Color us intrigued. Ahead of its premiere, ABC has released a nine-minute sample of its new mystery drama Emergence, and, yes, if they were hoping to get our attention, it worked.
The footage is the first few scenes of the freshman fall series, and it shows Fargo's Allison Tolman stepping back into a police uniform as Jo Evans, a police chief called out to investigate a small plane crash at the beach after the city's power and cellular service have been knocked out. There, she finds a little girl hiding behind a sand dune.
The girl, played by Alexa Swinton, doesn't know her name or where her home is, but she doesn't have a scratch on her. If that's not strange enough, agents of the National Transportation Safety Board then show up at the hospital where Jo had taken the child and start being quite aggressive, demanding to speak with the child ... until the girl manages to slip out of the hospital unseen. It's then that Jo's fellow officer, Owain Yeoman's Benny Gallagher, reveals that the NTSB team that had been chasing down the mysterious girl where not the real agents the local officers had called to the scene. Dun dun dun!
In the final moment of this preview, Jo returns to her car, but can't get it to work. She then notices that the raindrops falling on her windshield appear to be dripping sideways instead of down. That's when our mystery girl pops up from the backseat and says simply, "Don't be mad."
We don't yet know if our pint-sized new friend is telekinetic, radioactive or what, but we do know that there's more to her story and it'll draw Jo into a major conspiracy, with this little one at the center of it. Sounds like Stranger Things fans just got a little something to tide them over between seasons.
Emergence premieres on ABC on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c.