From (TV series)

From (stylized as FROM) is an American science fiction horror television series created by John Griffin. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Harold Perrineau, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Eion Bailey, David Alpay, Elizabeth Saunders, Shaun Majumder, Scott McCord, Ricky He, Chloe Van Landschoot, Pegah Ghafoori, Corteon Moore, Hannah Cheramy, Simon Webster, Avery Konrad, Paul Zinno, and Elizabeth Moy. The series premiered on Epix on February 20, 2022. It received generally positive reviews from critics for its story and Perrineau's performance. In April 2022, the series was renewed for a second season.

From
From title card.jpg
Genre
Created byJohn Griffin
Starring
Opening theme"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" by the Pixies
ComposerChris Tilton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
ProducerMichael Mahoney
Production locationNova Scotia, Canada
Cinematography
Editors
  • Wendy Hallam Martin
  • Ana Yavari
  • Dan Briceno
  • Stephen Lawrence
  • Michele Conroy
  • Maxyme Tremblay
Running time45–55 minutes
Production companies
DistributorParamount Global Content Distribution[1]
Release
Original networkEpix
Original releaseFebruary 20, 2022 (2022-02-20) –
present (present)

PremiseEdit

In a nightmarish town in middle America that traps everyone who enters, unwilling residents strive to stay alive and search for a way out. But they are plagued by the terrifying nocturnal creatures from the surrounding forest. Secrets are hidden in the town itself.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Harold Perrineau as Boyd Stevens, the sheriff and de facto mayor of the township
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno as Tabitha Matthews, a new arrival who came with her family. She is Jim's wife and Julie and Ethan's mother.
  • Eion Bailey as Jim Matthews, a new arrival who came with his family. He is Tabitha's husband and Julie and Ethan's father.
  • David Alpay as Jade, a new arrival who arrives at the same time as the Matthews family. A very wealthy software developer, he has a very arrogant, abrasive manner and struggles with his new circumstances.
  • Elizabeth Saunders as Donna, the head of Colony House
  • Shaun Majumder as Father Khatri, the community priest who lives in the township
  • Scott McCord as Victor, a very strange member of Colony House who is the earliest surviving resident
  • Ricky He as Kenny Liu, the community's deputy sheriff who lives in the township
  • Chloe Van Landschoot as Kristi, the community's doctor who lives in the township
  • Pegah Ghafoori as Fatima, a member of Colony House
  • Corteon Moore as Ellis Stevens, Boyd's son. He chooses to live at Colony House instead of the township.
  • Hannah Cheramy as Julie Matthews, a new arrival who came with her family. She is Tabitha and Jim's daughter and Ethan's sister. She chooses to live at Colony House.
  • Simon Webster as Ethan Matthews, a new arrival who came with his family. He is Tabitha and Jim's son and Julie's brother.
  • Avery Konrad as Sara, a worker at the diner who lives in the township with her brother Nathan. She suffers from hallucinations which tell her to kill people.
  • Paul Zinno as Nathan, Sara's brother who lives in the township, tending to the farm animals
  • Elizabeth Moy as Tian-Chen Liu, Kenny's mother who works at the diner and lives in the township

