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TV Preview: BEYOND

Comas apparently do a body good.

TV Preview: BEYOND

Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In this half of said series, Emily, Kandis, Rosemary and I will take a look at shows featured in our TV Preview: Midseason Shows post, and let you know what we think you should—and shouldn’t—be watching.

Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.

Beyond

Premiered: Jan. 2 on Freeform (Watch online.)

Twitter Pitch

Young man wakes up from a 12-year coma to find that everything’s changed. #leduh #notsayingitsaliensbut

Familiar Faces

Romy Rosemont as Diane Matthews

Michael McGrady as Tom Matthews

Jonathan Whitesell as Luke Matthews

Peter Kelamis as as-yet-unnamed bad guy

Alex Diakun as Arthur

Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)

Burkely Duffield as Holden Matthews

Jordan Calloway as Kevin

Dilan Gwyn as Willa

Redeeming Qualities

Emily: The premise is super cool. A teenager who goes into a coma and wakes up as an adult with super powers, yet missed the whole "growing up" part. It feels a little Kyle XY (which I loved) and could be a fascinating character study. Also, love the little brother/big brother role reversal. The tie scene totally got to me.

Kandis: The premise is interesting. I like the dynamic between Holden and his brother. I'm somewhat curious about what life has been like for Jeff, the guy who's obviously been blamed for putting Holden in the coma, yet we know he didn't.

Mandy: I’m fascinated by where Holden (or his consciousness) went for 12 years, and what kind of powers he has/where he got said powers. I’m also curious as to who’s hunting him and why. I found it kind of amusing, too, to watch Holden bumble around being an adult after only remembering how to be a kid.

Rosemary: The cast and acting feel strong—nothing mind blowing, but still good. I love Yellowjacket as a villain—what a creep! And the premise feels like something they could get a lot of mileage out of.

It's Not Me, It's You

Emily: I'm sure this show was sold on the "supernatural abduction" premise, but I just don't care. I want good and interesting relationships and characters with lots of layers. The villains feel flat, and I'm just not connecting with anyone (except the little brother ... he feels the most real). Plus, the family seems to super easily slip back into a normal way of life. Even in a supernatural show, you've got to have something that feels realistic. This doesn't seem to have any of that.

Kandis: Waking up after 12 years in a coma would be disorienting. So much has changed, and you've missed so many things. Would you be in a state of arrested development, having missed out on your youth? Yeah, this show doesn't really care about any of that. They just want to get with the creepy flashbacks, and visions that we don't understand yet. And Holden's love interest, from his unconscious years, why does she seem so much older than him? That's distracting.

Mandy: Pretty much everyone in the show was more interesting to me, or at least more engaging, than Holden. And I think the showrunners made a conscious choice to cast someone with a babyface, but the fact that Burkely looks younger than people he’s supposed to be way older than merely confused me.

Rosemary: There seemed to be some plot holes with this coma business—specifically the way Holden just popped out of his coma and got back to business. I'm no expert but if you were in a coma for TWELVE YEARS you wouldn't wake up a strapping, handsome teenager. Seems like you'd have loss of muscle mass, you'd be pale and sallow, you'd still act like a kid. I get that he was "living" elsewhere but it seemed like that was more dream state than reality, so at least physically, his original body wouldn't be affected? Maybe that's the point? IDK.

Let's Do This Again

Emily: I don't think so. Honestly, I've been rewatching the first season of Pretty Little Liars (which I know is ridiculous, but I love anyway), and the whole time I was watching Beyond, I really just wanted to go back to PLL. I think that says something.

Kandis: I'm on the fence. I found myself really bored during Holden's hallucinations, so I'm not sure I'm curious enough about the cgi-land he's been in for the last 12 years to tune back in.

Mandy: I might give it at least one more chance, simply because my curiosity currently outweighs my disinterest. But if that changes, I’m out.

Rosemary: Probably not. I checked a lot of emails and did a lot of bullet journaling while this was on. If the first episode couldn't hold my attention, I don't know that subsequent eps will.


Did you watch? 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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