Reverie (S01E01) “Apertus”

 

Reverie follows the life and times of former hostage negotiator and human behavioral expert Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi). An opportunity she can’t refuse falls into her lap when an old friend, Charlie (Dennis Haysbert), recruits her to help those who have been lost to a Virtual World. It’s a place where people can quite literally have the life they’ve always dreamed of. It’s her job to reconnect to these disconnected souls and bring them back to reality.

Opportunities arise.
The world is about to open up.

Reverie is a place where the impossible, becomes possible. It’s an enticing concept, there is no wonder why people have become addicted to the possibilities. Everyone seems to be running from something, and Mara is no different. There are skeletons in her closet and inner demons she is running from. This obscure position just may be the very thing that saves her.

Tragedy has a way of catching up to even the strongest person, and Mara has had her share of painful memories. It brings another depth to the story and makes viewers want to know more about the character, and those to come. There is a strength that resonates inside of her and it shows as she excels through the training process. Mara is going to be a force to be reckoned with, just what these lost souls need.

It doesn’t take us long to meet the eclectic group of people who are part of this cutting-edge VR company. Lexi (Jessica Lu) is one of the first to welcome Mara, although guarded, I can see her becoming a fan favourite. Paul (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is the one of their leading scientific minds, helping to bring dreams to life. Then there is Monica (Kathryn Morris), who seems to have her own personal agenda.  It will be interesting to see how well these characters end up meshing together.

Anything is possible.
The dream maker, in the flesh.

It doesn’t take long for Mara to work her first “case”.  She is met with resistance, her intrusion is unwelcome, but it doesn’t take long for her to gain ground. Not only is there a breakthrough with Tony (Joshua Bitton), the person she is trying to save, she opens a door to expose her own wounds. Conflict is going to drive these stories home. It’s going to be a long road, but one day she will find her peace as well.

The first episode brings us into this fantastical world, and they waste no time to establish the story. It’s great to see them explore a concept like this, as we are not too far off from achieving this type of technology. I will definitely be tuning into the next episode of this series.

The door has been opened, and there is no going back now.

Rating: 9/10

A new episode of Reverie airs Wednesday, June 6th at 10/9c on NBC.

 

Photos: Screen captures taken by author of review.