Charlie Rowe in Salvation

Impressions: Salvation

Network
CBS (US)
Release Date
July 12th, 2017
Episodes
S01E01 “Pilot”

CBS has added new suspense-drama, Salvation, to its line-up of shows for the 2017-2018 television season, and this new addition may be worth following. It has its flaws sure, but it might have potential. Might.

The show isn’t without salvation (sorry) but I will start by pointing out its weak points. Salvation’s plot is overused, especially in Hollywood.  The storyline focuses on an asteroid set to collide with Earth in six months and the attempts to prevent it from doing so, or outlast it. Sound familiar? I felt that the premise was too similar to 90’s disaster films, Armageddon and Deep Impact.

Sadly, the main characters also don’t seem very original. Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) is a genius MIT postgraduate student, whose computer program detects the oncoming asteroid. Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) is a tech billionaire who believes humanity needs to colonise other planets in order to survive. Elon Musk much?

The cast of Salvation

Harris Edwards (Ian Anthony Dale) is the Deputy Secretary of Defence, who is having an office romance with his department’s PR guru Grace Darrow (Jennifer Finnigan). My problem with it is that this kind of affair is a trite television trope, while also undermining the value of Darrow.

However, Salvation may still prove to be suspenseful. This is because no one has any idea how to prevent the deadly collision and save humanity — okay, that isn’t entirely true. The American government’s plan is to try to divert the asteroid’s course, but their solution seems like it isn’t going to work.

Tanz plans to save humanity his own way. He wants to build a space ark and use it to save around a hundred souls. I’m sure Noah had an animal or two more than that by the way. Tanz doesn’t have a plan for what to do after that. It will be suspenseful to see if they will be able to come up with some way to save everyone, or whether the setting changes to something more post-apocalyptic. Perhaps this is a Lost in Space reboot in disguise? Or not.

I also wonder what the future of Salvation is if the end of the series (win or lose) is literally hovering above them from the get go.

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Andrew Yeh is an avid consumer of television. Thanks to the Internet, he is now able to watch as many shows as he wants whenever he can! His other passions in life are video games and anime. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University, which is an experience that provided him with a deeper appreciation of the media.