What if “The X-Files” had been about the search for alien trash?
NBC’s new sci-fi conspiracy series “Debris” (premiering March 1 at 10 p.m.) finds dogged agents tracking the wreckage of an alien spaceship.
Warning! Minor spoilers follow!
The parts, at least in the premiere, most often take the shape of large, dull, metallic oyster crackers.
They defy the known laws of physics and have bizarre effects on the unfortunates who come in contact with them.
A maid who discovers a shard and innocently touches it is dropped 14 floors to her death.
In another “debris incident,” as the agents call it, several bodies are found floating in a field.
Somehow this creepy manifestation is connected to a weird little kid who keeps talking about circus acrobats to every woman he comes across.
In the roles of Not-Mulder and Not-Scully are Jonathan Tucker (“Kingdom”) and Riann Steele (“The Magicians”).
Tucker’s American operative Bryan Beneventi is a war veteran who seems to have known trauma in his past and may have done some bad things in the line of duty that don’t sit well with him.
Steele’s British MI6 agent Finola Jones is the daughter of a renowned astrophysicist who recently died. She’s the optimist of the two, believing the alien tech may one day unlock cures for diseases and open the door to global prosperity.
That’s if they can gather the parts.
Some bad people are searching for those extra-terrestrial fragments, for reasons unknown. They also have an unusual method of getting around.
Given that these shards are so dangerous, one of the dumbfounding behaviors by our allegedly savvy heroes is their willingness to thrust themselves right in the vicinity without any protective gear. Forget the psychotropic qualities, the radiation alone would seem threatening.
You’ll be able to spot the pilot’s plot swerves from outer space.
Unless it can dredge up some suspense, “Debris” looks headed for the trash heap.