'The Fades: Season One'
(Daniel Kaluuya, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Robbie Gee, Joe Dempsie, Jenn Murray, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / BBC Video)
Overview: "Fades" is the name concocted by series writer Jack Thorne for dead people - not just any dead people, but those who are trapped between this world and the next, doomed to walk the Earth without the ability to interact with it or its denizens.
DVD Verdicts: The brilliant Jack Thorne wrote the daringly original UK series 'Skins' and now he sets his sights on another breed of teen angst - the supernatural thriller 'Fades.'
In the first episode, two kids (who turn out to be our heroes) are skulking around inside an old, abandoned shipping mall when one of them, Paul witnesses some weird sh*t! And then we're straight into the action, the darkness unfolds, and without any real explanations! A funny scene happens with our boys in the girls bathroom, but it's the flashforward nightmare's that Paul has seem to be getting worse.
In the second episode, those nightmare's show Paul (the chosen one - come on now, stick with it!) that the end of the world is coming and that, seemingly he canot do a thing to stop it. The comedic relief is provided by motormouth Mac, his best mate and someone who has to keep talking - and usually about geeky movie stuff! In the third episode the Angelics (a group of people who know the truth about the "Fades") lose a member of their already-small band, Paul grows wings (don't ask!), and he starts to come across as a form of 'good' Voldemort! Well, until a near-fatal accident becomes him.
In the fourth episode, a new, stronger 'creature' is born into human form to lead the "Fades" against the humans. Paul's condition is a brain dead coma and his family group around him at his bedside. But, he is now a "Fade" and can walk between the two worlds, trying to figure out how to either pass on or how to get back into the land of the living. In the fifth episode, after getting to know the 'creature,' Paul finds himself swayed between the two worlds. But then, due to some Angelic's help, Paul is brought back to human and his fighting spirit too! A Help Center is set up a the school, but suddenly it's over run by the "Fades." With a new power discovered, we head into the sixth and final episode of the first season. With Paul knowing that the world is about to end in a few hours, he knows he must find the Ascension Point. With his mind associated with that of an 'angelic swiss army knife,' a truly shocking moment comes with but 30 minutes to go! And the final battle at the Ascension Point will definitely have you holding your breath! "Nanu Nanu"!!
This is a Full Screen Presentation (1:78) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: