'Awake': Are viewers 'Guilty' of impatience with Michael Britten?
"Awake" viewers could learn a thing or two from John Cooper, the convict who kidnapped Michael Britten's ( Jason Isaacs) son, Rex ( Dylan Minnette), in one world on Thursday's (March 15) episode and gave Britten the information to locate him in the other one. Watching -- or rather, enjoying -- the NBC show is all about patience and, as the first three episodes have proven, not just about trying to figure out which reality is the real one and which is a dream.
That said, each of the 13 episodes in the season, which as Isaacs says, are basically like 13 separate movies, do act as building blocks on one another, allowing viewers to collect clues.
So what clues did episode 3, "Guilty," give fans about the state of affairs in Britten's dual realities?
- Isaacs has previously said that the writers have license to do more and more outrageous things with the show because one of the realities is a dreamscape -- and they can take advantage of that. The nurse at the dialysis center helped Cooper escape in the Rex reality, which one could argue is far too outrageous a plot point to be reality.
- Det. Freeman ( Steve Harris), Britten's partner in the Rex world, suggested he go home and get some rest, which then inspired him to take some sleeping pills to go to the alternate reality to get clues about his missing son. Does Freeman know something?
"Guilty" also explored more of Hanna's ( Laura Allen) and Rex's lives away from Britten -- so what does that mean for the possibility of one of them not existing? Simply that Britten dreams about aspects of their lives in which he doesn't exist?
What did you think of the episode?