BrainDead, Episode One

I slightly saw a promo or two for this. I wondered WTF I had just seen. But otherwise I had no intention of watching it. It was on CBS, which is known for its rather conservative and staid Establishment programs. Aside from idiotic comedies and formulaic dramas, CBS fails when it enters new territory. (Yes, two decades later, I’m still seething over the way they screwed EZ Streets. Does it show? And, more recently, the idiotic Limitless that screwed writer Alan Glynn out of his credit.)

But I had free time this morning that intersected with the first episode’s availability, so I took the shot.

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I’m surprised CBS approved this. The DC setting must have fooled them. This is clearly the kind of series that would normally be on ABC.

Let me cut to the chase right now: You have to catch this!

Roll credits:

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Winstead plays a documentary filmmaker whose fundraising has collapsed. She wants to do this documentary:

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Another one by her available online ends abruptly. Because it’s unfinished due to lack of funds. She’s not exactly successful.

So she’s in the perfect position to be offered a deal by her father, who I think is some sort of political fixer.

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He’ll pay off her student loans if she’ll work with her brother for a while.

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Her brother is a Democrat Senator.

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Let’s jump back to the episode’s introduction now:

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And we open with that meteor in Russia that was captured on several cameras and everyone saw on YouTube:

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And that made me pay attention right from the start. This is a series referencing the Internet?! We’re in Mr. Robot‘s turf! Could they play on it?

Winstead is assigned by her brother to be his liaison with constituents who have problems:

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All of this is taking place while the two political parties are at loggerheads and threatening to shut down the government:

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Annnnnd… the Smithsonian has made arrangements with Russia to retrieve and ship over that meteor. However, the $40 million that was agreed on was slashed to just five million.

And that — along with the government shutting down — has very, very bad consequences. Because the meteor is carrying alien invaders!

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That’s the entire premise. I have really spoiled nothing.

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No, really, I haven’t!

The rest of it has to be seen.

It sounds questionable but it’s totally brilliant.

And it starts out questionable, but it’s totally brilliant.

It builds expertly to the point where I was laughing out loud at bits. Everything about this is worth seeing.

I really can’t rave enough about it without spoiling any of it.

Just go see it!

This is the summer’s must-see TV.

I like this so much, even the end credits deserve posting:

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2 Responses to BrainDead, Episode One

  1. richfinck says:

    Just caught this now. I think I like this. I really like Winstead. Wife says reminds her of Body Snatchers. The Roush Review in TV Guide rates it 4 out of 5 stars. Interview with creators in same issue, page 17.
    Got questions but afraid to ask. Don’t want to spoil anyone’s party. I’m setting reminder on phone to watch next Tue morning via on demand.

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