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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 12, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Self-made tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) contact Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) about the fact an asteroid will crash into Earth in six months.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 18, 2017
    80
    Happily, in spite of the plot labyrinth that any conspiracy theory naturally creates, Salvation keeps its story understandable and makes us keep wanting to know what happens next.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 12, 2017
    60
    A summer series that begins pretty much just as you'd expect, but it seems to be relatively well done. The first couple of hours are OK, at least.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 10, 2017
    58
    The conspiracy element is easily the weakest part of the show and seems present only to drum up some modicum of suspense. The tech babble, however, is a delightful callback to “Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  4. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 6, 2017
    50
    I'm keeping an open mind about the extinction-event melodrama of Salvation, which plays it very straight. [10-23 Jul 2017, p.13]
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jul 10, 2017
    50
    The pilot had more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 11, 2017
    40
    Salvation is a summertime network drama that's not asking anything of you but to give up an hour of your time and lose it forever. In return you get a low-grade familiar sensation that means nothing but dulls your life a little bit.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 12, 2017
    20
    In truth, the bi-ped hamsters of Big Brother offer a more realistic view of humanity than this unbelievable new disaster-drama series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    10
    The show's premise and the main characters in the show are compelling. The science and technology aspects are also very intriguing.The show's premise and the main characters in the show are compelling. The science and technology aspects are also very intriguing. Salvation hooked us in, similar to the way that Star Trek did, but Salvation seems to be more firmly tethered to 21st century reality. There are so few good "sciencey" type shows available right now, and this fills that need quite nicely.

    We thought that the acting was very good, and the writers had the good sense to keep the characters mostly true to their definitions. It made for very good TV-- we binge watched both seasons in about a week.

    We did, however, find some of the second season plot twists to be tedious, particularly the COPE stuff. Really? Wasn't there enough material to explore, particularly the impeding extinction of the human race, or the omnipresent political intrigue? Even with these plot distractions, my family and I thought this was great entertainment. We found ourselves discussing the characters well after we finished watching all of the episodes.

    We're looking forward to seeing what happens in Season 3-- particularly after the cliffhanger ending to season 2!
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  2. Sep 20, 2017
    10
    Funny, thrilling and edgy. I was hooked from the beginning. I just watched the last episode of this season and I am very hopeful for season 2!Funny, thrilling and edgy. I was hooked from the beginning. I just watched the last episode of this season and I am very hopeful for season 2! Great in between season series!! Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2017
    10
    I just liked it. It is not big on plausibility but it has great characters (which I usually find to be the most important aspect of any show).I just liked it. It is not big on plausibility but it has great characters (which I usually find to be the most important aspect of any show). It's fun and different and I looked forward to it every week. Expand
  4. Jul 26, 2017
    7
    I would say this show is best described as the illegitimate love child of a John Grisham novel, 24, and Star Trek. It is cheesy andI would say this show is best described as the illegitimate love child of a John Grisham novel, 24, and Star Trek. It is cheesy and implausible --- but I kind of like it! I've only watched the pilot - so my opinion could change - the show's schtick might get old fast.....but I'm willing to give it some time to see if it becomes one of my summer time, "never gonna be nominated for an Emmy", comfort food shows. Time will tell.......I've got at least 186 days to make up my mind! Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2018
    6
    La serie está bien. El desarrollo de la trama es bueno, aunque un poco lento. Los actores son poco creíbles en momentos, sobre todo los dosLa serie está bien. El desarrollo de la trama es bueno, aunque un poco lento. Los actores son poco creíbles en momentos, sobre todo los dos protagonistas. También es un pelín lenta y se van de la trama principal con facilidad.
    Se opuede ver.
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  6. Jul 15, 2017
    5
    The plot line sounded like it had potential as I enjoyed similar stories like Melancholia in the past. However, I could only watch 15 minutesThe plot line sounded like it had potential as I enjoyed similar stories like Melancholia in the past. However, I could only watch 15 minutes of the first episode of Salvation as it was so cheesy with a soap-opera like dialogue. After seeing the critics reviews, I see I'm not alone in my reaction. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2017
    1
    There is nothing special about this show to warrant me to continue watching it.

    The story line is so predictable and this program reminds
    There is nothing special about this show to warrant me to continue watching it.

    The story line is so predictable and this program reminds me of the numerous ‘disaster movies’ that Hollywood has been churning out for years.

    As for the show’s characters, one could care less if the meteor landed on top of them or in their backyards.
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