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‘Falling Water’ wants to tell you about its dreams

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WRITTEN BY ROB LOWMAN 
Southern California News Group

USA’s new sci-fi drama “Falling Water” has a trippy concept.
The story involves three unrelated people who start to realize they are all dreaming separate parts of a common dream.
David Ajala plays Burton, the head of in-house security for a multinational investment banking firm with some questionable practices. An investigation into financial malfeasance at the firm begins to affect his personal life, and he begins to have doubts about what he is seeing.
Lizzie Brocheré is Tess, a New York City woman, who has an eerie ability to predict the next big trend, which makes her a valuable commodity. But she is haunted by the idea she had a baby that was taken away from her, although she is told there is no evidence she was ever a mother.

Will Yun Lee as Taka in "Falling Water." (Photo by: Nicole Rivelli/USA Network)

Will Yun Lee as Taka in “Falling Water.” (Photo by: Nicole Rivelli/USA Network)

Will Yun Lee stars as Taka, a NYPD detective caring for his ailing mother. His intuitive visions put him on the trail of a dream-obsessed cult.

FALLING WATER
What: 10-episode sci-fi drama about three people linked by dreams.
When: Premieres 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
Where: USA.

Tess’s special talent attracts Bill Boerg (Zach Orth) a mysterious billionaire who believes “dreams are like tiles and we’re all dreaming together,” and wants her to sleep with — that is, dream with — another person to connect these visions.
His motives are, like the series, murky, but he promises to help her find the son no one believes she has.
The question is how far “Falling Water” can take its dream logic. In the early episodes, trying to separate the dreams from the reality is somewhat confusing. As the series unfolds, there’s more of a thread, but there isn’t a lot of drama or action propelling it, just mystery.

 Lizzie Brochere as Tess in "Falling Water."  (Photo by: Giovanni Rufino/USA Network)

Lizzie Brochere as Tess in “Falling Water.” (Photo by: Giovanni Rufino/USA Network)

The mystery along with its intriguing premise might have been enough, but the main problem with the show is the slow pacing. It’s easy to drift. About then “Falling Water” usually does something shocking or creepy to make you wake up and pay attention. But really, does anyone like being jolted when they are nodding off?

Contact Rob Lowman at rlowman@scng.com or @RobLowman1 on Twitter.

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