Reverie (S01E02) “Bond. Jane Bond”

 

The elusive yet alluring world of Reverie is too hard to pass up. When life is threatened outside the confines of the mind, how does one let go? In this episode it doesn’t take long for the conflict to begin.

Mara (Sarah Shahi) has been tasked with rescuing a new candidate who has lost herself to the program. At first glance it doesn’t seem like there is anything special with this, until an undisclosed heart problem threatens to bring an end to it all. Set in her ways, Rachel (Anha O’Reilly), isn’t going to give up without a fight. There are questions plaguing her, and she needs to find the answers at any cost.

REVERIE — “Bond. Jane Bond” Episode 102 — Pictured: Ahna O’Reilly as Rachel Kauffmann — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

As the world of Reverie opens up, so do the lives of this eclectic cast of characters. The creators are not in a rush to divulge too many secrets, this is only the second episode after all. They taunt the viewer with bits and pieces, enough so we can form our own speculations. There is mystery and intrigue woven into this show, and I can’t wait to see what else is uncovered in the episodes to come.

Reverie 2.0 is powerful, and Mara is being monitored closer than she is lead to believe. All eyes seem to be on her, and how she interacts with this version of the software. Disembodied voices and the reappearance of her long, dead niece plague her. Questioning her own sanity, until Paul (Sendhil Ramamurthy) reassure’s her that these entities are only a side effect. What else is to come? What once was a nightmare, just may be the therapy Mara needs to move forward.

The task at hand hasn’t been easy. Rachel is stubborn and set in her ways, determined to reenact her spy fantasy. At the end of her mission, all her pain will be resolved, or so she has convinced herself. Mara has an uncanny way of connecting the dots and being able to empathize with people, opting to be a silent companion. In these moments the raw emotions are pushed to the surface. Rachel’s goal all along was to find her father, but in the world of Reverie, he is merely a figment.

REVERIE — “Bond. Jane Bond” Episode 102 — Pictured: Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Aiding others in finding peace in their darkest moments, Mara is able to bring them back to reality. It worked this time, but I’m sure down the road there will be failures, after all that’s what keeps viewers tuned in. The unpredictable nature of the beast, and in this world, anything is possible.

With a feel good ending, one that truly tugs at the heartstrings, the show leaves you wanting more. There is something special about this series, and even though it is still new in the universe there is this need to know more.

Before I leave you, I feel like it’s worth mentioning Dylan (Kai Scott). He is the A.I. who brings a refreshing vibe to the show. There is a tragic back story in his creation, but that will be Lexi’s (Jessica Lu) tale to tell. It explains why she is the way she is, rough around the edges and hiding in plain sight. The story will surely be heartbreaking, but it’s another way to connect with these characters.

a new episode of reverie airs wednesday, june 13th on nbc aT 10/9c