I have a secret, I love TV shows shrouded in mystery featuring children who are way too intelligent for adults and adults who will do anything to protect a child. This is why I love ABC’s Emergence, a thriller that’s filled with mystery, drama, entertaining writing and gripping acting. Each episode of Emergence couldn’t keep me away from forming theories in my head.
For those who haven’t seen Emergence (go binge now!) it follows the story of a mysterious girl found near the site of a plane crash by local sheriff Jo Evans, played by Allison Tolman. Jo takes the girl in after discovering that Piper (whom she names) can’t remember anything about where she came from or who she is. Soon however, strange things begin to happen that seem unexplained and sinister forces are after the sheriff’s new house guest.
In two episodes, ABC has created a fresh story that has more questions than answers; but this will not be the case for long. Unlike other shows that’ll drag its unsolved mysteries through an entire season, episode three of Emergence (which is airing tonight) will answer its most talked about mystery: who is Piper?
In the first two episodes, Piper has exhibited special abilities, causing a car to become a super magnet. In addition, there’s questionable corpse disposal, a government agency hunting Piper and two questionable “parents” looking for their daughter.
Emergence is more than “could this be a government experiment,” at the root of the show is Jo’s family; her daughter Mia, her father Ed, and ex-husband Alex, all of whom get tangled up in the events surrounding Piper. Within two episodes I started to care for everyone involved as I watched strangers (Piper, Mia and Jo) slowly start to have a genuine care for this child and vise versa.
At NYCC, The Koalition spoke with actors Clancy Brown (Edward “Ed” Sawyer) and Zabryna Guevara (Dr. Abby Fraiser, a pediatrician and Jo’s best friend) about their hit TV show.
Emergence airs Tuesdays 10/9 Central on ABC.
Check out the interview below.