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TV Preview: The Messengers

Emily and Mandy C. check out the first episode of The Messengers. SPOILER ALERT: Beware strange men in coveralls.

TV Preview: The Messengers

Welcome back to our TV Preview series! Over the past few months, Emily and I have checked out TV’s new fall and midseason offerings and have voiced our opinions on what’s good, what’s bad, what’s meh, and what you can avoid at all costs. Today’s our last post for this season, but we’ll see you again this fall!Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.

The Messengers

Premiered: April 17 on The CW (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

If you die after a meteorite hits Earth and come back to life with odd powers, get to Houston and avoid people named Johnny. #angelsoraliens

Familiar Faces

Shantel VanSanten as Vera Buckley

Craig Frank as Alan Harris

JD Pardo as Raul Garcia

Sofia Black D’Elia as Erin Calder

Victor Slezak as Joshua Silburn, Sr.

Joel Courtney as Peter Moore

Diogo Morgado as The Man

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Lora Martinez-Cunningham as Nurse Pepper

Anna Diop as Rose Arvale

Madison Dellamea as Amy Calder

Jon Fletcher as Joshua Silburn, Jr.

Katy Rowe as Charlotte Silburn

Lexi Atkins as Alice

Redeeming Qualities

Emily: Normal people suddenly getting super powers? What's not to like? I'm a big fan of new mythology, and even though I have no idea where this show is going, it seems to have a mission. As far as the casting goes, there's no one I don't like, but I do think Erin is my favorite so far.

Mandy: Y’all know how we feel around these parts about our CW shows. Even when they’re terrible, they’re kind of addicting. And even the terrible ones tend to get really good when you least expect it. The channel has gotten a bit more—dare I say it—adult recently, too, and The Messengers fits right in with that new leaning.* The show is dark, somewhat gritty, and has a great mix of cast members. I’m very curious to find out more about this mysterious meteorite/The Man/the powers all of the people who died have suddenly developed. Also: FITZ. I am really excited to see Craig Frank on my TV (and not in that terrible, short-lived Mixology show).

*I don’t mean to say that it’ll ever completely shy away from the ridiculous and ridiculously awesome drams, of course. That would just be stupid.

It's Not Me, It's You

Emily: I found myself watching the pilot with my head cocked to the side going, "Now, what's happening?" I couldn't tell (and maybe this is the point) if these "Messengers" are good or bad. Two (Raul and Peter) of them killed people, and one (Joshua) of them basically resembles every stereotypical cult leader on TV right now. Yet, they all have wings. Does that automatically make them good guys? Whose side are we on? The whole pilot felt like a preamble. We got the "who," but I'm in desperate need of the "what" and "why" before I can care.

Mandy: I worry that the religious undertones of the show could be a problem, regardless of if they go good or bad. I’m not a religious person by nature, but that doesn’t mean I want to watch a show that drags people’s views through the mud. Alternatively, I’d rather not watch a show that gets a little too preachy—in any way—if you know what I mean?

Let's Do This Again

Emily: It just didn't draw me in enough to fully commit. My DVR is super backed up right now, so I can pretty much guess that I'll let the next few episodes record, and then once they start stacking, I'll probably delete them all.

Mandy: What are the messengers? Will they all eventually find their way together? Is The Man really the Devil? Is the baby Joshua’s … or his father’s? (GROSS.) I’m left with so many questions, and I want to know the answers. So yes, I’ll continue watching this one. You’ve got my number, CW.


Did you watch The Messengers? If so, let us know your thoughts below!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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