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The River series is set on the Amazon and delves deep into superstition, magic and the unknown. When a famed explorer was reported missing and presumed dead during an expedition on the Amazon along with his crew, his wife mounts a televised expedition to find him and bring him home. Backed by the producer of her husband's show she convinces her adult son to come on the journey along with her.
The group is made up of old friends, family of the missing crew and a young girl who is the daughter of the ships captain and seems to be psychic at times. Trace evidence has been found suggesting that the explorer may still be alive, turning this to a rescue mission rather than a recovery mission it originally set out to be.
As the group travels deeper into the jungle along the river, strange and frightening events begin to happen. Each time they are ready to turn back another clue to the explorers whereabouts is discovered, luring further on into the unknown dangers ahead.
There are explorations off the boat into the deep jungle where ancient evil and spirits are encountered in their search for the missing crew and explorer. When some members of the original crew are found and brought on board, strange events follow them, putting everyone on board in danger.
Just when it seems all is lost, the explorer is found and insists they continue on with his original trip. The show mixes adventure, paranormal, suspense and horror quite well to produce a well rounded drama each week.
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The Magus Crew finds one of their members shot dead.
The Magus crew find themselves in a dangerous situation as they're stalked by a cannibalistic terror while searching through an abandoned research facility following mysterious clues that suggest Dr. Emmet Cole may still be alive. Meanwhile, security force leader Kurt is forced to make a heavy personal sacrifice to ensure the safety of the crew.
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If you were wondering what the secret of the titular river and its magic are, then this finale episode didn't answer much for you. But if you were wondering how "The River" was going to continue on to a possible second season, then consider your questions answered. We've done a lot of "Paranormal Activity"-esque ghost/demon stuff so far in this series, but "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" took us more into "The Exorcist" territory, or at least a realm closer to the very final scene of "Paranormal Activity.
After an episode last week that had us getting to know Emmet a little better through more tapes of him, the search really picked up. By the end of "The Experiment," it became clear why last week's episode was dedicated to endearing us to Emmet: we're about to spend a lot more time with him. Yes, the crew finally found Emmet Cole in this episode, and in the most unlikely of circumstances. They arrived at the research outpost shown in Emmet's videos, only to find it completely abandoned.
Just a couple of episodes before the end of the first season, and it looks as though "The River" has found its stride. But interestingly, most of the focus of this episode is not on the current crew of the Magus, but rather the old crew: Emmet, Lena's father Russ, and their crewmates Rosetta and Manny. Maybe it was that Bruce Greenwood is a terrific actor with a great grasp on the character of Emmet, or maybe it was the excitement over seeing someone who actually knows how to deal with the jungle taking it on, but I couldn't take my eyes off this episode.
It's about damn time that Eloise Mumford got her moment in the spotlight on this show. The young actress did some fine work in the little that we saw of "Lone Star" in 2010, so I was excited to see that she was on "The River." But, this is an ensemble show, and if we focus on anyone, it's usually Lincoln or Tess. But Lena is here to remind us in this episode that there were other crew members missing, including her dad. Russ Landry was Emmet's cameraman, and Lena actually gets a bit upset with the gang for focusing so much on Emmet with her father missing as well.
I'm beginning to see a pattern here, and apparently Clark is the only one who gets it too: when Jahel says something, LISTEN to her for God's sake. Even her own father pays no mind when Jahel starts talking about "El Colgado," or the Hanging Man. That's even after a swarm of birds run into the ship, so one would think the crew would pay attention. Furthermore, after the weird stuff they've seen so far, one would assume that the crew would be a little quicker to jump to vengeful supernatural forces as a conclusion.
If you happen to speak Spanish, then the title of this episode should give you a pretty good idea of the new terror that strikes the poor crew of the Magus this week. If you don't speak Spanish, here's what happened: the continuing search for Emmet lead the group to a cave in the jungle. The cave was marked by "Los Murcegos," the guardian tribe of the forest that Jahel keeps warning everyone about. Despite the fact that she was totally right the last time in her warnings, nobody listens to her.
As the pilot episode of "The River" begins, we see Dr. Emmet Cole in his element as host of his nature documentary show "The Undiscovered Country," telling us on repeat that "there's magic out there." What we see for the next two hours might not be best described as "magic," but it's definitely a little strange and plenty creepy. Here's the story: Emmet Cole went missing a while back while on an expedition in the Amazon. The television crew behind his former show has agreed to fund a rescue expedition, but only if Cole's wife, Tess, and his son, Lincoln, agree to come along.