‘Believe’ Trailer: J.J. Abrams & Alfonso Cuarón’s New Sci-fi TV Pilot

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 5:54 pm,

Of the shows currently lined up to fill NBC’s fall schedule, brand new sci-fi series Believe stands out as one of the more attention-grabbing, mainly because of J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) serving as executive producer and Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) as writer and director of the pilot episode.

Believe stars newcomer Johnny Sequoyah as Bo, a young girl with incredible psychic abilities who is ruthlessly pursued by shadowy, malevolent organizations trying to use her for their own purposes. Jake McLaughlin (who, coincidentally, also played a character called Bo in the short-lived Starz series Crash) plays an escaped convict who is tasked with “kidnapping” the super-powered girl in order to keep her safe.

The trailer (courtesy of Digital Spy) lays the cheesiness on a little thick with the gospel choir background music, and there’s always an element of risk attached to having a child as one of the lead roles in a TV show. Tate’s sentiment of “I don’t like kids” is one that is easy to relate to, since there’s a frequent danger of kid characters coming across as annoying, bratty, frustrating, or just a downright drag when portrayed in fiction (we’re looking at you, Carl Grimes). Good child actors are also a pretty rare breed.

Jake McLaughlin and Johnny Sequoyah in Believe  Believe Trailer: J.J. Abrams & Alfonso Cuaróns New Sci fi TV Pilot

Since Bo is at the very center of the story, however, Believe might be one of those shows where having a precocious child character onscreen most of time may actually work out. The real measure of this show will be how much chemistry Sequoyah and McLaughlin have, and that’s something that’s difficult to make out from this brief trailer.

Is this promo enough to get you watching Believe when it premieres on NBC, or are you going to need a little more convincing before tuning in? Share your thoughts on the first look at this child superhero drama in the comments.


Believe is set to air mid-season on NBC.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. That promo made it seem very bland & generic, not at all what I would expect coming from JJ & Cuaron. Might give it a shot once the pilot airs though.

  2. What is Alfonso Cuaróns claim to fame to make this so attention grabbing?

    While I can understand the JJ pull Alfonso Cuarón is from what I can tell an unproven writer/director.

    • So far, he’s mostly known as the director of what many call the best and darkest of the Harry Potter movies, The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

      • Thats nice but (and I only use this as comparison) M Nightshamalamdingdong had one or two decent movies under his belt then see the stuff he churned out.

        I guess what im getting at is it appears people are getting pushes that in my opinion are undeserved. To mention Alfonso Cuarón and JJ as the main factors for attention in this seems to put (IMO) Alfonso Cuarón on the same level as JJ or at least close to it.

        What happened to getting a few good movies out (as director/writer/actor etc) before getting placed up high or being used as a reason to see it.

        • Children of Men.

        • They are not at the same level because they make totally different films. JJ is most known for his SciFi orientation, whereas Cuaron is better known for his dark and raw films such the amazing Y tu mama tambien and the overlooked Children of Men (not to ignore his role as producer and writer of many other interesting movies and short films). So, if they put their names together is because both of them have a strong career in film making. Thing is this: Cuaron is not a Hollywod star as JJ is nowadays (I still kinda miss his Alias and Coverfield days)

      • I’ve never heard of anyone thinking Azkaban is darker than either of the Deathly Hallows movies.

    • Abrams has more name recognition from doing so many high profile TV shows and Hollywood movies but Cuaron consistently puts out better films than Abrams and he’s a more highly regarded director in many ways.

      • “Consistently puts out better films than Abrams and he’s more highly regarded director in many ways” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

        JJ Abrams is constantly referred to as an absolute master with the camera lens, and thought of as a fusion of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and you’re comparing that to someone who made 1 mediocre film and 1 good one, neither of which highlighted any considerable directorial genius, more so good scripts.

  3. Touch: The Reboot?

    • Exactly!

  4. Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men. While we dont know exactly how Gravity will turn out, it looks very promising.

    Hell, I think that Cuaron has shown more than someone like Brad Bird. And Bird gets a ton of hype around him.

  5. I’ll give it a shot, even though the trailer is kind of bland, in my opinion. Also, are you insinuating that Chandler Riggs is a bad kid actor? Because no matter what you think of the character he’s portraying, that kid can act. Again, just my opinion :)

  6. Weird wide angle cinematography and I agree that the trailer looks bland. This show has still quite a bit of work to do before it can win me over.

  7. Like the current portfolio of Bad Robot: DUMB.

    It’s just too simple, too much on the nose and too ‘smart’ for its own good. Like the trailer of ALMOST HUMAN, the dumbest TV series ever REVOLUTION and his first STAR TREK movie also sucked balls. Did I mention CLOVERFIELD?

    Anyway, I loved ALIAS, LOST, some other projects, but man, stop desperately looking for the ‘high concept’ and just make a TV series that kicks ass.

    • Cloverfield was awesome, Abrams didn’t direct that though, Matt Reeves his best friend did, he was involved heavily in the production though.

      Star Trek is amazing, how you thought it sucked balls is beyond me, you make up probably less than 1% of the world. Revolution while starting off pretty shaky, just lacking direction honestly, has really gotten exponentially better ever since it’s return from hiatus. but yes ALIAS, Felicity, and LOST were all awesome, so was Fringe.

      MI3 is an incredibly underrated film, he revived that franchise.

  8. Cloverfield wasnt bad. And the first Star Trek Abrams did wasnt bad, either.

  9. I believe I’ll pass.

  10. It’s on NBC, they will cancel it before the finale airs.

  11. Looks like push the TV show.

  12. I have read a few stinker reviews and prefer to wait a few episodes and see if it makes more sense.

  13. I saw the debut. I liked Jake McLaughlin a lot; too soon to tell whether there is chemistry with Johnny Sequoyah’s Bo. What I hated and found distracting was the heavy makeup on Bo, which was visible in some scenes. Dark full lipstick, eye shadow–it destroyed any illusion that this was a young, innocent child.

  14. After watching this for 3 episodes I can say it’s just stupid. The back and forth and etc. The let’s help people etc. This formula will get old fast, I will view 3 more episodes if it doesn’t get cancelled than I will move on to Resurrection, I really was hoping to find something to feel the void on Sunday night since I loathe TWD now and I no longer have cable movie channels

  15. Did they stop making the show because I can’t mind it anymore