As far as horror goes, nothing beats little kids doing creepy stuff because they think it’s just a game.
Which is basically a premise of The Whispers, that premiered on June 1 and that is by far my favourite new summer show.
The Whispers is set in a small suburban town where a bunch of kids, independently from one another, suddenly make up an imaginary friend named Drill. Or do they, really? Drill, who is, of course, invisible and talks through lights (don’t ask), gets them to do all kinds of crazy things from assembling home-made bombs to trying to kill their parents to hacking into the secret FBI files, all while they think they’re just playing. Do I have your attention yet?
The story gets to a whole new level of insane when Claire Bennigan, an FBI agent who’s been on a leave of absence since her husband died 3 months ago, is asked to join the investigation. She soon learns that the possible suspect – a man seen at one of the crime scenes – is none other than her supposedly deceased husband, Sean, currently suffering from amnesia caused by we don’t yet know what. In the meantime, Claire’s beau and the father of yet another one of the Drill-affected kids, Wes Lawrence, confirms that the circumstances of Sean’s death were, in fact, rather weird – Sean’s airplane was found thousands of miles away from where it was last registered by the flight control center before it went off their radar.
We don’t know yet what Drill’s agenda is, why he chose Sean, of all people, as a sidekick, and why he uses the children to do his dirty work. What we do know is that the writing is good, the story is fun, and the pace is better than decent. In all fairness, I absolutely regret ‘swallowing’ all 3 episodes that have been released to date in one day because now I have to stick to the whole ‘one episode per week’ routine and it’s just lame.
Granted, the last episode hinted at having some kind of nuclear threat involved in the upcoming storyline, which is not cool – everyone always goes for the nukes, and it got old a loooooooong time ago. But what I love to no end about The Whispers is that everything happens in broad daylight. For one thing, it’s seriously unsettling because, as an audience, we’re used to all kinds of bad things lurking in the darkness and when it’s not the case, you just can’t help feeling unsafe at all times, which works great in this particular situation. Although the best thing about it is that YOU ACTUALLY GET TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON!
My other favorite recent premiere is Wayward Pines, which is also one hell of a great show, but for the most part it takes place at night and in dark rooms and rainy forests, and I swear to God I’m about 75% willing to finance their lighting department, or whatever they call it, just so that I could know what’s happening and not just guess it by the sounds coming from the shadows. We’ve all had the same problem with Supernatural, I believe, and with just about every horror movie ever – which sucks because if you want me to be scared, I’d very much like to see what I’m supposed to be scared of.
The Whispers has The 4400 vibe to it, which is also a bonus, and I’ve got to admit that even though it has a bunch of kids running around, it is about as cute and happy as Children Of The Corn. So far, it’s been big on awesome twists and ‘what the hell just happened’ moments, and if you’re not sure what to do with your long summer nights, I strongly recommend giving it a try.