GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)
NBC wants you to play a little game….of silence.
Game of Silence, which is based on a Turkish television series, follows five best friends who have a dark secret they thought they buried 25 years ago but soon discover that you can’t hide your past forever. The boys spent time in a juvenile detention center and were abused on multiple levels that made the show initially uncomfortable to watch. Things weren’t the same after they were released. Jackson Brooks (David Lyons, Revolution) plays the leader of the pack, the one that got out and made a name for himself only to be dragged back years later to help his friend Boots (Derek Phillips) out of trouble. He assaulted one of the officers that abused him as a kid after seeing him on the street one afternoon. Gill, (Michael Raymond James) who plays a bad boy and Shawn (Larenz Tate) come to Jackson for help since he happens to be a big shot lawyer. The group has to dig up the past that they chose to forget in order to move forward and seek revenge for what happened to them. They all band together to help take down the evil warden down since he also just happens to announce his run for Congress.
You feel the connection between these boys as kids and now as adults. They had each other’s backs. Even the new girl, Jessie, played by Bre Blair. They were small town kids that ended up in a bad situation, which the series unravels piece by piece, one secret at a time. It’s a reunion-style drama which actually reminded me of, well, Reunion that aired on Fox back in the day.
The mystery-thriller starts off dark. depressing and somewhat unbelievable at how many things can go wrong in a person’s life, but kept my attention long enough to see it through to the end. Not sure how many people will play that game, but we’ll see. There’s drama, implied sexual abuse and murder, flashbacks, questionable choices by corrections officers and the warden at a juvenile detention center that comes back to haunt everyone and much, much more. Doesn’t that sound fun?
Game of Silence delivers in this gripping ride of a mystery drama series that you won’t want to miss.
Jackson, Gil Harris (Michael Raymond James, True Blood), Shawn Cook (Larenz Tate, Rush) and Boots (Derek Phillips, Friday Night Lights) always stuck together, like brothers. They spent their boyhood summers in the small town of Dalton, Texas, swimming in the quarry, shooting bottle rockets and doing everything they could to mine the fun out of small-town life. But their idyllic world turned chaotic one fateful summer afternoon when a well-intentioned and heroic attempt to save their friend Jessie (Bre Blair, Last Vegas) from her alcoholic mother ultimately cost the 13-year-old boys nine months at Quitman Youth Detention Facility where their lives were changed forever.
Now, 25 years later, the nightmare of the worst nine months of their lives has resurfaced, uprooting a mystery even deeper than their buried past. The brotherhood must now band together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and ignite in them an unquenchable thirst for revenge.
GAME OF SILENCE — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Katie Kelly as Young Jess, Curran Walters as Young Jackson — (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)
The cast also includes Conor O’Farrell (The Lincoln Lawyer
), Deidrie Henry (Justified
) and Demetrius Grosse (Saving Mr. Banks
Game of Silence is executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, David Hudgins, Julie Weitz, Tariq Jalil, Timur Savci, Deran Sarafian and Niels Arden Oplev (pilot). The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television.
Game of Silence premieres with a special preview on Tuesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT following a two-hour edition of The Voice before its regular timeslot on Thursday, April 14.