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Review: 'Believe' pits good vs. evil over a mystical child
Review: 'Believe' pits good vs. evil over a mystical child

"Believe," which premieres Monday on NBC (moving to Sundays thereafter), is a paranormal adventure story — a romance, whose tendencies toward new-age messianic pomposity are kept in check by the B-movie flamboyance of its characters. Just what part of this is intentional, I can't say. But if the show were less pulpy — if it offered its grab bag of old tropes as jewels rather than as cupcakes — it would also be less good. Big names are attached. Alfonso Cuarón, now combing his hair by the light of his "Gravity" Oscar, co-created the series and directed its pilot; J.J. Abrams, who one day will run every science-fiction franchise, is an executive producer. BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara...

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