It starts with a horrible car crash. Jason Isaacs flips his car in a California canyon. Either his wife (in one reality) or his son (in the other) dies in the crash. Every time he sleeps, reality switches. He has two therapists, one for each reality, who are set on proving that their particular realities are the correct ones. Isaacs plays a cop who uses information from one reality to inform his cases in the other. He either has a grieving teenager or a wife (way too beautiful for any reality) who refuses to grieve. Somehow it all works.
One therapist is pedantic, one more experiential. None of them do somatic work or EMDR or brainspotting. In all of the protaganist's sessions, I was itching to ask him where he felt the grief and what he was telling himself about his culpability in the death(s). I'd love to see EMDR clear up this problem. But then there would be no series.
Prediction: At the end of the season, we'll find out that he is either 1. In a coma and dreaming it all and or 2. Grieving the loss of both his wife and his son. I'm going to keep watching to find out. And I'm going to keep itching to see effective affective therapy in either reality.
P.S. The most emotionally true show on TV: Smash. And the most fun.
Thanks for the tip, Robin! I’m going to pass this along to the Affect Psychology FB page that I participate on…Brian Lynch, who started the page, likes to use video clips from movies to illustrate various aspects of affect. And I’ve referenced TV shows like “The Wire.”
It looks like “Awake” just started? At any rate, I could only find one episode…