The Messengers: Do You Have Faith in The CW's New Supernatural Drama?

The final battle between Good and Evil kicked off Friday during the series premiere of The CW’s The Messengers.

Here’s what went down in a nutshell: a meteor — or something meteor-esque — crashed into Earth, causing five seemingly unrelated strangers to lose consciousness and develop supernatural abilities: visions of the future, super-human strength, etc.

Among those affected by the impact were rocket scientist Vera (One Tree Hill‘s Shantel VanSanten), single mom Erin (Gossip Girl‘s Sofia Black-D’Elia), troubled teen Peter (The Haunting Hour‘s Joel Courtney), wanted criminal Raul (Revolution‘s JD Pardo) and televangelist Joshua (City of Dreams‘ Jon Fletcher).

The impact also ushered in the arrival of The Bible‘s Diogo Morgado as a mysterious character known simply as “The Man,” though it’s pretty obvious he’s supposed to be Satan in flesh-and-blood form. In addition to being The Messengers‘ presumed Big Bad, “The Man” is also literally the only character who seems to have any idea what’s going on. Ever.

Upon meeting Vera, The Man tasks her with killing a woman in a coma who he claims is “a threat … to everything” (vague much?) in exchange for information about her missing son. That was pretty much the big twist of the pilot, unless you count Joshua finding out that his wife is carrying his father’s child; I’m still trying to figure out where that came from.

The Messengers pilot was a lot to digest, as the hour served up endless questions with almost no answers whatsoever — but did it titillate you enough to tune in next Friday? Grade the pilot below, then drop a comment with your full review.


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41 Comments
  1. Aleana says:

    I gave it a B wish we got to know more about the characters and why I know it was as the first episode but it could’ve gave us something I’ll will continue to watch

  2. E says:

    They gave me just enough to keep tuning in. I thought the pilot was a good set up and a great jumping off point for all the characters. I’m intrigued and will watch to see what happens

  3. Jess says:

    I thought it was interesting and I will be watching it next week. At the end of the broadcast it said next week’s episode was moved to Saturday night. I knew the Man was Satan. This could be a fun show.

  4. Terry says:

    Oh wow, I’ve never even heard of this show! No clue what’s on the CW anymore.

  5. Ray says:

    As if the promos didn’t make the show look bad enough, I read “The Rapture” in the series description and that’s all I needed to know not to tune in.

  6. FM says:

    I didn’t watch but it’s really making me laugh that Diogo Morgado foi directamente do Jesus Cristo para o diabo em pessoa.

    • Daya says:

      I don’t know Portuguese, but I’m pretty sure you said you think it’s funny that Diogo went from Jesus to the Devil.

      He’s in good company…Gabriel Byrne went from a priest (Stigmata) to Satan (End of Days) as well.

  7. I liked it.. ill be watching

  8. Sawyer says:

    The show did not hook me. I was hoping more sci-fi ,than the devil made me do it. Well at least Orphan Black starts tomorrow night. I would give it a C, only because I wanted to know who the Man was. I doubt I will tune back in. However I saw a promo of IZombie have not watched the show yet. The promo made me LOL. I think I may check the show out. I hear good things about it. I am not into Zombies, the lead actress seems to have some good comedic skills and acting.

    • Carol C says:

      iZombie is indeed terrific, so I encourage you to watch it on Tuesday.

    • Lizo says:

      I second that you should watch iZombie. I’m not into zombies either, but the show really isn’t about that. Not in the classical way. It’s pretty much Veronica Mars…just deader hahah. It’s a really charming, funny show.

    • Aly says:

      iZombie is definitely worth a look. I usually don’t like anything zombie related but I watched it because of the Rob Thomas connection and I have not regretted it.

  9. Daya says:

    Ahh! I knew “The Man” was Satan even without seeing the show…that’s the exact moniker they used for Gabriel Byrne’s character in “End of Days”. :D

  10. pat says:

    It is a good story. It measure your patience and it keep u wanting to know what’s next. Yes regular people can be angels

  11. Carla Krae says:

    Yeah, there was enough to make me curious. And most of the main cast was recognizable.

  12. Sara says:

    I really like it and its a pilot episode there not gonna give all the answers…and The Man may seem he is the Devil but I’m sure there are a lot twists in this story so I cant wait for more 😊

  13. Mel says:

    A lot of set up, not enough plot. Having said that, I don’t think that automatically makes it a failure and I’m a bit disappointed to see so many sites reviewing it and writing it off. The pilot could have been better, but it seems like the concept is a bit involved. It left us with enough questions to tune in next week to see what’s going on. I’ll reserve my judgement till then. For now it earned another week of my viewership.

