Of the creepy sci-fi "Are their extraterrestrial beings among us?" shows that are debuting this fall, this one is by far my favorite. I saw Invasion and was a bit bored, and Surface was confusing and a bit silly, but this one has a great cast and an engaging mystery. I have no idea where it is going, or how it is going to last, but that doesn't matter so much to me. I miss The X-Files, and this has the potential to fill its former Friday-night shoes if it keeps up to its premiere. Things I loved: that Molly's dog is named Monster; that Ramsey, Lucas and Fenway all question the government and their forced employment on this assignment; that there is funny dialogue wrapped around the complicated scientific stuff. What I didn't like: that William Mapother looked possessed even pre-"alien" arrival. Perhaps it's because I'm so used to thinking of him as the mysterious Ethan from Lost. Oh, and that sometimes the "questioning" seemed a little too obvious, like Cavanaugh's leading questions about Molly's dad and his watch. You just know there's got to be something to do that. And on another note, are there really people who have contingency plans for these worst-case scenarios? Somehow that makes me more than a little nervous. But I guess if writers can come up with these possibilities, then it isn't so far-fetched that the government would know about it. I just hope I'm not one of the people who are magically drawn to a subversive signal.
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