The Abandon is the tale of five close friends- Kendall (Sterling K. Brown), Craig (Jordan Mahome), Dennis (Morocco Omari), Aaron (Jaime Lincoln Smith), and Jeff (Billy Eugene Jones) - who embark on a hiking trip in the summer of 2012 only to find themselves caught in the midst of an alien invasion.
Written and directed by Keith Josef Adkins, an acclaimed writer and playwright whose credits include writing for the popular CW sitcom Girlfriends, the pilot for The Abandon is gripping. The dialogue and interplay between the characters feels so real and intimate, it's as if you are a voyeur.
Which brings us to the actors. These men have such chemistry, one has to wonder if they are as close off screen. As circumstances continue to spin out of their control, their reactions make you feel their mounting anxiety and fear.
While the invading aliens do not appear in the initial episode, this isn't a drawback due to the clever way the plot has been written to clue the audience in as to what's happening. Let's just say social media plays a pivotal role.
Below is the complete pilot episode:
Unfortunately, only the pilot episode was made.
The Abandon was independently produced and efforts to raise capital, including a IndieGoGo campaign, were not successful enough to continue production.
That's a damn shame.
This project deserved a shot based on the vision and quality of the pilot episode, as well as the pedigree of the writers, cast, and crew.
But an even more important reason? To disprove the prevalent belief among entertainment executives that the only demographic for science fiction is white males. Fans of science fiction are people from all walks of life - including Black people. The purpose of this project was to illustrate what the rest of us know to be true.
There is always enough room for quality science fiction from visionary creators from marginalized communities. For more information about The Abandon, please visit its official web site:
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