Monday, June 1, 2015

Psst…the Secret of ‘The Whispers’ is a Good One

Review of ABC's "The Whispers."
ABC’s “The Whispers” star Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes 
Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, 
Kristen Connolly as Lena Lawrence, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence, and Kyle
 Harrison Breitkopf as Henry Bennigan. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)
When the first trailers for ABC's The Whispers began to play, I rolled my eyes. How could a show about children with evil imaginary friends be any good? Then I watched the first two episodes and confess – it looks pretty good. On the other hand, I said the same thing about Resurrection which failed to excite during its second season and now we'll never know what happened! I fear that the fate of The Whispers could be same as I don't see how they can maintain the story each week and not run out of plot. Then back on the first hand, Lost continued its mysteries for years, so you just never know.

First of all, the show's executive producer is Steven Spielberg who knows a little something about storytelling. It's been awhile since he's done anything scary and this show has the potential to scare, especially one of the opening scenes involving a cute little girl, her mother and a treehouse. The rest of the show however is more omnibus than scary.
The Whispers appears to be a mixture of soap opera, mystery, science fiction and possibly horror. As you've seen in the commercials, children are targeted by someone or something named Drill. He speaks through lights and whispers. At first, it seems that the children are picked randomly, but after a short bit, you begin to understand their connection to each other. Drill offers his friendship to these children wants to play “games” with them. If the kids win their “game,” they get something good, but if they fail … let's just say that they don't want to disappoint Drill. Why would kids want to hang around such a scary being? Drill has a few more tricks up his metaphorical sleeves.

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