First aired: 2016
Pros: fascinating premise, interesting characters, difficult choices, fairly diverse supporting cast
No one was prepared for the Arrival, when aliens came and separated the US into small colonies. Now, dissidents are sent to the factories, never to be seen again. When Will Bowman’s attempt to cross into another colony to find his missing son fails, he’s forced to work for the occupation, hunting down a resistance group. He doesn’t realize his wife is part of that group, and he’s just become a huge source of inside information for them.
I love that the focus of the show is on a loving couple and their struggles to survive in this new and horrible world. They’re caring for their two children and both hurting from the fact that they are unable to even look for their missing third.
The show is full of difficult decisions, from finding insulin now that the aliens have decreed that such medicines should no longer be made so only the strong survive, to who’s worth saving from a resistance standpoint.
Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies) has to be clever - and dishonest - in order to keep her husband from discovering she’s helping the resistance, which causes a lot of tension in the story, and in their relationship.
The supporting cast is excellent and wonderfully diverse. I was a bit sad that some characters disappear for a while as the focus remains firmly on the Bowman family, but it is nice seeing several POC actors in different roles.
Season 1 kept me guessing and I am really looking forward to jumping into season 2.
Note, there are 3 seasons and the show has been cancelled.