Debra and I have shared con panels before (and she's quietly incited me to make mischief on them...), and she attended the screening of "Arrived" after Fantasci V last week.
Here's what she had to say about the first episode (and you can check out the entire column here):
It was really good! I forgave a lot of audio discrepancies because it is a rough cut, but the premise is excellent, the acting is first rate, and if you're going to have 5 people locked into an empty house together, you'd better have a darn good writer -- which this show has. The producer is Joe Maddrey, who is a producer of "A Haunting" on Discovery Channel, and the author of "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film."
The stark B&W look, the flat blacked out windows and doors, the inability to determine day or night, it's all surreal. Call it an "irreality show." This is not like the patently phony "Surreal Life," which pretends to be real. This is more like the play it frankly emulates, "No Exit," only with a contemporary house and a few more people -- and, from the teasers I heard, more plot twists. I'm definitely looking foward to all the episodes.
Thanks, Debra for the kind words and the encouragement.