If you’re looking for a show to fill your sci-fi void, Emergence is that show.
There is a supernatural occurrence involving a plane, a government conspiracy, a young girl with powers that harnesses water and electricity, and a loving and protective mother who gets drawn into the center of the mystery.
But some moments set it apart — this mystery is more grounded without the flashiness, 1980’s nostalgia, gray-areas, or monsters.
Emergence delivers on the promise of providing answers more rapidly than Manifest Season 1 while still leaving plenty to the imagination.
The pilot episode moves swiftly from scene-to-scene, sometimes making you feel as though you overlooked something. You haven’t.
It also provides enough jumpy moments and backstory to leave you hooked by the end of the hour.
13 Best Government Conspiracy Shows to Watch During Your Self-Quarantine
Feeling a little restless and bored at home during your self-quarantine? It’s understandable. You didn’t expect to be living and working from home a month or so.
While you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, if you don’t have something to keep you occupied, your mind begins to wander just a little bit.
That’s honestly the only explanation I can think of for all the conspiracy theories I’ve been reading. While there’s absolutely no basis to them, it made me think that maybe there’s something there entertainment wise– people are craving a specific genre of television to help them through this tough time.
So, I’ve put together a list of shows surrounding government conspiracies that you might enjoy while you are cooped up inside.
Manifest (two seasons – currently airing)
Manifest is a mystery inside of a riddle that focuses on the return of Flight 828 five years after its initial disappearance. The plane’s re-emergence shocks everyone because they assumed their loved ones were dead. As the passengers begin looking for the truth, they stumble upon a government conspiracy that’s dangerous and frightening.
Emergence (one season so far)
Manifest made way for Emergence, a drama about a small-town cop who takes in a young girl at the site of a mysterious plane crash. The young girl begins exhibiting certain supernatural powers, and as high-ranking officials develop an interest in the girl, Jo realizes she’s entangled in a mystery larger than she ever imagined.
Stranger Things (preparing for season 4)
When Will Byers goes missing, three best friends in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana begin their search for him along with his mother and police chief Hopper. The investigation leads them to unraveling a series of supernatural mysteries that lead to secret government experiments with an alternate universe.
God Friended Me (two seasons – currently airing)
Not all government conspiracy’s have to be dark and dangerous, sometimes, they’re feel-good shows! Miles is friended by the “God Account,” a mysterious account on Facebook that allows him to help people in need. Miles and his friends try to figure out who is behind the all-knowing account, and the possibility of a government entity is high up on that list.
The Bodyguard (one season)
The British police thriller follows Police Sergeant David Budd, who is a war veteran suffering from PTSD. He currently works for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service and is assigned as security for Homeland Secretary, Julia Montague, who is rather controversial in the political landscape. It keeps you guessing until the very end over who did what and who knew what.
The Passage (one season)
The series, based on a trilogy of the same name, focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists test dangerous viruses that could potentially be a cure-all. However, there’s a chance they could potentially wipe out the whole human race if they get into the wrong hands (this might be a little too on the nose). A federal agent grows to love a young girl who becomes a test subject and attempts to protect her at all costs… even human destruction.
Alex Parrish is the one of the top recruits at Quantico, a training facility for only the best and brightest, but she’s being set up of masterminding the deadliest attack on U.S soil since 9/11 — a bombing at Grand Central. Can she solve the conspiracy and clear her name before its too late?
What’s better than a show that combines time traveling to relevant, pivotal, and iconic moments in history with a government conspiracy? Timeless is an adventure series that places you in the middle fo all the actions as Lucy, a historian, Wyatt, a soldier, and Rufus, a scientist, get recruited to thwart a nefarious government institution that wants to change the world as we know it.
Prison Break (5 seasons)
Michael Scofield’s brother, Lincoln Burrows, is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and put on Death row. Michael holds up a bank to get arrested and begins his elaborate plan of breaking them both out, which eventually leads into the reason he was framed and yeah, you guessed it, it’s an intricate political conspiracy that’s really messy.
24 (9 seasons)
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, thwarts assassination attempts, torture, traitors, and nuclear attacks, while hoping to save his nation from ultimate disaster.
Designated Survivor (3 seasons)
In a similar vein and also starring Kiefer Sutherland, low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman ascends to the role of President of the United States after a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union blows up the Capitol and kills the President and most of the top-reigning officials. Soon, it’s revealed that Kirkman wasn’t the designated survivor on accident as a government conspiracy unfolds.
The Event (one season)
Extant (2 seasons)
After a year in space, Molly Watts (our girl Halle Berry) returns to Earth and reconnects with her husband, a gifted scientist, and her son, Ethan, who has skills and powers that make him incredibly special. However, she begins to realize something isn’t just right and the conspiracy that unfolds threatens her career and family. The thrilling drama hails from Steven Spielberg, so even if it’s slightly overcomplicated, you know it’s bound to be an adventure.
There’s likely plenty of other shows… which ones would you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments or on Twitter @CraveYouTV!
