Joanna "Jo" Evans ( Allison Tolman ) is a sheriff in small-town USA. One night there is a mysterious plane crash, and a small girl is found nearby. Jo takes the girl home, names her Piper ( Alexa Skye Swinton ) and unofficially adopts her.
Jo introduces Piper to her father Ed Sawyer (Clancy Brown - Highlander ) and ex-husband Alex Evans (Donald Faison - Skyline ). All cosy little domestic drama. Then some people turn up, claiming to be the girl's parents.
An investigative journalist, Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman - Belko Experiment (2016) ), has a conspiracy theory that the plane came from a secret biological research station on Plum Island. Piper turns out to have super-powers, a cross between telekinesis and control of the electro-magnetic spectrum. Yes, this seems to be ripping off Stranger Things .
The sheriff goes to work, and leaves the new girl with Grandpa Kurgan (Clancy Brown - Highlander ). The black deputy, who looks about twelve years old, is put in charge of installing CCTV cameras at the house.
The villains send a cleaner to destroy all the evidence. There is a lot of it about, and he is just one man rather than a team, but he keeps a low profile and does agood job.
This is broadcast on FOX channel, and seems typical of their kind of output. The protagonist is a small-government county mountie, while the villains are Deep State types posing as Federal employees.
The lady Sheriff leaves the creepy girl alone with the ex-husband Alex Evans (Donald Faison - Skyline ). It turns out that the girl can somehow decode the mysterious radio transmissions. Unfortunately she also has a mysterious illness.
The Sheriff blackmails the cleaner from the previous episode. Naturally she knows that his former employer will murder him, whether he cooperates or not, but she does not care. He tells her that his boss was a tech billionaire (Terry Quinn - Lost ). She goes to confront the boss, whose HQ is within short driving distance of her small town.
A Deep Throat sends a mysterious text message, 2 MG CU BID, which is a treatment for the girl's illness. When this fails, the Sheriff gets investigative journalist Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman - Belko Experiment (2016) ) to track down and expose the informant. Yes, after getting her first cooperative witness killed she is more than happy to endanger another one. The trail leads to a secret lab that is entirely automated, and guarded by robot dogs like the alien invaders in War Of The Worlds (2020) .
Emily, the tech woman, has gone full defector. The investigative journalist, Benny Gallagher (Owain Yeoman - Belko Experiment (2016) ), steals the hard drive that she has been using as an insurance policy. Then he takes it to a completely different tech woman to decrypt it.
The second tech woman is a middle-aged overweight housewife. She is the techie version of the Sheriff. Although it is established that women can be computer experts, we can only wonder when she managed to squeeze in the necessary ten thousand hours of practice to become world-class.
The McGuffin used to be the creepy little girl. Now it has become whatever info that makes the villains vulnerable.
Joanna "Jo" Evans ( Allison Tolman ) arrests the tech billionaire (Terry Quinn - Lost ). Unfortunately she has nothing to charge him with. Not only is he going to get away with it, he will increase his retaliation.
The Grandfather, Ed Sawyer (Clancy Brown - Highlander ), is diagnosed with a serious illness. He chooses to keep it secret from his family, since they have enough to worry about. The bad news is that he is left in charge of protecting the children. The good news is that one of the kids has superpowers.