  14. Janay Hansen says:

    We need more shows like this, specifically because the world and humanity is on the verge of something big, and lots of speculation as to what exactly we’re on the verge of. I have my own theories and opinions that coincide with shows like Supernatural and The Messengers, although I have more theories involving good and bad aliens. Humanity needs a wake-up call and shows like this help AWAKEN the mind to new and old concepts, sometimes forcing the mind to re-examine knowledge from long ago. Whether this is all fantasy and that is all … is still up in the air. Can’t wait to see what this new series will bring. I LOVE the idea of taking on the devil, love the idea of good vs evil and am a huge enthusiast of concepts both ancient and new…. Keep it coming! I can’t get enough of it!!!!! More, more, more! ;) lol PS and don’t think some of us haven’t figured out there’s messages in shows and movies lately, about light vs dark, about special beings on missions, about becoming your own hero and defeating your own personal demons…. For those of you that still have no clue about the messages, there’s this little movement called Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, (Jim Carrey is a member) they are purposely putting messages about our conciousness shift in our movies, shows and music, and some of their sites actually SAY they intend to help those on the verge of an AWAKENING. They intend to help humanity out of their spiritual slump, try to put more positive ideas in their messages. Movies like Divergent, The Giver, The Mazerunner, Strange Magic, Home, The Seventh Son, Lucy and Jupiter Ascending have these types of messages… On purpose, to aid in a person’s awakening. The first episode of The Messengers is called AWAKENING. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe NOT ;) love these messages, love these shows, keep it all coming please…. For those of us that KNOW what’s going on right now or at least have some idea… Keep it coming! :)

  15. dj says:

    Is it really fair to judge a book by the first episode?

    • dj says:

      OOPS, I meant TV show, lol

    • rinaex says:

      Doesn’t matter if it’s fair. If someone’s simply not hooked enough to want to tune in again, that’s their choice. No one’s obligated to do more than that, or even to bother watching in the first place.

  16. evababy says:

    Never heard of it. Sounds like The Misfits meets Heroes only with less diversity.

  17. mo says:

    Liked the episode but did anyone else feel like the commercials were kind of frequent in the middle part of the program.

  18. annie says:

    Weird. I am usually the one who gives marginal shows the benefit of the doubt – heck I LIKE Extant – but this show was a hot mess to me. Nothing made a lick of sense. Motivations were either obscure or wholly nonexistent. Dramatic conflict seemed artificially manufactured. It wasn’t so much the acting as the writing but regardless … no. I have utterly lost the ability to even with this show.

  19. Sheldon W. says:

    That was so bad it was good!

  20. Jason says:

    This show is awesome. CW is on a tear with all the hit shows they have right now.

  21. The preview of the next episode at the end of the pilot gave more information than the entirety of the pilot.

  22. pam says:

    I liked it. Gotta give time. Let the actors take us there. Shows a lot of promise

  23. Kyckastra says:

    I liked it and it hooked me enough to make me want to watch again. A lot of people are saying it was confusing and that it didn’t explain enough-well it IS the first episode, you can’t expect them to give away all the secrets right off the bat, what would be the fun in that? As for being confusing, I didn’t feel it was; I mean did any of you watch the pilot of Dig? Now that was a hot mess! So much so that it turned me off from wanting to watch anymore. Compared to that, this was pretty cut and dried (to me, anyway.)

  24. tony says:

    for me i like the movie .waiting for season two plz

  25. Timothy Means says:

    Would love to see more. Also, I’ve noticed in many sites a question is buzzing like crazy, who was the artist and name of the song at the end of episode 7?

  26. sbarra says:

    Are you kidding me… the messengers is like one of my best series right now.. love it love it love it… i really hope there’s a season 2 cause im gonna be really pissed if there isnt.

  27. I loved this show…. Why did CW cancel??? Was really looking forward to watching Season 2. Totally disappointed.

  28. Tholy says:

    The cancellation of the messengers is the most ridiculous move a studio could have made. If they promoted more, as netflex has done for the seris it would have gained a better following. I hope they bring it back.

  29. Linda says:

    I didn’t watch the show when it on CW but I just started watching the show on next flex, going on episode 4. I was surprised to see that the young man who plays the role of Satin, is also the same young man who played the role as Jesus in the movie “the Bible”.. I was like WOW what a role change.. I have read that CW is going to cancel it. To bad cause I think it is good so far.

  30. Yvette says:

    It caught my attention from the start. Let there be a second season!!!!