The Crossing: Pilot
April 2, 2018 8:19 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

It was a pretty good start. Enough to keep me waiting for the next ep.
posted by davidmsc at 6:44 AM on April 3, 2018

It's hard to suspend my disbelief enough to accept the premise of the refugees being treated humanely by DHS when we live in a world where ICE is out committing atrocities. And I feel like this is the type of genre show doomed to end in cliffhangered cancellation. But I will probably continue watching for now, if only for the visuals, all that ocean & forest was really pretty.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:10 AM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

Does this have anything to do with the Michael Swanwick story 'Radiant Doors'? I remember it was optioned back in the day.
posted by selfnoise at 8:46 AM on April 3, 2018

I haven't seen any mention of it in the reviews/articles, so, it doesn't seem to be a direct adaptation, just a similar premise judging by the "Radiant Doors" wiki page.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:11 AM on April 3, 2018

It wasn't bad, I'll give it a shot. But I'm so not looking forward to the inevitable romance subplot with the DHS agent.
posted by Justinian at 2:32 PM on April 3, 2018 [2 favorites]

And I just bet none of these super advanced folks thought to memorize winning powerball numbers. Losers.
posted by sammyo at 2:56 PM on April 3, 2018

I just want one of these people from the future to tell me whether this show is going to have a satisfying ending or not.
posted by Night_owl at 2:59 PM on April 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

I liked the pilot. I do have the same apprehension as everyone else that this will go nowhere like LOST and the many similar shows that got cancelled after one season.

I kind of feel like they gave away a bunch of their mysteries early. The refugees are from the US. In the future. And some of them are "Apex" beings with superpowers. And this isn't the only batch of people to come to our time.

I feel like Lost would have kept several of these questions unanswered for a whole season. But then again Lost had its issues. I just worry we're going to be dealing with "The audience knows X but Jude doesn't know X, and Emma doesn't know X or Y, but Jude knows Z, but the refugees don't know that Jude knows Z" stuff instead of proper mysteries.
posted by mmoncur at 7:32 PM on April 3, 2018

If the powers that be are concerned that more of the Crossies might be Apex types with superhuman abilities, why not just DNA sequence them all? That's not practical for your local community college or something but with the resources of the federal government it barely qualifies as a roadblock. You could have every single one of them sequenced inside 48 hours. Easily.
posted by Justinian at 12:36 AM on April 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

(Note that they could also have answered "are they from a different point in time" fairly trivially by looking at radionucleotide markers and such. Do the writers not know these things or do they assume the viewer won't?)
posted by Justinian at 12:39 AM on April 4, 2018 [3 favorites]

Like most people I'm willing to stick with it for another few episodes, but I'm pretty hesitant. For a pilot there are already a lot of things at play.
posted by miss-lapin at 8:47 AM on April 4, 2018

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