Reverie (TV series)

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Reverie
Genre
Created by Mickey Fisher
Starring
Composer(s) W. G. Snuffy Walden
A. Patrick Rose
Noah Sorota
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mickey Fisher
  • Brooklyn Weaver
  • Darryl Frank
  • Justin Falvey
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Ronald Bass
Cinematography Joseph E. Gallagher[1]
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Extant Storytech
Cheap Theatrics Inc.
Energy Entertainment
Amblin Television
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release May 30, 2018 (2018-05-30) – present (present)

Reverie is an American science fiction drama television series. The series was commissioned on May 12, 2017,[2] the first season of 10 episodes[3] premiered on May 30, 2018 on NBC.[4][5][6]

Premise[edit]

Former hostage negotiator Mara Kint, an expert on human behavior, takes a job saving people whose minds are lost in an advanced virtual-reality simulation, Reverie; in the process, Kint begins to work through a personal tragedy in her own past.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint, an expert in human behavior and former hostage negotiator hired by Onira-Tech to intervene on behalf of patients trapped within Reverie.[8] Having lost her sister and niece in a shooting, she also takes the opportunity to use Reverie as a means of dealing with the guilt she feels for failing to save them.
  • Dennis Haysbert as Charlie Ventana, an ex-cop and Mara's former boss. As a senior security consultant and operations manager for Onira-Tech, he is responsible for involving her with Reverie.[9]
  • Jessica Lu as Alexis Barrett, an introverted programmer and the founder of Onira-Tech, whose research forms the foundation of Reverie. She also programmed Dylan, the artificial intelligence that manages Onira-Tech's systems and is modeled after her deceased brother.[10]
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy as Paul Hammond, the scientist and developer behind 2.0, the version of Reverie that Onira-Tech is currently preparing to sell to the public.[10]
  • Kathryn Morris as Monica Shaw, a Defense Department official with an interest in the use of Reverie for government purposes, and an occasional ally to Charlie and Mara.[11]

Recurring[edit]

  • Jon Fletcher as Oliver Hill, Alexis's former partner at Onira-Tech, who claims there is a systemic flaw affecting Reverie.[12]
  • Madeleine McGraw as Brynn, Mara's niece, who was murdered by her unstable father. She appears as a hallucination caused by her aunt's use of Reverie.
  • Paul Jaeger as Dr. Chris Condera, a therapist and Mara's fiancee until she broke up with him in the aftermath of her family's murder.