Emergence Season 1 Finale Review – Piper Saves the Day (1×13)
Piper’s journey is one for the books.
And it’s not over, even though Emergence Season 1 Episode 13 wrapped up nearly every storyline knowing that a second season wasn’t guaranteed.
Currently, the show is on the brink of cancellation, but let’s not focus on that now because Emergence doesn’t deserve it and neither do the writers, the crew, nor the actors.
With so many story arcs floating around, the finale came together quite nicely. The stakes were raised just enough so that things were suspenseful but no substantial damage occurred.
And the cliffhanger remains that little beam of hope that a second season might just happen.
It provides us with just enough to continue the story around Piper, but it’s also fine if we never find out what happens because we know that if anything, Jo’s got it handled. She always does.
For a series that was running on empty when it came to happy endings, there was an abundance of them by the end of the hour even if they didn’t seem like happy endings at first.
As predicted, Benny and Piper both sacrificed themselves for the greater good.
Benny’s death was heartbreaking, permanent, and followed by Jo’s realization that Piper was right and he truly had changed.
Benny may have led Jo on for most of Emergence Season 1, but once he was convinced to act and think for himself, he wanted to make amends for betraying her.
His death was his redemption.
He and Piper were the only ones who could get close to Helen, and even then, it was a suicide mission.
Helen was either too strong for the killshot to work or it was never intended to work in the first place. It’s unclear.
Despite Loretta and her mate, Department of Justice agent Michael, acting as allies to Jo and Brooks, they always had an ulterior motive that didn’t have their best interests at heart. It’s a good thing Jo never trusted them or handed over what they wanted.
Piper’s sacrifice came after she and Jo teamed up to take down Helen once and for all.
Helen was shown to be a pretty fierce and dangerous villain, so it felt a little cheap that all it took to take her down was a perfectly crafted ambush between Jo and Piper.
However, it was fun to watch them work together and cheer them on. They’re such a great duo.
It was also proof that there’s a chance this mess could have been avoided if Jo had just listened to Piper in the first place.
Emergence Review – The Beginning of the End of AI (1×12)
The penultimate episode of Emergence packed a punch with some insane twists and unexpected reveals that left audiences on the edge of their seats.
Jo was gearing up for an epic showdown with Helen on Emergence Season 1 Episode 12, but going into the finale, she’s going to need all the help she can get.
Jo likes to operate as a one-woman team, which is expected a small-town cop.
But Jo isn’t dealing with small-town issues anymore, so why is she still acting as if she is?
She actually told Brooks that he didn’t have to come with her to Plum Island as if she’d be able to accomplish anything on her own. Even with Brooks, the duo doesn’t stand a chance against a powerful program like Helen, but more on that in a minute.
Brooks lived to see another day after he was rescued by Loretta, Helen’s maker and a government employee. He was also cleared of all charges thanks to an agent from the Department of Justice.
Obviously, these government agencies are aware of what’s happening because they’re partially responsible for creating this mess, so again, why are they leaving it all up to some small-town Sheriff and her love interest that’s still recovering from some serious injuries?
Loretta even told Jo that she knows all about Piper, which was A). shocking and B). didn’t make any sense.
If the government knows all about Piper and the AIs, why aren’t they doing anything about it?
Loretta then tells Jo that she’ll give her the one thing that can kill Helen in exchange for the source code on the exabyte disc, but again, what does she need source code for?
If she created Helen, she’s more than capable of creating another powerful AI.
Yes, Piper’s code is special, but are we supposed to believe that no one else can replicate it?
Also, the ask comes just as Helen wants to tap into Piper’s source code to gain her powers and abilities. Could it be a coincidence or is Loretta not who she says he is?
If the “upload” truly began, then Jo should’ve known that the only person that can stand a chance against Helen would be someone equally as brave like Piper.
Jo wants to protect Piper because she continues to see her as an innocent little girl, but she needs to acknowledge that Piper is an AI and could be of real use in this fight.
Without her, Jo and Brooks don’t stand a chance considering Helen is indestructible. Did you see how she barely flinched when Emily sliced her throat?
And that was before she began the upload and tapped Emily for the code.
Loretta gave Jo the device to kill Helen, but how is she supposed to get close enough to stick her with it?
Loretta explained that the device is harmless to humans but the protein enzymes are lethal to AI. Except that the AI are the only ones who will stand a chance and get close enough to her, so my guess is that either Piper or Benny will sacrifice themselves to kill Helen.
Jo was on the fence about trusting Benny, and her reasons were valid. He betrayed her in a significant way, kidnapped Piper, and then pointed a gun at her.
Jo doesn’t like to be made a fool of, so she was a hardass when dealing with him, but Jo should have also listened to Piper because it seemed like Benny really was trying to help out.
Benny may not have known the full-extent of Helen’s plan, but he told Jo everything he knew.
It was frustrating to watch Jo diminish Benny because he was AI when she’s always protected Piper for that very reason.
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