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Aftermath Series Premiere Preview

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]

Syfy continues its new scripted (yay!) series rollout this week with Aftermath, a post-apocalyptic family drama set in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on a couple and their three teenage children as they deal with some very strange goings on in the days that follow extreme weather incidents.

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Rather than key off a single event, the series puts the family in the thick of several fantastical things at once, giving the audience a pretty quick ramp up into each’s personality and how they deal with a rollercoaster of emotional and physical trauma and fatigue.

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Similar to the dynamic on Fear the Walking Dead, the parental roles are switched up a bit. Mom Karen Copeland (Anne Heche) is former Air Force, and while it’s unclear what she does for a job now, her (reasonably) rational response to the emergency and tactical training come in really handy. Mild-mannered academic dad Joshua (James Tupper) is an archaeology and religions professor, which is also useful as he looks for the deeper meaning in everything that’s taking place, even as Karen begs him to try not to terrify the bejesus out of their kids with what they don’t actually know to be true (yet).

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

The kids are Matt (The Killing‘s Levi Meaden), who seems most like his mom in his no-nonsense demeanor, and fraternal twins Brianna (newcomer Taylor Hickson), who’s already looking for a way out when she gets an unwelcome assist, and Dana (The Killing‘s Julia Sarah Stone), who starts off pretty level-headed and quickly gets panicky when things start to snowball.

And she’s not totally wrong in freaking all the way out–take natural disasters, end times prophecies, astronomical occurrences, demons, and a mysterious, contagious illness and throw them in a blender and you get the idea.

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/Aftermath ULC/Syfy

The first episode puts the family on the road in an RV in pursuit of keeping their family together and finding someplace safe. We’ll have 13 episodes this season to find out how successful they are at both endeavors.

Aftermath premieres  Tuesday on Syfy , in its normal timeslot of 10/9c. Here are a couple of sneak peeks. The cast and crew are already active on Twitter and primed for live Tweeting. The show’s handle is @AftermathTV and they’re using #AftermathSeries.

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