First off, thanks to everyone who pointed me in the direction of ABC's official
Day Break website (check it out
here). I was surprised, actually, by how much the FAQ on there gives away: it specifically outlines the rules the time repeating operates by (if he dies, he stays dead end of story), and it promises to finish up this day's plotlines within the first season. I expected that last part, but I thought it was unusual for the show's creators to let us know this right off the bat. Maybe they just don't want potential audience members to worry that they'll be dragging this story out forever. And it's left deliberately unclear whether or not they'll explain what's causing the time repeating, although the other interviews that I've read suggest that it's never going to be solved.
Watching this second episode, I'm even more impressed with how neatly the pieces of the puzzle fit together. It's clever how we see events in the different versions of the day that seem unrelated, and then realize how one explains the next. For example, in day one (according to this episode at least) Brett and Andrea find a dead body floating in Baxter the lawyer's swimming pool. Later on, Brett is kidnapped by some of Damien's goons and watches as Baxter is executed right in front of him. The next day has Brett connecting the dots: he's at the house early enough this time to watch those same goons show up, kill the girl and take him and Baxter captive. Neat.
I still have tons of questions though, and not just about how the metaphysics of time repeating work. Weren't we in the middle of a day at the end of the previous episode? Not that it's a huge deal, since it just means we have to assume that Brett didn't do much of importance that night. He had to kill some time in order to make it to 6:18 am and have everything reset maybe we're just missing hours of him doing sudoku or playing skeeball.
Also: are the attack on Damien's safe house and Brett's framing for the murder of Alberto Garza related? There's no definite answer to that one yet, although both of them happening on the exact same day would be an incredible coincidence. Maybe Garza's murder is being used to keep Brett occupied while the Latin Disciples eliminate Damien?
And I liked Brett's method of saving the woman from getting hit by the bus, yelling at her over the phone to get to work instead of dragging her out of harm's way. "I said don't stop for coffee!" he barks into his cell phone as she ignores his first warning. Although it seems like just a gag, I wonder if this is a clue to how Brett Hopper will solve all of the hundred different problems threatening to destroy him this day: not by racing to stop everything as quickly as possible, but by using the information he has at his disposal and his smarts.
The plot was interesting enough to keep me watching, but what I really appreciated about this episode was that it felt like it gave the characters some time to really show us who they are. Andrea reminds Brett that they've been partners for two years "I've never had a boyfriend that long," she tells him sadly and seems genuinely hurt that he's not being honest with her. Of all the people Brett has to deal with, she might be the most trustworthy. On the other hand, Baxter is revealed to be a self-serving weasel who doesn't care about anything other than saving his own skin. And although he's almost certainly part of the conspiracy, Chad might have a little bit of decency left in him; I think he actually cares about Rita's well-being, although maybe he just wants her back. Either way, I don't think he knows about or would help with her murder.
And what's Rita's secret that she's hiding? Yet another mystery for us to debate, I suppose. My favorite moment in the episode came at the very end, when Brett gazes longingly at Rita's apartment while he's speaking to her on the phone. "When will I see you again?" she asks him. His weary answer: "Tomorrow." It's a bitter joke, although of course she doesn't know it. And then Brett has to see Chad in the apartment with her. Right then, as much as I wanted the answers to all the show's questions, I was looking forward even more to seeing Brett and Rita back together and able to enjoy a little happiness without being on the run. Those two deserve it.
First off, thanks to everyone who pointed me in the direction of ABCs official Day Break website (check it out here). I was surprised, actually, by how much the FAQ on there gives away: it specifically outlines the rules the time repeating operates by (if he dies, he stays dead end of story), and it promises to finish up this days plotlines within the first season. I expected that last part, but I thought it was unusual for the shows creators to let us know this right off the bat. Maybe they just dont want potential audience members to worry that theyll be dragging this story out forever. And its left deliberately unclear whether or not theyll explain whats causing the time repeating, although the other interviews that Ive read suggest that its never going to be solved.Watching this second episode, Im even more impressed with how neatly the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Its clever how we see eve...