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The Lottery - S01E03

Science Fiction . Sci-Fi

Vanessa, Darius, and President Westwood deal with the hostage crisis. Alison and James make a strange discovery after testing Kyle that may lead to more questions than answers. The world reacts to news of the lottery as the U.S. government prepares to open the testing centers.

Episode Title: Greater Good
Airs: 2014-08-3 at 10:00 pm
  • Mark A. Perigard

    If The Lottery can keep up the promise of its premiere, it will punch a winning ticket.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Creator Timothy Sexton has woven this story with a master’s touch, making us care about the characters even as we fear for their lives. Or, for that matter, all our lives.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The pilot is a little uneven. There’s a villain (played by Martin Donovan) within the government, but his agenda is extremely unclear, and the story of the recovering alcoholic dad seems to have little connection to the lottery. Still, the premise is intriguing--a “what if” kind of science fiction story that makes you think.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The Lottery, with otherwise sage setup and promising performances, merits its own shot at something great.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The action is active, the suspense tense, the actors game. It seems a little silly at times, but meet it halfway and the hour passes painlessly.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The premise sets it apart, the premiere promises a lot of plot wrinkles and a fast pace, and the acting (with a few exceptions) is decent.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Its pilot was a solid start, although, despite the intriguing premise, the episode also raised a greater number of questions--more about logic than the show's mythology--than it answered.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The premise is actually more promising than the one in HBO's The Leftovers, in which a portion of Earth's population just vanishes. But The Lottery is not as well-cast or -produced as that other 10-episode series.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, there’s more ambition in the concept than ingenuity in the execution.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    It's a brazenly cloned Children of Men, raised dull. [18 Jul 2014, p.61]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    When The Lottery conjectures about the scary cultural tilt that a lack of fertility could cause around the world, it’s at its best.... Unfortunately, the makers of “The Lottery,” led by writer-producer Timothy J. Sexton, who was one of the five screenwriters on the similarly themed 2006 movie “Children of Men,” are more concerned with a far more formulaic suspense story line.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    Overall, the pilot stalls with the usual introductions, setup, and by-the-numbers twists. There’s a dogged sense of purpose behind it that could, if thoughtfully explored, become a low-budget thriller for a network that’s taking some steps into a brave new world, but there’s an awful lot hanging on that “thoughtfully.”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Whatever potential The Lottery has to look at the connection between fertility and power, or the timely issues of women’s reproductive autonomy--or a simple dramatic fight over the future of the species--is wasted with flat characters and flimsy political intrigue that plays like a duller version of Scandal.

    Time Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    It’s a pretty lame ending to a fairly odious premise.

    New York Post Full Review