Aftermath: (S01E01) "RVL 6768"

Review:

If you’re looking for a new kind of apocalyptic show filled with natural disasters, diseases that cause people to go insane and skin others alive, supernatural creatures and severed heads. Look no further than the brand new Canadian Sci-Fi series, Aftermath!

In the first episode we are introduced to the Copeland’s. A seemingly ordinary family dealing with teenage angst, snappy sarcasm and the strong will to survive. Their world slowly begins to fall apart with the appearance of odd weather patterns and natural disasters that hit too close to home. It’s clear that these occurrences will soon take on a more sinister and darker form.

It’s as though the writers of the show decided to include every bad thing you could ever imagine happening to you, and hurl them at this family, and the rest of humanity all at once. It’s overwhelming and you never know what is going to happen next. You don’t want to take your eyes of the screen just in case you miss some other form of carnage. 

There are brief moments of reprieve amongst the chaos, and it lulls you into a false sense of security, that maybe the family will finally catch a break and that things may not be as bad as they appear to be. Like when Brianna is saved by an unlikely band of bikers, when she gets separated from her family and is taken by two “fever heads”. They end up coming to her aid and bringing her to the “Safe Zone”, where her family was already headed. 

In moments like that, when the whole world seems to be collapsing around them, there is a small glimmer of hope that good will prevail. But that feeling doesn’t last for very long before the new horror arises and crushes all those hopes and dreams. 

The actors mesh well together, and make you want to root for their survival. I’m looking forward to seeing if Karen (Anne Heche), Joshua (James Tupper), and their three children; Matt (Levi Meaden), Dana (Julia Sarah Stone) and Brianna (Taylor Hickson) can come out of the “end of days” with their lives and sanity in tact.

Even with the appearance of paranormal entities (Skinwalkers), and the references to the book of Revelations, there are still so many unknowns that keep you engaged in the story and wanting more.

And as the meteors crash to Earth, you are left wondering, is this really the end of days, or something much more terrifying? I for one will keep tuning in to find out.

Rating: 7/10