Checked out the first two episodes of The Crossing. First, not the greatest title. For some reason it makes me think of The Bridge or some spy movie, when it’s actually a time travel thriller. I get it, but for me, it didn’t click.
The premise is solid and ingenious and this really isn’t giving anything away as they tell us in the first episode: people travel back to our time from the future to escape oppression– immigrants. Pretty timely, no pun intended, given current events.
Also, the opening is scary– they appear in our time in the ocean, below the surface. That’s like, oh shit. Bummer. So most drown.
The protagonist, Steve Zahn, is good– still love him from his comedy movie Happy, Texas.
The woman who develops as the female lead from the immigrants–without too much spoiler– we see her back story in episode two and I really hope there’s more to it than her randomly making a decision one day to switch sides just because she sees a baby. I mean, what, she never saw one before? So she throws away everything? If it doesn’t give me more depth on WHY that day, she decided to entirely flip sides, I don’t think I can keep going with it. Also, the conspiracy thing is, I don’t know, getting kind of old where we don’t know who the good guys and bad guys are. I get it, I do it in my writing too, but at a point when I don’t have a vested interest in the characters, it’s hard to stay. Even Zahn was given a kind of boilerplate character: the sheriff who is separated/divorced and trying to maintain a relationship with his son, but you know, hey these time travelers keep getting in the way.
Nevertheless, an intriguing premise and lots of possibilities in story. Worth hanging on for some more episodes. Cool Gus rates it, he’ll keep watching if I give him a treat.
Originally published at bobmayer.com on April 11, 2018.