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [13][14]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [13]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Apertus"Jaume Collet-SerraMickey FisherMay 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)2.88[15]
Former hostage negotiator Mara Kint is approached by her former boss Charlie Ventana with a job offer: his employer, Onira-Tech, has developed a sophisticated virtual reality simulator called Reverie, capable of recreating anyone's deepest desires or memories. However, a number of people who have been testing the system have become addicted to it, causing them to fall into comas as their minds slowly become trapped within Reverie. Based on Mara's experience, Charlie asks her to enter Reverie and convince those afflicted to voluntarily return to the real world, the first subject, Tony Lenton, has placed himself in a reality where his deceased wife Naomi is alive, and refuses to leave until Mara uncovers the guilt he feels for the accident that killed Naomi, and uses her own experience of failing to save her sister Jamie and niece Brynn from Jamie's violent husband to convince him to let her go. Returning home, Mara throws away the alcohol and pills she's used to numb her own feelings of guilt, but is then surprised by a hallucination of Brynn.
2"Bond. Jane Bond."Michael KatlemanTom SzentgyorgyiJune 6, 2018 (2018-06-06)2.22[16]
Mara gets a new patient: Rachel Kauffman, who suffers from a rare heart defect, and who is moonlighting as a secret agent in her simulation; Paul explains that Rachel's reality is structured like a video game. He also informs Mara that the implant which allows her to enter Reverie can cause side effects, which include the hallucinations of Brynn, as Rachel's condition worsens, Mara reenters and learns that she is hunting for a criminal named Vater. However, when she presses for answers, Rachel forces her to leave at gunpoint. Through research, Mara theorizes that Vater is actually an incarnation of Rachel's father, created by Reverie from her inner desires, and she asks Charlie to find him. Vater proves unable to answer any of Rachel's questions, which finally convinces her to leave Reverie. Charlie finds a witness who provides Rachel with her father's location, and she is reunited with his family. Mara hallucinates seeing Brynn again, and decides to try and interact with her.
3"No More Mr. Nice Guy"P.J. PesceKen WoodruffJune 13, 2018 (2018-06-13)2.32[17]
Mara tries to bond with Brynn, even though she is unsure of her own sanity. A woman named Annie Hallo threatens to file a lawsuit against Onira-Tech for her husband Nate's overuse of Reverie. Mara goes inside and finds that Nate has abandoned Annie for a life of crime. Suspecting that he has a reason not to leave, Mara discovers that something has trapped him inside Reverie and will not let him escape. Paul brings her into his mind, revealing that the program is capable of learning and evolving based on the hidden desires of users, even recreating people from their memories. Alexis struggles with an upcoming presentation for Onira-Tech's investors, so Mara helps her retool her pitch. Charlie tracks down a burglar who Nate once confronted, but the police demand that Nate personally identify him. Mara convinces him to leave, and he identifies the man, finally conquering his fear of him. Mara assures Charlie that her hallucinations of Brynn are harmless. Later that night, while visiting the scene of her family's murder, Mara finds herself in a simulated world.
4"Blue Is the Coldest Color"Matt Earl BeesleyDavid SchulnerJune 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)1.79[18]
Mara nearly gets run over by a truck; a man saves her and introduces himself as Oliver Hill, a former co-founder of Onira-Tech. He explains that her condition is "derealization", an unintended side effect of the implant, and that his former partner is covering up the truth behind their work. Paul, Charlie, and Alexis, in turn, paint Oliver as unstable and paranoid, and warn Mara that he's trying to manipulate her, some Reverie tech is stolen and sold to Glenn Maybach, a coder with severe OCD, who plans to use it to prepare himself to break into a pharmaceutical company for the medicine needed to save his friend Quincy. Charlie tracks down Oliver, who demands to be reinstated at Onira-Tech; Charlie refuses and warns him to stay away from Mara. Shaw persuades the president of the company to enroll Quincy in a drug trial in return for Glenn "testing" his security measures. Alexis reveals that she kicked her former partner out of the company when he tried to set fire to her house; meanwhile, Oliver bribes a security guard to give him access to an implant.
5"Altum Somnum"David SchulnerErika Green SwaffordJune 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)1.83[19]
An unknown terrorist, "Silas", sets off a bomb at the Mercodyne building, killing 63 people; Shaw requests that Mara dive into the mind of a mortally wounded victim, Denise Lang, to try and obtain an ID before more attacks occur. Despite the risk that Mara could be trapped if Denise dies, Paul partially rebuilds her mind to resemble the day of the bombing. However, Shaw then learns that "Denise" is an imposter; her real identity is Silas' accomplice, Ashley Trent. To teach Alexis to be more responsible, Charlie takes her to question another Silas associate, Edith Leonard; she commits suicide rather than talk. Mara disguises herself as Edith to gain Ashley's trust, but her condition worsens. Realizing that her consciousness is constructing an alternate reality as a refuge inside her reconstructed mind, Mara confronts Ashley with the truth that Silas manipulated her, with seconds left to live, Ashley reveals where the second bomb is located, but Mara only barely escapes before her mind collapses. The FBI manages to defuse the bomb, and Shaw and the team celebrate.
6"Pas de Deux"Erika Green SwaffordJulia WolfeJuly 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)2.19[20]
Dr. Chris Condera, Mara's former fiancee, brings in a patient, a former ballerina named Holly Maxwell who lost the use of her legs in an accident and has become addicted to Reverie. To understand the situation, Mara questions Holly's sister Vivian and consults with Chris, who also wants to try and reconnect with her. However, Charlie is concerned that their relationship might be a distraction. Mara tries to bond with Holly through dance, and then reaches out to her ex-boyfriend Zeke, who reveals that Holly dumped him after her accident, she deduces that Holly's accident also killed Zeke's unborn baby, which has caused her to become suicidal. With Alexis ready to remove Holly from Reverie by force, Mara comes to her with news that Vivian has developed multiple sclerosis and needs her help. Holly agrees to leave after one final dance with a fictional representation of her child, and finds a new purpose teaching Vivian's students, after admitting to Chris that she still loves him, Mara makes a visit to see her brother-in-law Ray, who has been in a coma since shooting Jamie and Brynn.
7"The Black Mandala"Daisy von Scherler MayerMargaret Rose LesterJuly 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)TBD
Mara meets a young man named Ehmet, who isn't aware that he's in Reverie and cannot escape. Dylan identifies him as Ehmet Alwad, a teenage Syrian refugee who is being held in a special government program for interrogating suspected terrorists. Shaw refuses to help, so Paul and Alexis create a "Mandala", an exit point that will be her only way in and out of the system; they also lie to protect her from Shaw and Drew Sullivan, the contractor serving as Ehmet's interrogator. Mara frees him, but while trying to escape, a guard shoots her. Charlie instructs the team to find evidence of Ehmet's innocence, but their efforts fail until his brother Kareem gives them a new lead. Mara pretends to surrender so that Ehmet can eliminate the guard, and they create a bridge to reach the Mandala, with Mara's encouragement, Ehmet overcomes his fear and returns to reality. However, there is still bruising from her wound. Shaw gets Sullivan's program suspended, and Charlie correctly infers that she rigged the system so that they would encounter Ehmet. Mara invites Chris over to her house, and they kiss.
8"Despedida"TBATBAJuly 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)TBD
9"The Key"TBATBAAugust 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)TBD
10"Point of Origin"TBATBAAugust 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)TBD

