ABC’s ‘The Whispers’ is Adaptation Done Right

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

There’s something strange happening slowly across the world. A low-key, unknown paranormal presence is haunting Earth feeding on what some often yearn for, innocence and to be wholly oblivious to the dark side of human life. Children around the age of 7-9 develop a singular imaginary friend called Drill who is much more than just innocent play.

That is the premise for ABCs The Whispers’  airing Monday nights at 10 PM EST, and it grips with an urgent presence. Based on a short story “Zero Hour”  from Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Illustrated Man’ the show manages to, sometimes too smoothly, stretch and twist the simple and chilling premise into interesting paranormal drama with echoes of ‘The Twilight Zone’ , ’The X-Files’ and previous ABC paranormal drama ventures as Lost’ without all the heavy-handedness and not-so-recent ‘V’ remake with an amplified wisdom of the material they’re handling.

The children featured throughout are endearing and all so oddly calm and on board with a being perhaps not without terrible intentions.  The main cast featuring Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore GirlsHeroes), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Catalina Davis, and Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) rounds out the mood and color of the shows strangely paced consistent bits of revelation.

You can watch the first five minutes of the premiere episode above. If this draws you in the way it does me.

You can catch up with full episodes over at ABC.com and of course at 10PM EST on ABC.

[Video courtesy of: ABC Television Network]

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