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Beyond closes out its First Season with Holden (Burkely Duffield) and Willa (Dilan Gwyn) blackmailed into leading Frost (Martin Donovan) into the Realm and to the bridge he has spent his entire life searching for. Not surprisingly, the reality doesn’t quite match up to the man’s dreams, forcing Holden and Willa to flee the Realm and leave Frost trapped inside with the bizarre creatures. It appears the method of their escape, teased earlier on this season, will have ramifications for both Holden and the Realm next season.

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The last two episodes of Beyond highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the series. Leaving much of the show’s baggage in its dust, “The Hour of the Wolf” takes Holden (Burkely Duffield) and Charlie (Eden Brolin) on an impromptu road trip. Originally set out to gain Holden’s trust and deliver him to Frost (Martin Donovan), Charlie changes sides midstream – although threats against her foster sister lead to some serious internal conflict. The episode pushes larger questions aside while allowing Holden to grow close to someone new and begin exploring his powers not for someone else, or for some greater purpose, but for himself.

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While other subplots involve Jeff (Jeff Pierre) attempting to recruit Tom (Michael McGrady) to help in his investigation, Luke (Jonathan Whitesell) getting expelled from college, and Willa (Dilan Gwyn) learning more of grandfather’s secrets involving her parents, the real focus of “Celeste” is to introduce Holden (Burkely Duffield) to Charlie (Eden Brolin). It’s obvious (at least to the audience) that Charlie can’t be trusted, but even through her charade you can see there is some genuine appreciation for Holden and the life her organization wants to rip him from.

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After an intriguing set-up, Beyond takes a bit of a step back in an episode which continues to tease larger ramifications but spends most of its time on typical family dysfunction. After learning that his family isn’t as perfect as they’ve struggled to make it seem, Holden (Burkely Duffield) finally becomes convinced to allow Willa (Dilan Gwyn) to help restore his memory of his time in the Realm and, she hopes, learn to harness and control his dangerous and unpredictable abilities. There’s also a bit of foreshadowing that although Willa cares for Holden, and will do her best to protect him, her motives are more complicated than she’s willing to let on (and isn’t above putting him in danger to get what she needs).

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After spending 12 years in a coma, Holden (Burkely Duffield) awakes to the amazement of family and doctors. Apparently not suffering from any physical ill-effects, they young man who was knocked unconscious as a middle-school student awakes to a brave new world. He’s also got to deal with growing paranoia, nightmarish visions, sleepwalking, and two separate groups after him for the not-yet-defined powers he somehow awoke with. There’s also and odd woman (Dilan Gwyn) who tells Holden while his body never moved his mind spent more than a decade with her in some other reality of which he only remembers brief glimpses.

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