RecurringEdit

  • Vox Smith as boy in white, whom only Ethan, Victor, and Sara can see
  • Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks as Trudy, a resident of Colony House
  • Bob Mann as Frank Pratt, a man whose wife and daughter were killed by monsters the night before the Matthews and Jade arrived
  • Simon Sinn as Bing-Qian Liu, Kenny's father and Tian-Chen's husband. He suffers from dementia and lives in the township.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Long Day's Journey Into Night"Jack BenderJohn GriffinFebruary 20, 2022 (2022-02-20)
On a cross-country drive, the Matthews family, consisting of father Jim, mother Tabitha, and children Julie and Ethan, take a detour off the highway and find themselves in a small town. The local sheriff, Boyd, instructs them to follow the road to return to the highway. When the Matthews family continues to drive in their RV, they instead find themselves looping back to the town repeatedly until they encounter another car that runs them off the road. The townspeople arrive to help, bringing the passengers of the other car, Tobey and Jade, back to town, while Boyd and the town doctor Kristi decide to stay in the overturned RV with Jim to stay with Ethan, who is immobile with a serious leg wound. Tobey is later murdered in the clinic by a resident, Sara. On the way back into town, the car driven by deputy Kenny runs over a spike strip that was left on the road for the RV, prompting Kenny, Tabitha, Julie, the town priest Father Khatri, Jade, and Boyd's estranged son Ellis to run for the "Colony House" on foot before dark. Back in the RV, as night falls, strangers approach the vehicle.
2"The Way Things Are Now"Jack BenderJohn GriffinFebruary 20, 2022 (2022-02-20)
In town, the group barely makes it to the Colony House, where they are let in by the leader, Donna. Per their protocol, Tabitha, Julie, and the unconscious Jade are separated and confined for their safety. In the RV, Kristi, Boyd, and Jim stabilize Ethan, while the strangers surround the vehicle. Simultaneously, Boyd and Donna explain to Jim and Tabitha the situation in the town: the surrounding woods are full of intelligent, shape-shifting creatures that kill for sport. All of the town residents are people who arrived at the town and became trapped, with the earliest surviving resident being a strange man named Victor. In the past, Boyd discovered mysterious talismans that, when placed inside an enclosing structure, act as a shield from the monsters. At the clinic, Sara is commanded by the voices to kill Tobey and open the door; the monsters enter and brutally kill everyone inside, including Kenny's elderly father. Morning arrives and Boyd and Kristi bring Jim and Ethan to the town, while Kenny discovers the carnage at the clinic and grieves. In the Colony House, Ethan looks out of a window and sees a mysterious boy in white.
3"Choosing Day"Jack BenderJohn GriffinFebruary 20, 2022 (2022-02-20)
Donna explains the situation to a now-conscious Jade. In disbelief, he assumes the town is an escape room arranged by the now-deceased Tobey. Father Khatri leads Jim and Tabitha on a tour of the town, explaining that they will undergo a local ritual called the "Choosing Day" where they decide if they will stay in a private home in the town proper, or communally in the Colony House. Passing by a strange structure in the middle of town, Khatri explains that the town's only form of punishment is the "Box", where the culprit is confined overnight and left exposed to the monsters. This punishment, never having taken place before, is reserved for Frank, a drunkard whose negligence resulted in the deaths of his wife and daughter. Boyd attempts to spare Frank but he refuses. At the Choosing Day for Jade and the Matthews family, Julie chooses the Colony House after her family picks Frank's former residence, while Jade causes a scene and is brought to Tobey's grave. Kenny brings Jade to stay at his house while Julie and the rest of the Matthews family settle in separately to their new homes. Frank is killed in the Box by the monsters.
4"A Rock and a Farway"Jack BenderJavier Grillo-MarxuachFebruary 27, 2022 (2022-02-27)
In the distant past, a child Victor sees the corpses of many residents. The boy in white appears and invites him to play on a roundabout. In the present, Ethan matches the boy in white he saw to a drawing made by Victor. Kenny shows Jade that the town has no fixed physical location. As they are speaking, a radio emits static and Jade carries it off. At the Colony House, Julie begins to have regrets when she learns that the residents share everything and live communally. Julie angrily confronts Tabitha about Jim and Tabitha's impending divorce due to the death of their baby, Thomas. Tabitha returns home and argues with Jim. Victor takes Ethan away to search for the boy in white. In the woods, Victor shows Ethan a tree with an opening in it – he demonstrates by throwing a rock in the tree that objects within are teleported to another random physical space. Searching for Ethan, Jim and Tabitha are surrounded by wild dogs but Victor scares them off with a pistol. At the diner, a hallucination encourages Sara to murder Ethan and she has a seizure. Victor digs a set of graves outside the Colony House.
5"Silhouettes"Brad TurnerVivian LeeMarch 6, 2022 (2022-03-06)
Sara recovers at the clinic. Boyd begins to suspect that the town itself can cause some kind of physical reaction due to Sara's and Ethan's seizures; he reveals to Kristi developing tremors in his left hand. Seeking a second opinion, Sara questions if Kristi would do "one bad thing" for the whole town to go home, Kristi responds affirmatively as she has an abandoned fiancee. Independently, Jade and Jim begin to ask questions and think about the possibility that they died in the crash and are in purgatory. Sara locks Tabitha up in a barn and prepares to murder Ethan – Nathan arrives and stops her, having come clean to Father Khatri, but in the struggle Sara inadvertently kills Nathan.
