The Greek sailors are about ready to give up their search for survivors when they encounter a baby floating on what looks like some debris from a ship. The baby smiles winsomely as we cut to the opening song. It's a real "sweeping orchestral music" moment. Come to the think of it, practically every moment in this show thus far has been of the "sweeping orchestral music" variety.
Our first biblical quote of the evening comes to us in the form of an onscreen graphic that says, "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the judgment come." (Joel 2:31) Wait. There's a book of the Bible written by someone named Joel? I have a minor in Religious Studies, and I didn't know that. But that's most likely because I've always been distracted by other, funnier, names like Obadiah and Habbakuk. Hee! Habbakuk. Someone at the Canadian network I taped this from made the rather unfortunate decision to include another graphic onscreen. It's advertising the show Extreme Makeover Home Edition and looks like it's supposed to have something to do with the Bible quote. This doesn't exactly enhance the dramatic tension.
It is morning, and a father is hassling his daughter Olivia because her pants are cut too low. I think she's also sporting a temporary tattoo, although the lighting in the scene is so dim that I'm just guessing from the context. Dad orders his daughter to wash off the tattoo, and if that makes her too late to catch the bus, so be it. She will have to walk to school. He also threatens to make her attend church. Man, if their church is anything like the one I used to go to, I feel pretty bad for her. Come to think of it, though, the odds of her attending services held by some pompous 174-year-old Estonian guy who's in love with the sound of his own voice really aren't that great. So, actually, I guess it's me we should be feeling sorry for.
The opening credits are done very well, with Olivia running through a golf course while a thunderstorm comes ever closer. It's aesthetically quite beautiful and works dramatically also -- at least until Olivia stops to stand under a tall tree. I want to tell her to, you know, not stand under a big tree during a lightning storm, but I am too busy watching the hands of her watch spin around and around. Seriously, does this actually happen in real life when you're about to get hit by lightning? Because if the writers are making it up, they're falling a little short in the drama department. In fact, we were laughing pretty hard at this part.