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The Crossing is a science fiction series airing on ABC, starring Steve Zahn.

When dozens of people suddenly wash up on the shore of Thorn Beach in Washington, Sheriff Jude Ellis calls in the feds. After interviewing these strangers, the federal agents learn that they are time travelers from almost two centuries into the future, fleeing genocide at the hands of beings called the Apex.

Most of these refugees only seek shelter, but they are not the only new arrivals. Another group has already arrived and is carrying out a plan to alter the future to prevent the Apex from taking power. And then there is also an Apex hiding among the new arrivals.


This series contains examples of:

  • Absolute Xenophobe: In the future, the Apex have waged a genocidal campaign against normal humans.
  • The Alcoholic: Marshall's dad is a notorious alcoholic. This is why the police ignored him when he tried to tell them about the First Arrival.
  • Ambiguously Human: The Apex are supposedly the next step in human evolution, with greater physical and mental abilities than normal humans.
  • Asshole Victim: In the first episode, Ellis and his deputies have been struggling to find a serial mugger who's been plaguing their small town. Said mugger eventually runs into Reece and tries to mug her. She kicks his ass so badly that he's hospitalized.
  • The Conspiracy: The First Arrival are a bunch of time-travellers from the same future as the group who washed up on Thorn Beach. They arrived several years earlier and have embedded themselves in various influential positions, hoping to alter the future to prevent the Apex from ever existing.
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  • Defector from Decadence: Reece was a member of the ruling class in the future. She gave up most of her privilege when she adopted Leah.
  • Dehumanizing Insult: The Apex refer to normal humans as "Commons".
  • The Dulcinea Effect: In the fourth episode, local guy Marshall becomes smitten with Hannah and tries to hatch a plan to contact her.
  • Fantastic Racism: In the future, the humans and the Apex hate each other.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In order to protect her father, Hannah gave information to the Apex.
  • Ill Girl:
    • Leah has Mantle's disease, a genetically-engineered virus that was designed to kill "Commons". She requires blood transfusions from Reece in order to stay healthy.
    • Sophie has a heart condition that is very close to killing her. She helps capture Reece in hopes of using her blood to cure her condition.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Conspiracy refers to Reece as an "it".
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  • Les Collaborateurs: Hannah aided the Apex back before she fled into the present.
  • Meaningful Name: Nearly all of the refugees have Biblical names like Caleb, Rebeccah, and Hannah.
  • Mook Horror Show: In the first-season finale, Reece's rampage through Camp Tamanowas plays out like something out of a horror movie, with her striking multiple guards before they can even react, and Lindauer finding their equipment strewn about the campgrounds.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Reece's lack of willingness to come clean to Jude ends up making things worse for her, as she ends up having to escape a SWAT team in order to get back in contact with her adopted child.
  • Scary Black Woman: Jennifer Doyle, AKA Delilah, the First Arrival's resident wetworks expert.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Jude used to be a cop in Oakland. He relocated to Port Canaan after accusing his commanding officer of being corrupt after his old partner was killed.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Poor Paul is killed off after recording a video claiming that the time-travellers are actually members of a suicide cult.

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