Very well executed
The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
Great example of an old-fashioned, pure-at-heart escapist event movie that doesn't pretend to be anything that it's not and has boat loads of fun being its own ludicrous self.
An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
I decided to watch this series mostly because of the involvement of Brannon Braga and David S.Goyer, whose later "Flashforward" I liked a lot. Compared to that one, this one is disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it's watchable, but "X-Files" would have done this kind of story in a two-parter and then moved on to other things. "Threshold" too often lacks a sense of wonder (and we never do learn the significance of those dream glass trees), substituting cheap action instead. The aliens are too easily fooled and too easily subdued. The series largely follows a case-of-the-week format, and because of its cancellation, actually has no ending. The actors form a reasonably engaging bunch, with the exception of the wooden Brian Van Holt. Not a bad choice for genre fans, but there are better alternatives out there. **1/2 out of 4.
Joshua Lawrence Pike
Threshold I'm going to let you all in on a secret, I rarely like alien invasion stories. It's not that I dislike the idea, it's that they are hard to get right and most of them have glaring flaws I can't ignore. That was my problem with Falling Skies.Threshold has been called a reverse X-files. In it a probe gets to earth and changes people, they become faster, stronger, and tougher. They start to carry out the agenda of the aliens. The show is about the team that is put together to make contact with them, then to deal with the threat.The show is intelligent, it has very well developed characters who try to solve problems made harder by the fact that only they know what is really going on. They have countless people working for them but none of them know the whole truth. Often classifying data during emergencies is shown to be done with little thought, or just serves to get in the hero's way. In Threshold it is rightfully shown to be necessary, it causes headaches and sometimes makes things worse but is needed.It is just one season of a planned three, but It's still good and worth watching if you can track it down.www.JoshuaLawrencePike.com
Think the current IMDb rating is pretty much on the money. The (no longer in production) show is better than some, worse than others. The most common problem with these "high concept" shows that come (and go, like the wind) is that the first episode -- usually the one that sold the pilot to the network -- is good, often great, but the followup, the notion of running the same extended story week to week is, well, not so much...Another issue (aside from carrying the story) is the cast. On paper they look like an interesting fit. In real life ... not so much. In fact, it is hard to imagine a cast with less internal chemistry. The irony of course is that the story REQUIRES them to be uncomfortable with being "drafted" (press-ganged) into this shoebox of a storyline so you could argue that the acting matches the story...? Uncomfortable on paper. Uncomfortable on camera. But the bottom line is that they all look like they would rather be somewhere else. Spiner especially.Gugino is a breath of fresh air. Highly charismatic with a face that seems to change from frame to frame depending on the camera angle. Liked her work in Watchmen. She tries hard, often carries the entire production, but it is just not enough.
Gotta love that line... (by Ramsey, after sleeping with an infectee).Anyway, like many of the other posters, I just found out about this series after it was canceled (5 years afterwards, for me), decided to check it out, and ended up spending the subsequent 24 hours glued to the screen watching the episodes back-to-back. I came across it because I was looking into who created FlashForward, a newer sci-fi series currently running, and found out that executive producer Brannon Braga also created this series.Ironically, Threshold is roughly 50 times the quality of FlashForward, but the latter has already survived a few more episodes than the former, and is showing more popularity. Since I never even heard of Threshold at the time when it was airing, I can only assume its failure was due to poor marketing and probably premature fear among network executives due to the initial low ratings. If given a second season I think this could've been a very successful cult series along the lines of The X-Files (though probably not to the same level, only because The X-Files set such an impossible bar).The story elements are smart, and based on what seem to be a real degree of professional scientific consultation, resulting in actual plausibility and realism; whereas most primetime sci-fi action nowadays plays it pretty dumb and melodramatic, probably because they don't think the primetime audience can handle anything more.It's not perfect. There are many "state-the-obvious" moments in the dialog. Nevertheless, the chemistry is there: character development, production values, and especially the acting worked deliciously well together and made for a show that was clearly ripe for success. Special mention goes to Peter Dinklage and Brent Spiner, who really struck me with their line deliveries. It's really painful to see such potential cut off when it had barely gotten started. Network execs need to re-evaluate their views of the cult market, and realize that smart TV series can probably bring more prestige to a network than those safe-yet-silly little fly-by-night, after-school-special, cheap-CGI sci-fi soap-opera medleys they currently choose to back.