Masters of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 2

The Awakening (11 Aug. 2007)

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Major Albert Skynner is brought out of retirement when an alien creature arrives on Earth. The creature communicates through humans who appear to be in a hypnotic spell. The messages it ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Host
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Albert Skynner
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Lt. Granger
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The President
Julian Christopher ...
General Mackenzie (as Julian D Christopher)
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Col. Dingham
Doron Bell ...
Kirby
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The Iraqi
Dave Lantaigne ...
Army Officer
Adrian Glynn McMorran ...
The Medic (as Adrian Mcmorran)
Dean Marshall ...
The General's Aide
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Captain Oguchi
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Assistant
Mitra Loraz ...
Palestinian Woman
Andre Fex ...
French Leader
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Major Albert Skynner is brought out of retirement when an alien creature arrives on Earth. The creature communicates through humans who appear to be in a hypnotic spell. The messages it gives is one of peace, using quotes from all of the major religions of the world. When these creatures start appearing by the dozens, all of the major powers in the world are told to disarm, but the US President is reluctant to do so. Is this a genuine message of peace or is it just trickery and a prelude to invasion? Written by garykmcd

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Starts out good, then fades fast ...
12 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first half of this movie is pretty good, but when you finally see where the plot is going, it's disappointing.

Basically, the story centers on the government's investigation of a mysterious lifeform and two catatonic people found at a helicopter crash site in Iraq. The story follows the scientific and political developments that occur as time goes on and strange things start to happen...

I really liked that setup - plus the great acting. The actors and the direction are very good so kudos to the show on that level. Everything looked like this would probably be a pretty good sci-fi story - even if there was a mediocre follow through at the end.

However, eventually the plot changes to one of political preaching and its obvious what's going to happen. It was kind of embarrassing to watch at that point since it's an obvious political censorship of the US's involvement in Iraq. No subtle inferences - it's loud and clear.

The problem is that it's too loud and soon dominates the story. Although the movie is not all terribly bad, I can't imagine who would actually benefit from watching it.


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