6"Book 74"Brad TurnerJohn GriffinMarch 13, 2022 (2022-03-13)
Holding Sara captive in a cellar, Khatri explains to her that the modern Bible is composed of 73 books and his theory that the townspeople are being tested by God, their current situation formulating a new, 74th book. The voices prove their existence by reminding Khatri of a bag he buried when he first arrived. Boyd explains to Kenny his plan to venture out into the woods with a talisman to try to find a way to civilization; Kenny rejects this plan as a suicide attempt. Boyd confesses to Kenny that he is suffering from an extremely rare case of early-onset Parkinson's. Jade and Jim fix the radio with scavenged car parts but it only receives static. Jade hallucinates a Civil War-era soldier chasing him. He also sees a strange symbol in a tree. When Kenny's mother Tian-Chen notices, she shows him a discarded notebook with similar drawings. Returning home, Jim finds Tabitha digging a hole in the basement to find where the electricity power lines lead. At the Colony House, a resident named Kevin is shown to have a budding relationship with one of the monsters.
7"All Good Things"Jennifer LiaoVivian Lee and John GriffinMarch 20, 2022 (2022-03-20)
Khatri tells Boyd about Sara and the voices. He proposes that he and Sara accompany Boyd on his trek into the woods. Jim suggests building a proper radio tower using nearly all available resources while he and Tabitha begin a serious excavation in the basement. Jade finds a photograph in the discarded notebook and Tian-Chen points out a child Victor in it. At the Colony House, the residents celebrate the first anniversary of Fatima's arrival to the town; during the party Fatima kisses another resident, causing both Ellis and Julie to become jealous. Kevin opens a window to let his "friend" monster in; it eviscerates him and leaves the window open for others. Monsters swarm inside and kill many of the inhabitants while others escape in a van. Ellis and Fatima survive by barricading themselves in the Colony House foyer with a talisman, while Victor and Julie flee into the woods following the boy in white. Victor instructs Julie to get inside the farway tree and she is transported to a root cellar. The van arrives at the sheriff's station; while Boyd and Khatri are letting the Colony House residents in, a monster kills Khatri.
8"Broken Windows, Open Doors"Jennifer LiaoJavier Grillo-Marxuach and John GriffinMarch 27, 2022 (2022-03-27)
In a flashback, Boyd, his wife Abby, and Ellis arrive in the town just minutes before nightfall. They meet Khatri, who leads them to a concealed cellar with Donna and other residents. The next day, Khatri and Donna explain the situation of the village, and Boyd takes up leadership to help the townspeople survive. Boyd begins organizing the town's resources and forages in the woods, where he inexplicably finds livestock – as he takes on increasing responsibility, he neglects Abby, and her mental health declines. During a scavenging run, Boyd gets lost in the woods overnight. Taking refuge inside a cave while surrounded by monsters, he discovers the talismans and their protective effect. When he returns to town the next morning, Abby has opened fire indiscriminately on the townspeople, convinced she is trapped in a nightmare. When she prepares to shoot Ellis, Boyd shoots and kills her to save his son's life. In the present, Boyd and Ellis reconcile over the death of Abby. Boyd and Sara venture into the woods and Kenny is made the new sheriff. Kenny, Donna, and Jim explain the plan to build the radio tower to the other townspeople.
9"Into The Woods"Jeff RenfroeJohn GriffinApril 3, 2022 (2022-04-03)
Boyd and Sara reach the cave where he first found the talismans and set it up as a point of reference. Traveling further than any townspeople had ever gone, they find a tree with small bottles dangling from the branches, and Sara has another seizure. In town, the people continue to build the Colony House radio tower but lack the required power supply. Tian-Chen then gives Jade the idea to use the electricity from the town's houses. When Sara wakes up, the two are in a tent and Boyd shows Sara that the bottles had scraps of paper in them with one dating back to 1864. Sara explains that this time, the voice was a female voice she had never heard before that instructed her to tell Boyd his plan was a mistake and there are worse things in the forest than the monsters. Sara then addresses Boyd by a nickname Abby used before the tent is attacked by an unseen force. When the assault ceases, the tent is lit up from the outside and the two hear a loud horn.
10"Oh, the Places We'll Go"Jeff RenfroeJohn GriffinApril 10, 2022 (2022-04-10)
The townspeople gather as much wiring as they can to power the radio tower. Ellis proposes to Fatima and she accepts; Kenny makes an advance on Kristi but she rejects him because she is already engaged. Boyd and Sara leave the tent to discover they are in an area of forest covered by spiderwebs. Boyd is bitten by spiders when he approaches what he believes to be a cocooned Abby. Boyd becomes delirious from the spider bites but Sara convinces him to persevere. The townspeople get the radio tower working as a storm approaches. Jim reaches someone on the radio but the voice addresses him by name and warns him that Tabitha should not be digging. As Jim races home, the hole in the basement collapses and Tabitha falls into a cave where she is unexpectedly met by Victor. Victor warns Tabitha that the underground is where the monsters sleep. Boyd and Sara see that the light and horn originate from a lighthouse. The boy in white instructs Sara to enter a nearby farway tree. Sara pushes Boyd into the tree and he is transported into a shaft where he is trapped. At the diner, a bus arrives in town.

