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Isaac Bruno (Suits’ Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant astronomer who obsessively scours the cosmos for signs of life on far flung planets while growing increasingly detached from the real world around him. When his free-spirited new research assistant, Clara (Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario), provides unexpected inspiration (and an uncanny knack for detecting critical patterns amidst reams of data), they’re sent hurtling on a collision course with a reality altering discovery. But it could all result in professional and personal ruin if Isaac doesn’t abandon his staunch devotion to rationality.
Inspired by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (which launched this past April), Clara is a master class in restrained and rigorously intelligent sci-fi tinged drama. Dexterously balancing the scientific and spiritual, it builds to a jaw-dropping climax and announces the arrival of a major new talent in the form of director Akash Sherman. Bringing a sophisticated, cerebral touch to the material, yet ensuring that every moment remains emotionally grounded, he’s crafted an evocative exploration of the multifaceted notions of discovery and contact. And he does it all while demonstrating a level of ambition that would be the envy of his driven protagonist.