The latest big name American show to arrive in the UK is Believe, a supernatural drama from Star Trek supremo J.J. Abrams and – recently showered in awards for Hollywood blockbuster Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón.
For the cynical of you, Cuarón’s involvement is no publicity stunt – as well as co-creating the series with Mark Friedman and executive producing it with Abrams, he also directed the opening episode.
The series centres on Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) a 10 year old with supernatural powers she’s only just learning to control and which make her a target for dark and mysterious forces which seek to misuse her abilities.
Bo is watched over by an equally shadowy protection squad headed by Winter (Delroy Lindo) and which enlists death row inmate Tate (Jake McLaughlin) as her bodyguard.
The opening episode features a dramatic car accident, two brutal murders and a prison break all in the first five minutes and hints at some potentially interesting story arcs. But while it does a decent enough job of introducing the show’s characters and concepts, the story it tells is fairly predictable and familiar.
Supernatural dramas are the ‘in thing’ thanks to shows like The Tomorrow People and Sleepy Hollow so Believe and its big-name creatives are going to have their work cut out to distinguish it from the crowd.
Believe starts 27th March on Watch