Salvation (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||17 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original release||July 12, 2017– present|
Salvation is an American suspense drama television series, that premiered on July 12, 2017. An official trailer was released on May 10, 2017. The series was originally announced as being developed in September 2013, but received its straight-to-series 13-episode order in October 2016. On October 18, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a 13-episode second season, which premiered on June 25, 2018.
- Santiago Cabrera as Darius Tanz, a billionaire scientist and later the Vice President of the United States.
- Jennifer Finnigan as Grace Barrows, the Pentagon press secretary; she has an intimate relationship with Harris and works with Darius to prevent the asteroid collision.
- Charlie Rowe as Liam Cole, a student at MIT and later Darius' protégé; he is one of the first people outside the government to predict the asteroid's impending collision with Earth. He and Darius work together on an EM drive for a gravity tractor they hope to use to change the asteroid's course.
- Jacqueline Byers as Jillian Hayes, a science fiction writer who becomes involved with Liam and is later chosen by Darius to pick 160 survivors to leave Earth if the asteroid collision cannot be stopped
- Rachel Drance as Zoe Barrows, Grace's daughter (season 1)
- Shazi Raja as Amanda Neel, an investigative reporter who is searching for the truth about Darius' and the government's secrets (season 1)
- Ian Anthony Dale as Harris Edwards, the Deputy Secretary of Defense who is one of the few people in Washington, D.C. who knows of the asteroid's impending impact
- Ashley Thomas as Alonzo Carter (season 2), a detective with the D.C. police who is investigating the disappearance of Claire Rayburn
- Melia Kreiling as Alycia Vrettou (season 2), one of the international scientists taken captive by RE/SYST in order to come up with a plan to prevent the asteroid collision
- Dennis Boutsikaris as Malcolm Croft, a professor and Liam's mentor
- Erica Luttrell as Claire Rayburn, Senior Adviser and later White House Chief of Staff
- Tovah Feldshuh as Pauline Mackenzie, the President of the United States
- Josette Jorge as Karissa (season 1), Darius' assistant
- Sasha Roiz as Monroe Bennett, the Vice President, and later President, of the United States
- Mark Moses as Hugh Keating, Grace's father and former CIA agent
- Brian Markinson as Randall Calhoun (season 1), the United States Secretary of Defense
- Jeffrey Nordling as Daniel Hayes, Jillian's father and a bookseller
- John Noble as Nicholas Tanz, Darius' uncle
- Raven Dauda as Harris' secretary
- Autumn Reeser as Theresa, aka Tess, Darius' first love
- André Dae Kim as Dylan Edwards (season 1), Harris' son and a member of the hacker organization RE/SYST
- Taylor Cole as Fiona Lane (guest season 1; recurring season 2), a bartender with whom Harris Edwards has an affair, but who later is revealed to have a connection to Darius' plans to save humanity
- Jonathan Silverman as Roland Kavanaugh (season 2), the White House Counsel
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||July 12, 2017||September 20, 2017|
|2||13||June 25, 2018||September 17, 2018|
Season 1 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Juan Carlos Fresnadillo||Story by : Matt Wheeler |
Teleplay by : Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro & Matt Wheeler
|July 12, 2017||4.90|
|Liam Cole, an MIT grad, discovers an asteroid headed towards Earth. After informing his instructor who later goes missing, he gains the assistance of Darius Tanz, a billionaire scientist. The two later speak with Harris Edwards, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, who tells them that the United States government is already aware and plans to keep word of the asteroid under wraps. Liam and Darius are informed of the plan the government has to stop the asteroid and realize that the plan won't work. Darius then begins putting his own plan into motion. Darius later gains the support of Grace Barrows, the Pentagon press secretary, after she also finds out that the government's plan failed. Meanwhile, Liam returns to his girlfriend in his hometown of Boston but ultimately decides to help Darius after having second thoughts.|
