‘The Crossing’ is an American thriller sci-fi TV show created by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. The series airs on ABC and it first premiered on April 2, 2018. The show is about a group of refugees who are seen fleeing from a war-torn country in order to seek asylum in America. They try to pass themselves off as Americans since they want to rebuild their lives. However, things get a little complicated when it becomes evident that one of the refugees might have superpowers.
While the series has a decent fan following, it has not gone down too well with the critics, who have appreciated the way the show tries to have a complex plot structure, while pointing out that it loses out on a lot of audiences because the plot is too alienating to be enjoyed.
The Crossing Cast: Who is in it?
The star cast of the series ‘The Crossing’ involves Steve Zahn of ‘Dallas Buyers Club‘ and ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ fame, who plays the role of Sheriff Jude Ellis, Sandrine Holt appears as Agent Emma Ren of the DHS, Natalie Martinez of ‘Death Race’ fame appears as Reece, Tommy Bastow as Marshall, Rick Gomez of ‘Band of Brothers’ fame plays the role of Nestor Rosario, Rob Campbell appears in the role of Paul, Grant Harvey as Roy Aronson, Marcuis W. Harris as Caleb, Jay Karnes of ‘The Shield‘ fame appears as Craig Lindauer, Kelley Missal in the role of Hannah, Simone Kessell plays the role of Rebecca, Luc Roderique appears as Bryce Foster. John D’Leo of ‘The Family’ fame, which also starred Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, plays the role of Will. Bailey Skodje appears as Leah and Georgina Haig of ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Limitless’, and ‘Fringe’ fame appears in the role of Dr. Sophie Forbin.
The Crossing Plot: What it is about?
It is not difficult to make out that something wrong is going on when refugees coming from a war-torn country start looking for asylum in a small fishing town in America. The natives of the town soon realize that the country they are trying to escape from is America, and the war from which they are trying to run away has not happened as of yet. While the government is trying to figure out the reason behind this migration, the truth cannot be hidden as the lives of those migrants is not going to be the same as before.
The basic plot of ‘The Crossing’ introduces us to Ellis, a small town sheriff, in the fictional town of Port Canaan in Oregon. He has to deal with the problem of a sudden influx of refugees. It is an unbelievable situation as the beaches get filled with those seeking asylum from what they claim to be Apex. We are soon made aware that Apex is a group of highly evolved humans who are targeting and eliminating anyone who is not like them. If this was not scary enough, the actual plot twist lies in the fact that these refugees are from America itself, but this is an America that is 180 years in the future. Complicating matters even further is the fact that some refugees appear to have superhuman powers.
There are obvious comparisons to ‘Lost’ which has been a seminal show, and the focus to mix science fiction with a survivor narrative seems to be a page out of their book. Notably, Dan Dworkin, one of the showrunners addressed this saying, “It’s nice to be grouped in with ‘Lost’. Obviously, it’s an important show, a seminal show for our generation. Then it’s kind of a curse because you’re being held up against something that’s so mightily regarded.” However, it must be said for ‘The Crossing’, that it does not take time to get to the core of the story. Once the bodies are discovered on the beach, some dead or alive, and all without lifejackets and no signs of a capsized vote, the sheriff realizes he is out of his depth, and the Department of Homeland Security or DHS is called in. Ren shows up and the story about the refugees becomes clear.