[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 NorthwestÂ that focuses onÂ a couple and their three teenage children as they deal with some very strange goings on in the days that follow extremeÂ weather incidents.
Rather than key off a single event, the series puts the family in the thick of severalÂ fantastical things at once, giving the audience a pretty quick ramp up into each’s personality and how they deal withÂ a rollercoaster ofÂ emotional and physical trauma and fatigue.
Similar to the dynamic on Fear the Walking Dead, the parentalÂ roles areÂ 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 alsoÂ useful as he looks for the deeper meaning in everything that’s taking place, evenÂ 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).
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.
AndÂ she’s not totally wrong in freaking all the way out–take natural disasters, end times prophecies, astronomical occurrences, demons,Â and a mysterious, contagious illness and throw them in a blender and you get the idea.
The first episode puts the family on the road in an RV in pursuit ofÂ 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 premieresÂ Tuesday on Syfy , in its normal timeslot of 10/9c. Here are aÂ couple ofÂ 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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