Pilot Reviews The River

The River 1×01/02 – Magus & Marbeley


I’ve been looking forward to The River for quite some time now. The premise was intriguing enough and the notion of a found-footage horror / serialized mythology show on network television just seemed like too good an idea to pass up.

After watching the show’s 2 hour premiere, I have to say I’m not sure this attempt was all that successful. I commend ABC for taking a risk and experimenting with this kind of show, but the premise felt forced which is not something you want to have when you’re presenting a show that’s supposed to be “real”. The show’s tone didn’t feel genuine to me and a lot of that was due to the cast who were pretty bland across the board. I did like Tess the mother however; I felt she was an interesting enough character with a range of motivations and characteristics. Her son Lincoln however has to be one of the most annoying characters ever and that’s saying a lot as the show is only 2 episodes in.

I also hated the very obvious smoke monster ripoff from Lost. Really ABC? No one thought that was a bit TOO familiar this soon after Lost ended, and on the same network no less? Moreover, I’m not sure I liked “magic” being such an obvious part of the show as it was all a bit too heavy handed. The fact that the show is shot in Hawaii however gave the visuals a nice boost which is definitely a plus.

All in all, despite its flaws, I enjoyed The River although it was not the phenomenal and terrifying experience I was hoping it would be.

Nad Rating

One comment

  1. Lord did ABC ever plug the hell out of this, but it never interested me. I've also grown weary of any Lost-style mystery show, especially after getting burned so much in the past with the various clones it spawned.

    Great review, Nadim.

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