A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Beyond is a drama about a teen who awakens from a coma with supernatural powers. He's being chased by shadowy villains who use violence, including guns, to accomplish their ends. A main character is shot point-blank in the head (he survives), and fistfights get intense. Cursing includes "hell," "bitch," "ass," and insults such as "ass-face." Adults and teens drink beer, and a teen says, "I'm drunk," and giggles. A woman is shown in lingerie in photographs. Imagery of otherworldly lights and fires may scare very young viewers, but overall, the show isn't too scary or gritty for teens, who will be intrigued by its supernatural aspects and young hero.
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What's the story?
BEYOND begins on an ordinary night in an ordinary town, when two friends meet up to watch a meteor shower. One of the friends winds up getting in a motorcycle accident, sees an otherworldly light -- and wakes up years later from a coma. But Holden (Burkely Duffield) brought something back with him. Suddenly he has strange powers, not to mention a cabal of villains who are chasing him for reasons he doesn't understand. Holden's best friend, Kevin (Jordan Calloway), tells him to run, fast; a mysterious woman Holden meets in a mall, Willa (Dilan Gwyn), warns Holden to trust no one. But who are these people chasing Holden? What do they want? Why does Holden keep waking up in the woods where he saw the light? And what's the connection to Willa, whom Holden sees in terrifying visions?
Is it any good?
Intriguing and briskly plotted, this supernatural thriller is just spooky enough to grab teens' attention but not scary enough to give them nightmares. Beyond's central questions -- what happened to Holden out there in the woods, and who's after him now? -- are meaty enough to grip viewers and pull them in to await answers. At first, even Holden doesn't realize he has a little something extra; he just thinks he's a regular guy who happened to lose part of his life while unconscious. But was he? While he was out, Willa tells him, he wasn't really "out." He was with her. Doing what, exactly? Something that makes a whole bunch of creepy henchmen chase after him, for reasons that will slowly be revealed.
But mysteries aren't intriguing without compelling characters, and Beyond takes its time sketching them out. Is Kevin a sweet, normal husband, father, and guidance counselor? Or has he been plotting against Holden all along? Is Holden's little brother Luke (Jonathan Whitesell) around to help Holden? Or to keep an eye on him? Does Holden's adoring mom Diane (Romy Rosemont) know more about Holden's coma than she's letting on? And just who is Willa, and what gives her the ability to communicate with those seemingly lost in unconsciousness? Beyond is artful enough to keep viewers watching as it slowly, slowly unspools its riddles.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of supernatural stories such as Beyond. Why do you think characters with powers like Holden's are popular right now? Do you enjoy stories that bring the impossible to life? Why, or why not?
How do special effects enhance our experience of stories such as this one? Do you think these were well done?