|2||2||"Another Trip Around the Sun"||Ken Fink||Corey Miller||July 19, 2017||4.28|
|Following the failure of the last plan, the Department of Defense begins looking for a new strategy. Darius receives funding from the U.S. government for his newest idea, which involves an electromagnetic drive. Meanwhile, after a Pentagon employee is found dead at his residence, Amanda, a news reporter, finds it suspicious that no autopsy was performed and begins digging into what he was working on. Liam is tasked with finding his missing MIT instructor, whom he later finds when his research is needed for Darius's plan. Also, Grace almost gets arrested by military police after authorizing an illegal uranium transfer, which is also needed for Darius's plan, from a maximum security classified facility.|
|3||3||"Truth or Darius"||Stuart Gillard||Gavin Johannsen & Dennis Saldua||July 26, 2017||3.87|
|Darius is only given six days to prove his electromagnetic drive will work. Dylan Edwards, Harris' son, is arrested after a peaceful protest he was in turns violent. Liam and Malcolm, Liam's professor, find a matching frequency. Darius' company builds a prototype of the electromagnetic drive, which ultimately fails. Grace goes behind Harris' back in an attempt to get Claire Rayburn, Senior Advisor for the White House, to approve a delay on the Department of Defense's plan. The electromagnetic drive is destroyed in its first test. Jillian Hayes, a science fiction writer and Liam's love interest, is offered a job by Darius, which she accepts and moves to D.C. The President gives the order to move forward with the original plan. Darius appears to hack NASA, which causes the plan not to move forward. Amanda is injured during a hit-and-run.|
|"The Human Strain|
Keeping the Faith"
Angela L. Harvey
|August 2, 2017||3.61|
Following the failed launch attempt to destroy the asteroid, Darius turns up missing. The DoD raids his office building. He is later found at an airport and is arrested on suspicion of high treason. Jillian is tasked with assisting a team in a search to find the "perfect 160 people" needed in an attempt to colonize the planet Mars, which proves difficult. Malcolm attempts to rebuild the destroyed electromagnetic drive. In an interrogation room, Darius leaves Grace a clue which leads her and Liam to a compound found in the middle of the woods. In the compound they find a rocket ship named "Salvation", along with the missing uranium. In the back of an arcade game, Liam finds a motherboard, which when turned on connects the server to NASA. Liam disconnects the server and NASA regains control of the probe, proving Darius' innocence. However, with the probe traveling too close to Jupiter, it's lost due to gravitational pull. It is later revealed that Lazlow, Darius' Head of Security, was the one who performed the hack. Upon arriving to arrest him, he is found to have committed suicide. Meanwhile, Liam and Malcolm manage to get the electromagnetic drive prototype operational.
The now-functioning prototype is moved to a larger facility for testing. The government decides to pull funding given to Darius' company. Amanda awakens in the hospital to be informed that she received a minor concussion. The transport with the drive is set up and the driver killed. The shooters take the drive as well as take Liam and Malcolm hostage. Meanwhile, Amanda is released from the hospital and her supervisor pulls her from the story she was working on prior to the accident. After Malcolm accidentally slips, Liam finds out that Malcolm is the mole who has been inside Darius' company and was in on the set up. Darius and Grace are also informed after a facial recognition match. Malcolm later reveals he is secretly working with the Russian government. Amanda continues to secretly work on the story and receives a major lead from an anonymous person. It is revealed that Malcolm is the one who killed Lazlow. Liam manages to break loose and acquire a gun, which he is forced to use to kill Malcolm and his accomplice. An anti-terrorism team arrives at the airport too late to prevent the drive from being taken.
