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X-Files creator Chris Carter hasn't done much non-X-Files-related for more than a decade, but now he's venturing back into supernatural scripted serial territory -- courtesy of Amazon.com, of all places. The site's fledgling Amazon Studios, which last year produced a pilot for a Zombieland show that never made it to series, has released a pilot for Carter's The After, and like last year's batch of pilots, it's letting YOU the viewer vote for which ones should be made into a full-fledged show.
The After stars a crop of familiar faces -- including Jamie Kennedy (Scream), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Arielle Kebbel (The Uninvited), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Aldis Hodge (Leverage) and Andrew Howard (I Spit on Your Grave) -- as a group of strangers who band together when an apocalyptic event strikes Los Angeles. As they struggle to survive, they try to figure out what the exact nature of the event is and end up discovering they have mysterious ties to one another.
I wouldn't say the pilot is great, but it's interesting enough to make me want another episode. It feels sort of like Lost meets Revolution, and as a horror fan, I was wondering throughout if it would eventually make a horror turn -- and thankfully, at the very end, it does, which only makes me want to see more. So, do the genre a favor and view the pilot episode, then submit a positive vote so hopefully we can get at least one full season of The After.