Memory on NBC

It’s amazing how many movies and TV shows there are out there that deal with memory. With some, memory isn’t necessarily what we would consider to be the main aspect. Memory sometimes works for effect, to enhance a certain idea or bring attention to a certain issue.

Personally, I’m excited for NBC’s new original series “Awake”. “Awake” focuses on detective Michael Britten who finds he is leading an arduous double life that defies reality. He cannot remember anything. He cannot remember what might be real, and what might not be. He lives two lives.

Following a tragic car accident, Britten finds himself awake in two separate realities: one where his teen son, Rex died in the crash and his wife, Hannah survived and another where Hannah has perished, leaving Michael and Rex to pick up the pieces. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive, Michael begins living in two dueling realities, churning up confusion.

Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to solving crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners, Detective Isaiah and Detective Efrem Vega. Michael is assigned a different case in each reality and quickly discovers that his dual existence is actually a powerful tool. He begins to solve impossible cases by using his two realties to gain unique perspectives and link clues that cross over from world to world.

Helping Michael to navigate his two realities are his two therapists. While both therapists work to untangle his two worlds, Michael has no interest in proving either one is false. But when memories of the accident begin to haunt him, he is forced to confront the truth about what really happened the night of the crash.

To see the official preview for the show, which premiers shortly, click on the link below. For some reason, I am unable to post the video into the blog…apparently the link isn’t even showing up. SO if you would like to see the clip if you haven’t already seen it on TV, go on youtube and search it. 🙂

“Awake” illustrates how sometimes we can manipulate our memories, which can work to our advantage, but also destroy us. The Michael is faced with memories he can’t explain, can’t understand, and must choose what memories he wants to keep in his memory. This show really highlights the intellectual power memory has on the human race.

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  1. We think a good memory is very important. Memories help us keep important events close to us. We also use our memories when it comes to math – especially learning math facts. Our teacher likes the show “Unforgettable” where the main character has a very good memory and can recall every detail she has seen.

  2. Well, the 3rd graders recognize the importance of memory!
    Anyway, the splitting of realities is an interesting concept (thank you, Einstein!) I also am fascinated with the unreliability of memory, so it will be interesting to see how the scripts will try and separate the two memories…how will they firewall the memory of what happens in one from another…Does knowing the two realities with their individual memories create a third memory? and if that is possible, why not a fourth or fifth?


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