|6||6||"Chip Off the Ol' Block"||Russell Fine||Blake Taylor||August 9, 2017||3.11|
|The U.S. military officially cut all ties with Darius' company following the report of the missing drive. Grace is informed by her Russian contact that the drive was stolen as retribution for Project ATLAS. When the place in Siberia where the drive was stored is trapped in a storm, the DoD only has 36 hours to plan an attempt to retrieve it. Darius and Liam travel to London in an attempt to gain material for a new drive. Jillian visits Amanda and confides her worries about Liam to her, and Amanda shares her investigation with Jillian. After she confronts him, Liam finally tells Jillian about the asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Harris, Liam, Darius, and Grace begin planning a secret extraction in order to collect a key element needed to build a new drive. However, in the middle of extraction, they are ambushed by the Russian military. Also, Liam is forced to return to an empty home when Jillian decides to return to Boston.|
From Russia, With Love"
|Robbie Duncan McNeill|
|Christina M. Walker|
|August 16, 2017||2.91|
Russia begins threatening the United States with nuclear war. Darius and Liam build a new drive, however, they are not able to launch it without "starting World War III". Zoe Barrows, Grace's daughter, begins digging in to Harris' son after Grace tells Zoe that she and Darius are dating. Jillian returns home to Boston and tells her father she quit her job and is moving back, and finds out that he is engaged. Darius and Grace travel to Russia in hopes of solving the diplomatic issues. In Russia, Grace informs her contact about the asteroid in an attempt to get a meeting with a ranking Russian official. With Grace off the grid, Harris begins searching for her. Darius finds out that the previous asteroid that hit Russia in 2013 was a weapon created using his technology under the working title "Project ATLAS". Grace gets a meeting with the Russian Minister of Defence. Harris learns from Liam that Darius and Grace are in Moscow. Darius and Grace plan to meet with the minister of defence, but the car sent for them blows up before they enter. They return to their hotel to find Grace's informant dead, and they leave just before the police arrive. Harris is informed that Grace was the one who took the Uranium and immediately suspended her security clearance.
Following the murder of Grace's informant, a manhunt is underway in Russia for Darius and Grace, who fake their identities in an attempt to escape. Darius informs Liam that if they don't make it out of Russia he will need to expedite the 160 selection process. Grace and Darius ultimately decide to surrender themselves at the Russian airport. Harris informs Randall Calhoun, Secretary of Defense, about Darius' and Grace's location, who later says they are on their own. Darius and Grace are taken to an unknown location in Russia, where they later find Malcolm, who survived the gunshot from Liam. Malcolm tells them that the only way he will be able to stop the asteroid is by working with Russia. Dylan begins digging into Zoe after she sends him a friend request on Facebook. Darius and Grace finally meet with the minister of defense, who agrees to present their proposal to the Russian military. Zoe reaches out to Dylan and the two finally meet. The Russian minister of defense later tells Darius and Grace that their proposal has been accepted. After returning to the United States, Grace is arrested for violation of the Logan Act; however, she is later released. Also, Jillian returns to D.C. after Liam and her grandfather convince her to.
|9||9||"Patriot Games"||Maja Vrvilo||Gavin Johannsen||August 23, 2017||3.13|
|Grace is attacked and almost killed at her home, however, she is able to kill the attacker. Amanda receives an unmarked envelope with a flash drive containing files about Project ATLAS. Collaboration begins between the U.S. and Russian governments in an attempt to launch the drive. Amanda publishes the files online, causing the Russian government to pull the joint deal. The President denies all claims made by the press, forcing Amanda to go on a hunt to find a reputable source. The United States Pentagon Police arrive at Darius' company to confiscate the drive. Darius agrees to go on record for Amanda as long as she puts him in touch with an underground resistance team. NASA launches the drive, but Russia launches missiles from international waters, destroying it before it can reach the asteroid. Darius reveals that he gave NASA a fake drive, and he gets the underground team to agree to block all of Russia's satellites. This gives Darius a chance to launch the drive on his own, which successfully reaches orbit.|
|10||10||"Coup de Grace"||Dan Lerner||Angela L. Harvey||August 30, 2017||3.44|
