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The Awakening 

Major Albert Skynner is brought out of retirement when an alien creature arrives on Earth. The creature communicates through humans who appear to be in a hypnotic spell. The messages it ... See full summary »


Michael Petroni


Michael Petroni (teleplay), Howard Fast (short story "The General Zapped...")


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Hawking ... Himself - Host
Terry O'Quinn ... Albert Skynner
Elisabeth Röhm ... Lt. Granger
William B. Davis ... The President
Julian Christopher ... General Mackenzie (as Julian D Christopher)
Malcolm Stewart ... Col. Dingham
Doron Bell ... Kirby
Samir El Sharkawi Samir El Sharkawi ... The Iraqi
Dave Lantaigne Dave Lantaigne ... Army Officer
Adrian Glynn McMorran ... The Medic (as Adrian Mcmorran)
Dean Marshall ... The General's Aide
Hiro Kanagawa ... Captain Oguchi
Johannah Newmarch ... Assistant
Mitra Loraz ... Palestinian Woman
Andre Fex Andre Fex ... French Leader


Major Albert Skynner is brought out of retirement when an alien creature arrives on Earth. The creature communicates through humans who appear to be in a hypnotic spell. The messages it gives is one of peace, using quotes from all of the major religions of the world. When these creatures start appearing by the dozens, all of the major powers in the world are told to disarm, but the US President is reluctant to do so. Is this a genuine message of peace or is it just trickery and a prelude to invasion? Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Sci-Fi






English | Arabic

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11 August 2007 (USA) See more »

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Reunion Pictures See more »
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Starts out good, then fades fast ...
12 August 2007 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

The first half of this movie is pretty good, but when you finally see where the plot is going, it's disappointing.

Basically, the story centers on the government's investigation of a mysterious lifeform and two catatonic people found at a helicopter crash site in Iraq. The story follows the scientific and political developments that occur as time goes on and strange things start to happen...

I really liked that setup - plus the great acting. The actors and the direction are very good so kudos to the show on that level. Everything looked like this would probably be a pretty good sci-fi story - even if there was a mediocre follow through at the end.

However, eventually the plot changes to one of political preaching and its obvious what's going to happen. It was kind of embarrassing to watch at that point since it's an obvious political censorship of the US's involvement in Iraq. No subtle inferences - it's loud and clear.

The problem is that it's too loud and soon dominates the story. Although the movie is not all terribly bad, I can't imagine who would actually benefit from watching it.

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