The Whispers; Creepy Kids and Danger All Around

The Whispers; Creepy Kids and Danger All Around

While the sci-fi conspiracy drama was ordered by ABC a year ago, the Whispers has come to the air just now, slightly outside the traditional TV season. The bright and opening scene of the series premiere gives you exactly what you are looking for in the TV equivalent of a beach read. Children are playing on an idyllic suburban lawn, but one of them is occupied elsewhere; the little girl is standing off to a side and conversing with her imaginary friend. Sure, that’s also normal in kids until she goes into the house and gathers tools like a saw and hammer that she needs for building a booby trap that would kill her mother on the instructions of her imaginary pal.

It is perhaps the best and creepiest moment in the show’s early episodes and it doesn’t come off as a surprise that this moment brings The Whispers closest to substance and mood of the 1951 short story ‘Zero Hour’ by Ray Bradbury, on which it is based. Airing on Monday night, the story of the show is a vignette, which portrays horror in a suggestive and casual fashion. The story is told from the point of view of a distracted parent and we follow the same route and only gradually come to the realization that an alien invasion is being facilitated by the American children using household items like cutlery.

A lot of renovation and expansion is required for transforming a short story that only lasts 10 pages into a complete television show. During this process, most of the Bradbury lyricism has gotten lost. The Whispers creates a powerful combo of the F.B.I, marital drama and nuclear sabotage. Furthermore, the show also has to literalize invaders who have the ability of manipulating electricity and can actually snatch a fighter jet from the sky. This narrative padding isn’t the element that adds excitement.

Most of it isn’t gripping at all and, in fact, borders on dull most of the time. As far as the quality of construction is concerned, it is way above average. Soo Hugh is the creator of ABC’s creepiest summer show, who was a producer and writer on ‘Under the Dome’. In the early going, The Whispers is more credible and scarier than the CBS summer series, which is returning this month for the third season. Another advantage for the ABC show is in the form of the superb Lily Rabe, who is starring as the F.B.I agent responsible for investigating the increasing cases of violence inspired by imaginary friends.

Two of the suggestible children are played by spooky and wild-eyed actresses, Kylie Rogers and Abby Ryder Fortson. They also add to the creative element of the show. The agent herself has been dealing with some personal issues concerning her dead husband when she is called in to deal with creepy kids who all have the same imaginary friend named Drill. There is also a mysterious man muttering to himself and a possible non-terrestrial substance that adds to the mystery.

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