July 24th, 2017
S01E01 “For One to Live”
American TV studios rarely import an Asian series and remake it for Western audiences, but that is exactly what has been done here with Somewhere Between. The ten-episode series is based on Korean show, God’s Gift: 14 Days.
After watching its first episode, I am on the fence. The main storyline starts off adhering to a fairly standard formula, where life is pretty idyllic, then things inevitably go horribly wrong. This isn’t the first time ABC has played with a Groundhog Day scenario in a crime show format. Just look at 2006 series Day Break that was cancelled while it was still on the air.
Laura Price (Paula Batton) along with her husband, Tom (J. R. Bourne), are both parents with successful careers to their young daughter, Serena. Laura is a television producer while Tom is the state’s District Attorney.
Price learns of a serial killer on the loose and decides she should help bring the killer to justice by publicizing the murders on her show. This is when things start to go horribly wrong for Price. The killer retaliates by kidnapping and killing her daughter, Serena. Laura then falls into a brooding depression and attempts to take her own life by drowning herself in the lake where Serena’s lifeless body was discovered.
And then it all goes Groundhog Day. Price wakes up and is surprised to see her daughter alive and well. She quickly realizes that she has somehow time travelled and returned to a point in time which will allow her one more chance to prevent Serena’s death.
There is another narrative which runs parallel to Price’s main thread. It involves Nico Jackson (Devon Sawa) who works as a private investigator whose brother was prosecuted by Tom for a crime he may not have committed.
Jackson’s work leads him to upset a local crime lord, and he ends up at the bottom of a lake, the same one Laura drowned in. It wouldn’t surprise me if Devon’s character is also in a position to change his fate. There is a high likelihood that the two stories will continue to intertwine as the season progresses.
At this point, I am unsure whether to continue with Somewhere Between, mostly because its crime series formula is all too familiar. I am holding out for now because it’s hinted there is a supernatural force at play which is responsible. And I love me some supernatural.