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Reverie Promo Video

poster_004With just over a month to go until the première of the sci-fi-ish drama Reverie it seems that the NBC network have started the process of promoting the show.  In a small way at least.

Over night (UK time) a short trailer was broadcast.  KM UK has managed to obtain a copy of the 30 second video.  You can find it in the gallery.

trailer_002Although some elements are, not surprisingly, the same as the trailer first seen 11 months ago (yes, it is that long!) this new promo is largely made up of new clips.

Sadly it does not contain even the slightest glimpse of Kathryn.  They are clearly keeping the best stuff to themselves for now :-)

Reverie, starring Person Of Interest‘s Sarah Shahi as a former hostage negotiator tasked with talking people in to leaving a fully immersive VR simulator, is due to début on the 30th of May in America.

Reverie Actual Première Date!

poster_003Finally!  A première!

The show based around virtual reality gets an actual release date!

NBC have put all the delays and speculation to an end and announced the date and time the first episode of the sci-fi-ish drama series Reverie will be shown.  They made a graphic and everything (see above)!

Make a note in your diaries of Wednesday, the 30th of May, at 10pm on the NBC network.

WonderCon Reverie Round-ups

artwork_002Just over a week ago now (Friday, 23rd March) attendees of the WonderCon event in Anaheim, California, were given the opportunity to watch a special screening of the first/pilot episode of Reverie.

Since then there have been several articles posted online by bloggers and journalists that were there.  I thought it worth taking a little time to highlight a couple of them with slightly different takes on things.

Warning:  These articles do include descriptions of plot elements which could be considered spoilers by those wanting to go into show fresh when it finally airs.

First up is a piece by Derek Vigeant at the TVweb site.  Derek is enthusiastic about what he saw.  He singles out lead Sarah Shahi in particular for praise:

Shahi is absolutely fantastic as the lead and it continues to baffle me that this woman hasn’t been the lead on more shows. She demonstrates the intelligence and determination of someone that could quickly acclimate to being inside the Reverie.

Dennis Haysbert, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Jessica Lu are noted as not playing major parts in this episode but sees hints as to their future developments.  Kathryn is not named in the article but mention of “big brother sticking their nose in things” is almost certainly a nod towards her DoD official’s involvement.  Derek has concerns about the weekly procedural aspect getting “stuck in a rut” but that things like the DoD should help prevent that.

The overall fairly positive TVweb piece ends on a hopeful note:

As long as Reverie continues to grow and develop like the [VR] program itself they should have plenty to offer as this series debuts this summer on NBC.

You can read Derek Vigeant’s piece in full on the TVweb site HERE.

Over at the 4 Your Excitement site, Stephanie Coats has a slightly less upbeat take on the show.  It kicks off with the title ‘Doesn’t Live Up To Its Dreams’ and continues in the first paragraph:

Picture Inception but less gritty and less stylized, sprinkle in some of the elements of Black Mirror’s “San Junipero”, and add more commentary on cell phone addiction, then you’ll have a fairly good idea what Reverie is like.

Stephanie’s piece is more of a description of the story elements than a detailed critique and continues in the final summing up:

As it stands after episode one, there is little that is new, clever, or intriguing to get you hooked. Almost every idea feels lifted from another show or movie. Reverie is lighter, both in tone and look, than its sources of inspiration.

Stephanie Coats’ article can be read HERE on the 4YE site.

Thank you to both Derek and Stephanie for writing up their thoughts on Reverie.  We look forward to forming our own opinions later this year.

Reverie To Be VR Experience – April Fool

artwork_002It was very disappointing to discover that the new NBC sci-fi-ish drama series Reverie that was due to mark Kathryn’s return to the small screen had been delayed again.

First it was picked up to series for the 2018/19 season nearly a year ago now.  Then it wasn’t on the autumn/fall schedules and was announced as a 10-epside mid-season show.  Just as we reached the expected broadcast start it appeared to have been pushed later again, probably until late June.

Well, KM UK has discovered that that date is unlikely to happen either.  In fact the TV show will not now air at all.  I know, that’s terrible!  It is not all bad news though.

With the very rapid advancements in technology such as the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive headsets we understand that Reverie is instead going to be turned into a fully immersive VR experience.  Remember that Steven Spielberg’s company Amblin is behind Reverie and the success of his new movie Ready Player One has shown that this is the way forward for digital entertainment.  This will be the first time ever that a TV-style drama is to be made available in this format.  New and highly advanced headsets will have to be used.  Sony is working on bringing these devices to the public by the summer.

During each episode of Reverie you will at times be watching 3D videos of the cast (Sarah Shahi, Jessica Lu, Dennis Haysbert, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Kathryn) as a mere observer of the unfolding story line.  Though you will be able to move around the scene to view it from what ever position and angle you like.  In other sections you will be an active participant, acting alongside real-time rendered avatars of the actors.  Actually standing right next to virtual Kathryn as she plays Monica Shaw of the DoD sounds almost too good to be true right?

Near photo-realistic computer graphics are becoming common place but the interweaving of filmed elements into an interactive 3D world has required two specially developed technologies.  The first, ‘Flair Loops’, is an advanced filming technique for capturing the actors performances from all angles so you can observe them from any view point.  With those are ‘Polar Foils’ which are metallic stick-on sensors that you place on key areas of your head to monitor your emotional state so the characters can react to you correctly.  If you get scared they can try and calm you down.  Fall asleep and they will try and rouse you.

As the show is about people losing themselves in a realistic VR world there are understandably some concerns that this could turn into a dangerous case of life imitating art.  However, the NBC TV network is said to be putting things in place to prevent people spending too much time in the system.  If the player is believed to be too immersed a substance called ‘Isoflora PL’ will be released into their nose.  This has the effect of immediately making them fully aware of their physical surroundings, taking them out of the VR world.

Hopefully we’ll finally get to see Reverie in its new virtual form before the end of the year.

Update:  As I’m sure most of you spotted very quickly this is my annual April Fool joke post.

Reverie WonderCon Screening Date

wondercon_logo_765x679As reported by KM UK last week the new NBC sci-fi-ish drama series Reverie will be getting a special preview screening at the upcoming WonderCon convention in Anaheim, California.

In the past couple of days a full schedule of the 3-day event has been released so we can now pin-point when and where that screening will take place.

The whole event kicks of at lunchtime on Friday the 23rd of March 2018.  Sci-fi fans aren’t morning people :-)  Turn up a little late and you’ll miss Reverie as it is scheduled for 3:30pm on that first day.

The screening will take place in the recently opened North section of the Anaheim Convention Center.  First used in September 2017 this annexe adds a significant amount of extra space and is accessible via a covered walkway from the main three halls.  The room in question is called North 200A.

As things stand it does not look like any of the actors or producers will be attending but who know what might change in the next two weeks.

So that is Friday, 23rd March, 3:30pm, room North 200A.  Got it?

The Comic-Con website HERE has all the necessary details.

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