ABC’s search for Emmet Cole ends on The River

Several television series have attempted to tap into the LOST vibe and it appears that ABC is keen to have another try with their new series: The River.

Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), a global explorer and host of a popular nature adventure program, has disappeared in the Amazon river basin. Cole is believed lost until his emergency beacon is suddenly activated six months after he and his crew mysteriously vanished.

Cole’s wife Tess (Leslie Hope) and his reluctant son Lincoln (Joe Anderson) take a television network up on their offer to fund an expedition to find him. They embark on a journey into the deepest part of the rain forest together with Emmett’s former producer and a few other intrepid individuals.

The crew salvage Dr. Cole’s ship The Magus, a mobile studio used in the production of Cole’s television program “The Undiscovered Country”. They use the ship to chronicle their search for Dr. Cole and the seemingly supernatural phenomenon they encounter along the way.

Nothing ever really comes from the supernatural nonsense. I guess just watching people ride around on a boat seemed like boring television so the writers threw in some spooky action.

Of course, they do eventually find Emmet Cole. He was in some kind of cocoon this whole time. A COCOON! are you serious? Whatever.

Why? Well, that’s rather convoluted. Emmet spent months searching the rain forest for an ancient tribe who believed themselves to be angels. Members of the tribe believe so ardently in this angel business that they distinctive scars on their backs where they symbolically cut of their wings. You know … their angel wings.

We learned that after collapsing in the rain forest Dr. Cole was delivered to some kind of research facility by the very tribe he had been searching for. Oh the irony. Maybe he suffered from heat stroke. I don’t remember why he collapsed. It’s not important.

Tess and the crew of the Magus followed clues on Emmet’s video diary and find the facility. Some serious shit had gone down there. The scientists thought they could isolate a gene sequence from the local angel tribe and turn it into a cure for cancer. Well as luck would have it, it doesn’t cure cancer. it turns people in zombies.

Yes, I said ZOMBIES. Pay attention.

You know what you do when your television series gets boring? You add zombies. Call it Lazy. Call it unimaginative. Call it what you want. Nothing distracts the audience from a weak plot faster than the undead.

The River may not be very good, but it has been one of the more interesting new television series I’ve seen in this season. There hasn’t been a good mystery adventure program on network television since lost ended in 2010.