|When trying to get a meeting with the president, Darius and Grace are informed that the president is ill. Darius chooses to go public and verify Amanda's story by claiming to be her source. The secret service later finds Darius and Grace and tells them the president wishes to meet with them. The president continues to deny any knowledge of Project ATLAS. Darius informs the president that the person responsible for attacking Grace works inside the White House. Grace decides to tell Zoe about the asteroid, but when she visits her workplace, she is informed that Zoe has quit. Grace tracks Zoe and finds her with Dylan. The president tells Harris that she is firing the Secretary of Defense and promoting him to Acting Secretary of Defense. Darius and Liam find out that the drive has been hacked by the government, who plan to collide it with the asteroid, which would cause fragments of it to fall on Russia and China, destroying both countries. The board of directors at Darius' company holds a vote and removes him as CEO. In the middle of a public announcement, the president collapses. The president subsequently resigns and the Vice President is sworn in as the new president.|
|11||11||"All In"||Ed Ornelas||Corey Miller||September 6, 2017||3.45|
|Grace informs Harris that her daughter and his son are romantically involved. The board at Darius' company requires an audit to find out what happened to the missing billion dollars. Meanwhile, Amanda is determined to find out what the president was going to say in her State of the Union address before she passed. The new president tasks Harris with destroying the underground hacktivist group which Harris' son is a part of. Also, Liam proposes to Jillian, and she accepts. Grace is later informed that her daughter has bugged her phone. Liam introduces Jillian to his mother and tells her that they are getting married that day. Amanda finds a rough draft of the president's script. She begins investigating a "Project Samson" described as post-apocalyptic which was mentioned in the draft. Jillian, leaves Liam at the altar and says she needs more time. A strike team mobilizes on the underground hacktivist group headquarters and blows up the building. It was later reported that six bodies were recovered.|
|12||12||"The Wormwood Prophecy"||Greg Prange||Mike Werb||September 13, 2017||3.51|
|When it is found that the asteroid is made of different material than originally thought, it is proven that the drive won't work as planned. Darius and Harris make a plan to regain control over it. Zoe returns home and tells Harris that his son died in the bombing. Liam and Jillian begin narrowing down the final suspects in the 160 attempt. Harris finds it suspicious that no autopsy is performed on the president's body and plans to do one himself. Amanda finds another draft of the president's speech, but this one is encrypted. Following successful translation of the speech, she knows that an asteroid is headed towards Earth. Upon digging up the president's grave, all that is found is an empty casket. Grace finally tells Zoe about the asteroid. Harris begins digging deeper into the president's grave and finds out that she is still alive. In the process of sending an e-mail about the asteroid, Amanda's office building is infiltrated. Amanda and her boss are both shot, but Amanda still manages to press "send". The office is then set on fire.|
|13||13||"The Plot Against America"||Stuart Gillard||Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro||September 20, 2017||3.13|
|The underground resistance group bombs a U.S. military ship off the coast of Florida using Darius' software. However, it was made to appear that Russian submarines performed the attack. Harris and Grace begin coming up with a plan to get the presumed dead president reinstated into office. Following Amanda's death, Darius and Liam meet with the underground resistance group. Darius agrees to give them his supercomputer and in exchange they grant him control of the drive. Claire corners Harris in a parking garage and threatens to kill him, but Grace shoots her before she can. Harris manages to get the power of the presumed-dead president re-instated. The president then makes her initial statement with the intent of informing United States citizens about impact of the asteroid. NORAD interrupts the broadcast with their own statement about Russian nuclear missiles headed towards the D.C. area. This causes Darius to immediately put his 160 plan into action.|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|14||1||"Fall Out"||Stuart Gillard||Liz Kruger & Craig Shapiro||June 25, 2018||3.36|
|Tensions begin to flare inside the "Salvation" bunker where 160 people including Harris, Grace, and Jillian are locked inside. The United States Military launches their defense systems in an attempt to stop the incoming Russian missiles. Five days later Darius opens the bunker and informs Grace that he is now the Vice President. Most of the Russian missiles are stopped however, one of them was hacked by "RE/SYST", the underground hacktivist group. RE/SYST changed the target of the missile to Lebanon, Kansas, which is the geographic center of the contiguous United States. RE/SYST makes an announcement to the world stating that they now control the drive and thereby hold the fate of the world in their hands, and adding that any country refusing to meet their demands would face consequences. Included in RE/SYST's demands are using Tanz Industries HQ as their base of operations, forcing the government to nationalize Tanz Industries. RE/SYST is also putting together a team of scientists in which Liam is their top pick. The President picks Darius to become the Vice President. The President also officially promotes Harris from Acting Secretary of Defense to Secretary of Defense and Grace to Senior Adviser. Upon arriving for RE/SYST's team of scientists, Liam finds out that Malcolm is also a part of the team.|
