It's worth noting that the weekly stakes of the show will be out in the real world, involving everyday people like all of us. And wherever the team is going, ... whether it's Miami or Ohio or Indiana or Baltimore, they're going to be going out to investigate strange occurrences, all related to what the aliens are doing, and trying to put out fires, save the people who are in danger and try to figure out what the hell they're doing and how they're doing it.
He's very happy now, ... He's enjoying doing the show and things are to his liking. Having worked with him, I know he's a pretty harsh critic ... But he's got a wonderful character and he's really embraced it.
Threshold is premiering amid a glut of new SF shows on the fall television schedule. But Braga believes that NBC's Surface and ABC's Invasion are very different shows. Threshold deals with a group of people who work for the government who are trying to stop the aliens. In a funny way, a lot of shows deal with government conspiracy, and there are the people in the shadows who you don't quite know what they're up to, ... We are the conspiracy. We're leading the conspiracy. And they are going to do some shady things. The Threshold protocols are going to occasionally call for some gray areas to be explored.
We've endeavored to depict this alien visitation in a different way. It's not going to be the traditional 'ship lands, people come out' kind of stuff. We're trying to do it in ways that would be very strange. A ship hasn't necessarily landed here. There's some other way they've done it. What they're doing to us is very unusual and kind of not quite any way that scientists predicted.
Whether they want to be or not, ... they're plucked out of their lives by federal agents and told, 'You can't tell anybody what's happening, and you're going to be here for the next X-number weeks or years. If you don't agree, you're going to be put in a cell somewhere, because you already know too much.' Already, it's created kind of a tense situation the whole investigation is intense, so there is a lot of pressure on these characters.
I think it's kinda cool. I think the word would be, um, tasteless
If you have the mythology clear in your mind from the get-go, and you've laid it out and you have a sense of where you're going, you're in good shape. If you're making it up as you go along, I think that's when you get into trouble. We need to be mindful about having big, surprising payoffs that feel intrinsic to the premise. We've endeavored to depict this alien visitation in a different way. It's not going to be the traditional 'ship lands, aliens come out' kind of stuff.
Each episode provides a puzzle piece to a larger mystery.
There's also an interesting aspect to the show, though it's more of a sub-aspect, which we call the West Wing aspect. In one episode there's a senator who doesn't know about Threshold, who discovers 50 million has been diverted to something called Threshold, and he wants to know what the hell is going on. And the lid is almost blown off the whole operation. So the team is not only trying to figure out what's going on, they're trying to keep people from finding out.
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