ProductionEdit

On June 7, 2018, YouTube Red announced the development of the John Griffin–created series From as part of an overall deal between production companies Midnight Radio and the Russo brothers' AGBO.[2] By April 2021, the series had transferred to Epix after YouTube Red, now YouTube Premium, moved into unscripted programming. The project was given a series order consisting of 10 episodes, with Jack Bender set to direct the first four.[3] In May 2021, Harold Perrineau, Eion Bailey, and Catalina Sandino Moreno were cast in lead roles.[4][5][6] In July, Shaun Majumder, Elizabeth Saunders, Avery Konrad, Hannah Cheramy, Ricky He, Simon Webster, Chloe Van Landschoot, and Pegah Gahfoori were announced to star.[7]

Filming for the first season began in the last week of May 2021 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Principal photography took place around Beaver Bank and Sackville River, situated in the suburban community of Lower Sackville.[8] The opening theme song, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)", was performed by the Pixies, and Chris Tilton composed the musical score.[9]

On April 24, 2022, Epix renewed the series for a second season.[10]

ReleaseEdit

The series premiered in the United States on Epix on February 20, 2022.[11][3] In Australia, it was distributed by Stan.[12] In the UK, it is broadcast on Sky Sci-Fi[13] In Canada, it is available to stream on Paramount+.[14]

ReceptionEdit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 94% of 16 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ably anchored by Harold Perrineau, From is an intriguing journey toward a mysterious destination."[15] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on four critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Saturn Awards October 25, 2022 Best Actor in a Network or Cable Television Series Harold Perrineau Nominated [17]
Best Horror Television Series: Network/Cable From Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 4, 2021). "Harold Perrineau To Headline From Epix Horror Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 4, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (May 12, 2021). "Eion Bailey Joins Harold Perrineau In From Epix Horror Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 13, 2021. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (May 24, 2021). "Catalina Sandino Moreno Joins Harold Perrineau & Eion Bailey In Epix Horror Series From". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 26, 2021. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
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  9. ^ "Epix's From to Feature 'Que Sera, Sera' Cover by the Pixies as Main Title Song". Film Music Reporter. February 19, 2022. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  10. ^ Complex, Valerie (April 24, 2022). "From Sci-fi Horror Series Renewed For Season 2 By Epix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  11. ^ McGuire, David (November 1, 2021). "From Trailer Is a Claustrophobic Look at New Horror Series From Epix Starring Harold Perrineau". Collider. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  12. ^ "First look at Stan's chilling new sci-fi horror series From". www.nine.com.au. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
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  17. ^ Tinoco, Armando (August 12, 2022). "Saturn Awards Nominations: 'The Batman', 'Nightmare Alley', 'Spider-Man', 'Better Call Saul' Top List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2022.

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