Creepy anthology series — like most Lifetime productions, aimed at female viewers — enters its second season featuring “L.A. Law” vet Amanda Donohoe as Martha, a suburban housewife.
She’s just married a widower (Geraint Wyn Davies), whose teenage daughter (Sarah Polley) deeply resents her mother’s accidental death. Tension between stepmother and daughter leads to a series of nightmares for Martha, which turn intopremonitions of disasters affecting the family. Is she committing the acts while sleepwalking, or is there another answer?
All comes clear within a tightly paced half-hour, though those who sneer at the possibility of supernatural experiences might find the answer less than satisfactory.
Naomi Janzen’s script (from a story by Jeremy Lipp) has the tension and dramatic line of a good short story, nicely realized onscreen by director Eleanor Lindo. Donohoe and Polley are leading — and best-realized — characters in a cast that also includes Janet-Laine Green as Martha’s best friend and Geza Kovaks as a threatening stranger.
Tech credits and Toronto locations are unimpressive; it looks as though much of episode’s budget was spent on a couple of special
effects shots. Story is so compelling, though, that such becomes a minor reservation.