Awake Series Finale: Turtles All The Way Down

Awake - NBC - Jason Isaacs, Dylan Minnette and Laura AllenThe second and final hour of the Awake finale airs tonight! “Awake” says goodbye to both timelines forever this week with this week’s series finale (Thurs., May 24, 10 p.m. ET on NBC), but not before we get some answers.

Last we saw Britten, he was running from a gun-wielding Det. Ed Hawkins (Kevin Weisman), leaving a trail of blood behind him. Now he’s one of the LAPD’s most wanted.

As Britten starts to realize the truth behind the accident, a conspiracy threatens both of his realities; Britten goes after Detective Hawkins; Dr. Lee and Dr. Evans come together in a debate that forces Britten to choose a path.

Need to catch up? Watch the full season of Awake here! Then tune in for the thrilling conclusion tonight at 10PM/9C on NBC!

Awake Preview: Two Birds

In Part 1 of the two-part Awake Series Finale (Two Birds), truths about Britten’s (Jason Isaacs) life-altering accident begin to surface as menacing conspiracies jeopardize both of his worlds; and Britten becomes a target when he turns vigilante and pursues Det. Hawkins (Kevin Weisman.) Meanwhile, Vega (Wilmer Valderrama) worries about his captain’s intentions and Evans (Cherry Jones) and Lee (B.D. Wong) force Michael to choose a path.

Tune in to NBC at 10PM/9C for Part 1 of the thrilling conclusion to Awake!

Awake Preview: Say Hello To My Little Friend

We’re quickly approaching the season finale of Awake (May 24th!) Tune in to tonight’s all new episode where Michael Britten has a dream affecting his ability to switch back and forth between the two worlds.

Say Hello To My Little Friend: A strange dream disrupts Detective Britten’s ability to switch to his other reality and the appearance of a mysterious man, (guest star Kevin Weisman) causes him distress. Soon memories of the accident begin to surface and Britten has to come to grips with one of his losses. Later, Captain Harper (guest star Laura Innes) shows growing concern over his erratic behavior. Meanwhile, Hannah (Laura Allen) works to mend the ties between Emma (Daniela Bobadilla) and her family. Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong, Cherry Jones and Dylan Minnette also star.


Tune in to NBC at 10PM/9c!


Awake Preview: Slack Water

It’s Thursday! That means it is time for an all new episode of Awake!

Clues from his other reality force Britten (Jason Isaacs) to take a closer look at the gang violence case he’s investigating with Bird (Steve Harris). Hannah (Laura Allen) deals with a tough situation involving Rex’s (Dylan Minnette) girlfriend, Emma (Daniela Bobadilla). Harper (Laura Innes) reneges on a promise. Vega (Wilmer Valderrama) plans a going-away party for Britten.

Make sure you tune in to NBC tonight at 10PM!

Dylan Minnette: TV’s 25 Hottest Stars Under 25

Dylan Minnette was named one of MSN’s TV’s 25 hottest stars under 25!

Dylan Minnette

Best know as: Rex Britten on Awake

No stranger to television, at age 15, Dylan Minnette already had a major role for three years on Saving Grace and a recurring role on Lost. Now, we see him as Rex Britten on the new series Awake with his on-screen father, Jason Isaacs. His next big project is the film A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. (MSN)

Also included on the list are Shenae Grimes (90210), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Lea Michele (Glee), Emily Van Camp (Revenge), Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Charlie McDermott (The Middle) and more!

Awake Preview: “Game Day” Photo Gallery

We’re gearing up for an all new episode of Awake this week and it’s an emotional one for Dylan Minnette’s character Rex and his girlfriend Emma (Daniela Bobadilla.) Get a sneak peak of the episode in this exclusive photo gallery!

A big football rivalry captures the attention of the police department, but all bets are off when the final play goes both ways in Detective Britten’s (Jason Isaacs) two realities. In one world a dispute between rival fans leads to a murder in the stadium parking lot and in the other an in-the-red gambler gets burned. Meanwhile, Rex (Dylan Minnette) is suffering from a broken heart. Elsewhere, Vega (Wilmer Valderrama) and Hannah (Laura Allen) are planning a going away party for Britten. Daniela Bobadilla, BD Wong and Cherry Jones also star.

Make sure you tune in in Thursday, April 26th at 10/9c on NBC!

Awake “Nightswimming” Recap

Over the past seven episodes, Awake has worked to offer new ways in which Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) and his two worlds can offer insight into one another that help to solve a case, offer new insight into Britten’s condition or provide clues as to the larger conspiracy that has been hinted at on more than one occasion. The beauty of the show, however, is when it utilizes the police elements to tell a better story about Britten and help move his story forward.

In ‘Nightswimming,’ Britten, naked at a college swimming pool and addressing two police officers from the high dive, begins the episode with a certain amount of whimsy. Awake isn’t necessarily a dreary show, but starting things off with the series’ main protagonist in the buff isn’t exactly textbook either.

After the rather curious opening, Britten and Freeman (Steve Harris) are working with Marcus Ananyez (Elijah Alexander), after he narrowly survived being killed by a car bomb planted at the behest of his (former) employer Maxim Basayev. After a little prodding by the two cops, Marcus is ready to enter the Witness Protection Program. Marcus’ wife Alina (Ayelet Zurer), is another matter, however. It turns out, Alina was unaware the seedier details of her husband’s employment, and after realizing that her life and his would soon come down to a single suitcase each, she flees. Naturally, Marcus refuses to cooperate unless his wife is safely brought into Witness Protection.


Mercifully, the episode doesn’t become about bringing Basayev to justice, but rather about bringing two people who have drifted apart back together. Of course, none of this would have any meaning if Britten and his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) weren’t in the process of moving to Oregon – a move which Britten still has some reservations over. Just as Marcus and Alina are about to be permanently displaced, so will Britten and Hannah; only their lives were interrupted under much different circumstances.

Awake - Nightswimming - Jason IsaacsAfter tracking Alina down, Britten offers her the chance to enter Witness Protection on her own, or with her husband. One way or another Alina will be altering her life irrevocably; it’s up to her whether or not the love she used to know with her husband is enough for them to start over. To a certain extent, the same has to be said for Britten and Hannah: the life as they once knew it has ended, so they can chose to begin anew, or let the past keep them at a tepid distance. Given that the writers of Awake, largely Kyle Killen, have worked to make Hannah so likable – and a refreshing antithesis to the typical Hollywood grieving mother – it’s easy to see why Britten’s psyche (if it is indeed just that) pushes him to make a gesture that reconstitutes the love between the two.

Notably, Britten manages to do this without the assistance of either one of his therapists, Dr. Lee (B.D. Wong) or Dr. Evans (Cherry Jones). The absence of his son Rex (Dylan Minnette) is also noticeable, but since this appeared to be just a standalone episode focused on Hannah, and the notion of people letting go those things from the past that prevent them from moving forward, there probably isn’t too much to read into with that.

Some of the other standout episodes like the pilot, ‘That’s Not My Penguin‘ and ‘Kate is Enough,’ all had elements that balanced the series’ larger mystery with grief and a twinge of optimism, which suggested Britten was headed down a new path that would lead him to some momentous discovery. ‘Nightswimming’ does this on a smaller scale; leading Britten toward something uncertain in Oregon – which is causing him to uproot more than his own life, but that of people who rely on him like Jake (Steve Lawrence) his C.I. But the episode also suggests that when it comes to Britten and Hannah, there is something from the past worth going back to, and the slightly sad trip down memory lane that eventually leads to a naked high dive plunge, is as good a place as any for this couple to start over. –

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