In NBC’s latest drama, Believe, which premiered Monday night (10/9c), Jake McLaughlin (TV’s Crash) plays a wrongfully accused death row inmate named Tate who is given the task of protecting a young girl (newbie Johnny Sequoyah) with supernatural abilities.
But was Believe magical enough to conjure a loyal audience?
Before you vote in the poll below, a brief recap. After her foster parents are killed in a car crash, young Bo is sent to the hospital. There, a group of bad guys are waiting to kidnap her because it turns out Bo is not your typical 10-year-old. Aside from singing super creepy songs in cars (a must for any good drama starring a young child), Bo seems to have some rather intriguing supernatural gifts, which include the ability to read minds, manipulate nature and possess pigeons.
Luckily for her, Bo’s got a pair of protectors looking out for her, including a man named Winter (Delroy Lindo, Kidnapped) and a woman named Channing (Once Upon a Time‘s Jamie Chung), both of whom are dedicated to keeping the young girl safe — so much so that they call upon Tate to help keep Bo from the evil clutches of Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan, Desperate Housewives), a mysterious mastermind who wants to capture the girl and study her abilities.
When Channing asks, “Why Tate?,” Winter reveals that Tate is actually Bo’s father. The episode ends with Tate and Bo escaping to Philadelphia.
Co-created by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe), Believe is an ambitious show that leaves us with many questions. For instance, what is with the blue butterfly? What exactly does Skouras want with Bo? Does Bo have other powers? And will Tate ever discover he is Bo’s father?
Note: Believe moves to its regular time slot on Sunday, March 16, at 9 pm.
Now, let’s hear what you have to say. Grade the new series via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.Follow @classyjgalassi