|15||2||"Détente"||Ken Fink||Gavin Johannsen||July 2, 2018||3.11|
|Liam and Malcolm clash at the first meeting of the scientist team. Detective Alonzo Carter begins looking into the disappearance of Claire. Meanwhile, Darius and Grace take a trip under the radar to Reykjavik, Iceland despite Resist's travel ban in an attempt to begin building their own. counter-team of scientists. Jillian begins settling into her new role as Assistant to the Vice President and also temporarily moves in with Grace. Darius successfully pitches his idea in Iceland. Darius is shot twice following his speech; he survives due to wearing a bulletproof shirt. Liam finds out that another member of the team previously worked for Darius. The former Vice President, who temporarily served as President, claimed that his power as President was illegally revoked and that he is still the President. It is later found that he is forming his own military to regain the Presidency. Alonzo visits Grace and informs her that he is Claire's brother.|
|16||3||"Crimes and Punishment"||Maja Vrvilo||Mike Werb||July 9, 2018||2.57|
|Monroe officially files a case with the United States Supreme Court in his newest attempt to regain office. Darius begins building a railgun with the assistance of Iceland. However, all the employees left after conflicting arguments on who to report to. Disagreements continue to arise in the team of scientists. Alonzo begins digging deeper into Claire's death. Liam receives pressure from Darius to shut down his supercomputer which would lower RE/SYST's threat level. Claire's body unexpectedly shows up in the morgue after washing on up on the beach shore. Flash mobs continue to grow outside the White House and Supreme Court. A suicide bomber blows up an office in the Supreme Court after threats against her family, seriously injuring Chief Justice Cheng. Meanwhile the president prepares for a second civil war with the United States as she approves mobilization of the National Guard.|
|17||4||"Indivisible"||Dan Lerner||Damani Johnson||July 16, 2018||2.53|
|18||5||"White House Down"||Douglas Aarniokoski||Carolyn Townsend||July 23, 2018||TBD|
|19||6||"Let the Chips Fall"||Greg Prange||K.D. Davila||July 30, 2018||TBD|
|20||7||"The Madness of King Tanz"||Nick Gomez||Blake Taylor||August 6, 2018||TBD|
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 50% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 5.75/10. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 48 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Season 1 (2017)
|1||"Pilot"||July 12, 2017||0.7/3||4.90||0.2||1.65||0.9||6.55|
|2||"Another Trip Around the Sun"||July 19, 2017||0.7/3||4.28||0.2||1.59||0.9||5.87|
|3||"Truth or Darius"||July 26, 2017||0.6/3||3.87||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||"The Human Strain"||August 2, 2017||0.5/2||3.61||0.2||1.34||0.7||4.95|
|5||"Keeping the Faith"||August 2, 2017||0.5/2||3.61||0.2||1.34||0.7||4.95|
|6||"Chip Off the Ol' Block"||August 9, 2017||0.5/2||3.11||0.2||1.30||0.7||4.42|
|7||"Seeing Red"||August 16, 2017||0.4/2||2.91||0.2||1.34||0.6||4.23|
|8||"From Russia, With Love"||August 16, 2017||0.4/2||2.91||0.2||1.34||0.6||4.23|
|9||"Patriot Games"||August 23, 2017||0.4/2||3.13||0.2||1.18||0.6||4.31|
|10||"Coup de Grace"||August 30, 2017||0.5/2||3.44||0.2||1.33||0.7||4.69|
|11||"All In"||September 6, 2017||0.5/2||3.45||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|12||"The Wormwood Prophecy"||September 13, 2017||0.5/2||3.51||0.2||1.33||0.7||4.84|
|13||"The Plot Against America"||September 20, 2017||0.5/2||3.13||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Season 2 (2018)
|1||"Fall Out"||June 25, 2018||0.4/2||3.36||0.2||1.26||0.6||4.62|
|2||"Détente"||July 2, 2018||0.4/2||3.11||0.2||1.08||0.6||4.20|
|3||"Crimes and Punishment"||July 9, 2018||0.3/1||2.57||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|4||"Indivisible"||July 16, 2018||0.3/1||2.53||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Awards and nominations
|2017||The Joey Awards||Best Recurring Principal or Guest Star Actor in a TV Series Age 13 Years & Over||André Dae Kim||Nominated|||
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Science Fiction Television Series||Salvation||Nominated|||
|Season||Episodes||DVD release dates||Blu-ray release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Discs||Region A/1||Region B/2||Region C/3||Discs|
|1||13||December 19, 2017||TBA||N/A||4||TBA||TBA||N/A||TBA|
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