Six people awaken from stasis in a huge, battered space ship. They don't know who they are or what they're doing on the ship, although their personalities and practical knowledge about the ship are still intact. Since they don't know their own names, the woman who awoke second gives each of them a number based on the order in which they awoke:
One (Marc Bendavid) found a pendant under a pillow, a pendant symbolizing freedom that the colonists also had. He also argued passionately for delivering their shipment of guns to the miners.
Two (Melissa O'Neil) is obviously the boss. When she woke, she immediately ran to the bridge to turn the life support back on, and whacked One when he got in her way. Then she started telling everyone what to do. And pretty quickly, everyone was doing it.
Three (Anthony Lemke) is an idiot with rage issues, a talent for bullshit, and a great big gun. (Loved him knocking himself out by shooting at the door that wouldn't open.)
Four (Alex Mallari Jr.) is deeply into swords and has a puzzle box in his room. What's in the box? And hey, he knew where his room was, didn't he?
Five (Jodelle Ferland) is a teenage girl with blue-green hair (love her pants) who fixes things and has strange dreams. She wasn't listed in the data they found, like the other five were. Is she a passenger? A prisoner? Is she behind all of this?
Six (Roger R. Cross from Continuum and 24) seems like a nice guy. He took care of Five when she was injured. And he complained a lot about the bad food.
The number names made me want to put together a Brady Bunch graphic, but of course, someone already did that. I hope they're going to keep the number names, even though we found out their real names at the end of the episode. Except for Five. And the Android, who probably doesn't have a name.
The Android, whom I kept expecting them to refer to as Seven (not just because she was the seventh character, but because of her resemblance to Seven of Nine), is played by the wonderful Zoie Palmer from Lost Girl. The Android's knowledge and her link with the ship's mainframe helped our six human characters evade an attack (by the multicorps?) and figure out that their shipment of guns was supposed to go to the miners. She also lost her hand and it reattached via nanites while she was unconscious. I assume that an expressionless android would have no trouble concealing something she was ordered to conceal. So does the Android know what is going on?
The multicorps that run this 'verse (sounds like Continuum) appear to be pretty bad if they're oppressing colonists who just want to make a living. The leader of the little group on the planet mentioned that they were expecting the Raza, reptilian aliens that were enforcers for the multicorps. Except that it turns out their own ship (that looked like a waterbug instead of a Firefly) is called the Raza. Hmm.
This pilot gave us seven interesting characters and a ton of questions and set-up for what could turn into a fascinating series. Why were their memories wiped? Were the five of them really murderers and pirates, or was the information planted and false? Is this series all about rebellion, or redemption, or possibly something else? Could one of them be lying about their amnesia? If so, who?
I'm definitely watching the next episode.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.