, Emmet is found. Is he alive or dead? Well, I’ll save that info for next week’s review.
THE RIVER has been somewhat uneven during its run, but it’s still stands tall as a very groundbreaking and original television series. It’s found a way to tell a found footage TV show, and still have new mysteries week end and week out – despite the singular goal of searching for Emmet Cole.
Yes, at times the shaky cam footage can get a little tiresome and frustrating, but that’s part of the language of the show. And at eight episodes, this feels like the perfect length for a series like this.
While I’m not sure what they can do for a second season, I would still love for ABC to give the show that second chance to improve upon what worked this year and hit a home room in year 2. It’s a long shot, but hey, I’d rather see more of this than another cop show, legal drama or the fortieth sitcom about a group of friends who hang out, have sex and drink non-fat lattes.
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