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Reverie has received a score of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 13 reviews,[21] and 42 on Metacritic, which uses a weighted score, based on 7 reviews.[22]

Writing for IndieWire, Hanh Nguyen compares the show favorably with the darker British virtual reality series Black Mirror: "The virtual reality setting is a blank canvas that invites play, and the procedural element of Mara regularly retrieving lost souls gives the series an optimistic and hopeful bent. There’s plenty of fun here, but with enough pathos to add weight."[23] Conversely, The Verge's Adi Robertson, who also compares the show with Black Mirror, was left cold by the broadly optimistic tone: "Audiences have gotten familiar with this kind of cautionary yarn, where technology offers a lonely simulacrum of human contact. But Reverie’s pilot turns the idea toward optimism and earnest schmaltz — with extremely dull results."[24] Shana Oneil, posting on /Film, was impressed by the premise, story, and acting, but also found the lack of hard science is a potential problem: "The ideas are certainly there, along with the creepy science tech (the actual Reverie connection module squicked me out), but good science fiction needs truth to anchor it."[25]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Apertus" May 30, 2018 0.6/3 2.88[15]
2 "Bond. Jane Bond." June 6, 2018 0.5/2 2.22[16]
3 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" June 13, 2018 0.5/2 2.32[17]
4 "Blue Is the Coldest Color" June 20, 2018 0.4/2 1.79[18]
5 "Altum Somnum" June 27, 2018 0.4/2 1.83[19]
6 "Pas de Deux" July 11, 2018 0.4/2 2.19[20]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Stanhope, Kate (June 9, 2017). "TV Network Presidents Talk Netflix Cancellations". The Hollywood Reporter. 
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  9. ^ Petski, Denise (February 23, 2017). "Dennis Haysbert To Star In NBC's Virtual Reality Thriller Drama Pilot 'Reverie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
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  12. ^ Petski, Denise (December 13, 2017). "'Reverie' Casts Jon Fletcher; Ginger Gonzaga Joins 'Champions'". Deadline. Retrieved May 7, 2018. 
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  17. ^ a b Porter, Rick (June 14, 2018). "'Shark Tank' rerun adjusts down: Wednesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
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  22. ^ "Reverie : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  23. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (May 30, 2018). "News Film TV Awards Toolkit More 'Reverie' Review: This 'Black Mirror'-Lite NBC Drama Is a Dazzling and Poignant Summer Diversion". Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  24. ^ Robertson, Adi (May 30, 2018). "NBC's new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia". The Verge. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
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