Debris (NBC) Season Thread *spoilers*

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    astrohip

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    Debris, new Sci-Fi show on NBC. Premiered last night, March 1, 2021. From J.H. Wyman, showrunner of Fringe, and creator of Almost Human.

    The series follows the lives of "two agents ... from two different continents, and two different mindsets, who must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind."

    Not bad for a premiere. Typical of most SciFi pilots, lots of mystery, enough hooks to draw you in. We'll see if they can keep it up, always a challenge with network TV SciFi (strong pilot, then the writing falls off). I like the premise, so I hope it does. No big name leads, although I recognized the male lead from City on a Hill.


    I'll start this season thread. If the show warrants, we can always create episode threads in the future.
     
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    jlb

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    ok, that sounds good enough for me to give it a try. Will they reair the pilot (yeah, I can always get it on Peacock)?
     
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    rharmelink

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    Looks like Saturday evening...
     
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    jlb

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    Yeah...just saw that in my OP. Thanks!
     
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    Tony_T

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    Just watched. Same tired old formula. Male CIA agent, Female MI6 agent join forces to investigate “debris” from a destroyed Alien spacecraft. “Truth” kept from citizens. Hidden government agendas, etc, etc. Another SciFi show trying to recreate the X-Files...
    ...but l’ll watch it (for a few more episodes)
     
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    cheesesteak

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    Thanks for the heads up. One Pass set.
     
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    justen_m

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    I set a 1P because the commercials looked interesting. So I've got last night's episode, but haven't watched it yet. It does have skip available, so that's a plus. ;)
     
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    Hcour

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    Cool. Another of those network scifi-mystery shows that gets you interested... and then they cancel it. I've been burned many, many times. And yet, I'll probably give this one a go. Some folks, like moi, never learn.
     
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    rpj22

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    One difference I like is that instead of the usual alien technology, this uses the "Roadside Picnic" premise of technology so advanced and alien that we can barely figure out what it is supposed to do, much less how it works. As per Clarke's law, much of it looks like magic.
     
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    series5orpremier

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    OK, a pilot with some cool special effects to draw people in but the special effects will soon disappear for budget reasons and I don't think I have the patience for another NBC drama with a central mystery (e.g. Manifest, Blacklist) that will get drawn out forever and never revealed.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Which saves the writers a lot of work! :D
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    The thing I found most unbelievable about the pilot was not the alien tech or its effects, but that they were plausibly covering all this stuff up and trying to keep the general public in the dark. Based on the opening credits, these pieces of debris have been clearly visible to everyone as they fell through the atmosphere, and dozens of people see the things that happen. Yet this shadowy government agency, Orbital, is somehow able to conjure fake stories to explain everything away and the general public is none the wiser?
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, there's this weird trope on TV (and really, always has been) that governments and people in general A) love keeping things secret, and B) are really good at it.

    When in fact people love talking about weird stuff, and when they try to keep secrets they usually suck at it.

    But ya gotta keep the drama flowing, and withholding information (characters from each other, and writers from the audience) is a classic and easy, if clichéd, way of doing it.
     
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    Tony_T

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    How many episodes until the CIA agent and the MI6 agent end up in bed?

    I say......5
     
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    Howie

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    I'd like to see them have sex in the body tornado. That would keep me watching for at least a couple more episodes.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Maybe that's what the people in the body tornado were doing...

    Having alien sex.
     
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    Howie

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    Ah! Kinky.
     
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    DavidTigerFan

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    I liked it
     
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    Amnesia

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    Actually, we have no way of knowing how well governments keep big secrets. If they're good at it, then the public never finds out...
     
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    Steveknj

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    I watched last night and I agree. It seems very formulaic, like so many of these types of shows. Not THAT much different than Manifest actually (which I thought was cancelled but apparently not...coming back in April). But yeah, I'm watching. It's at least something different than the endless reality shows, and the usual network dramas.
     

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