Pandora
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23
Production
Executive producers
  • Mark A. Altman
  • Steve Kriozere
  • Thomas P. Vitale
  • Karine Martin
  • Chris Philip
Production locationBulgaria
Production companies
  • Radioactive Fishtank
  • Vital Signs Entertainment
  • Starlings Television
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 16, 2019 (2019-07-16) –
December 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)

Pandora is an American science fiction television series that aired on The CW. The series premiered on July 16, 2019. It consisted of two seasons of 23 episodes, airing its final episode on December 13, 2020. A third season has been picked up for another network, set to air in 2022.

Premise

Pandora is a sci-fi action series about a young woman named Jax who survives an attack on the New Portland colony. She loses her parents in the attack and decides to investigate on her own after the official investigation ends without conclusion. Jax returns to Earth and enrolls at the Space Training Academy, where she makes new friends who assist her in her adventures and enemies who are after her secret.

Cast and characters

The following cast members are only credited as part of the main cast in the episodes in which they appear.

Ben Cross appears in the first season as the original Harlan Fried.[4]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113July 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
210October 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)December 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)

Season 1 (2019)

Each episode of the first season is named after a Bob Dylan song title except episode seven, which is named for Dylan's 30th studio album.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Shelter from the Storm"Steve HughesMark A. AltmanJuly 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)0.72[5]
After losing her parents in an attack, Jax Zhou, aka Pandora, leaves the New Portland colony and travels back to Earth. She joins Space Training Academy and meets Atria Nine who invites her to Black Hole, the campus bar where students drink and have fun. There, she gets introduced to Thomas James Ross and Greg Li and meets with Ralen, the Zatarian ambassador's son. At the evening party organized by her uncle, professor Donovan Osborne, Jax discovers the investigations of her parents’ death have not been closed and decides to find out the truth on her own. With Ralen's lead, they steal a space ship and travel to where she hopes to find some clues. She finds Xander Duvall, her uncle's teacher assistant, waiting for her; he wants to stop her from getting expelled. She defies him and walks down the cave until she reaches a mysterious portal. She enters the portal dragging Xander with her, but soon after that, they hear gunfire outside and quickly head back through the portal to find themselves under attack. Back to the academy, professor Osborne tells his assistant they must stop Pandora before she becomes responsible for the death of every human being in existence.
22"Chimes of Freedom"Steve HughesMark A. AltmanJuly 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)0.59[6]
Shortly after the destruction of the Tereshkova, an Earth vessel, Professor Osborn tasks Xander with spying on Ralen, who was aboard two days prior to the accident. Seeker Hubbel, the Adari religious leader, arrives to Earth to give a speech on campus, but Atria Nine, a former Adari, is outraged about his visit. Atria Three, an Adari clone, meets Nine and asks her to lead the revolution and liberate the clones. They agree to swap roles with Atria Nine leaving back home with Seeker. Jax decides to travel to Adar and rescue her friend.
33"Masters of War"Christian GossettSteve KriozereJuly 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)0.52[7]
44"I Shall Be Released"Brett SimmonsThomas P. Vitale & Brett SimmonsAugust 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)0.56[8]
55"Most Likely to Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)"Brett SimmonsStory by : Steve Kriozere
Teleplay by : Darin Scott
August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)0.59[9]
66"What Was It You Wanted"Jenn WexlerStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Lisa Klink
August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20)0.62[10]
77"Time Out of Mind"Mike HurstStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Mike Hurst
August 27, 2019 (2019-08-27)0.52[11]
88"Under the Red Sky"Tirsa HackshawMarco SchnabelSeptember 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)0.46[12]
99"It Ain't Me Babe"Christian GossettJohn C. Kelley & Steve KriozereSeptember 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)0.62[13]
1010"Hurricane"Brett SimmonsThomas P. Vitale & Brett SimmonsSeptember 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)0.54[14]
1111"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"Brea GrantTeleplay by : Gabrielle StantonSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)0.45[15]
1212"Knocking on Heaven's Door"Chris LeDouxTeleplay by : Steve KriozereOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)0.50[16]
1313"Simple Twist of Fate"Mark A. AltmanTeleplay by : Mark A. AltmanOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)0.38[16]

Season 2 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [17]U.S. viewers
(millions)
141"Things Have Changed"Brett SimmonsMark A. AltmanOctober 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)0.33[18]
152"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"Brett SimmonsStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Mark A. Altman & Steve Kriozere
October 11, 2020 (2020-10-11)0.38[19]
163"Gates of Eden"Chris LeDouxSteve KriozereOctober 18, 2020 (2020-10-18)0.37[20]
174"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"Brea GrantStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Susan Estelle Jansen
October 25, 2020 (2020-10-25)0.27[21]
185"On A Night Like This"Brea GrantStory by : Steve Kriozere
Teleplay by : Susan Estelle Jansen & Mark A. Altman
November 1, 2020 (2020-11-01)0.22[22]
196"Pay In Blood"Buddy GiovinazzoThomas P. VitaleNovember 8, 2020 (2020-11-08)0.26[23]
207"A Fool Such As I"Christian GossettDarin Scott & Steve KriozereNovember 22, 2020 (2020-11-22)0.25[24]
218"Tell me That It Isn't True"Maximilian SchmigeStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Lisa Klink & Peter Holmstrom
November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29)0.29[25]
229"All Along the Watchtower"Buddy GiovinazzoStory by : Mark A. Altman
Teleplay by : Brea Grant & Steve Kriozere
December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)0.35[26]
2310"I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know"Buddy GiovinazzoMark A. AltmanDecember 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)0.24[27]

Production

Pandora was created and written by Mark A. Altman,[28] who is also executive producer along with Steve Kriozere, Thomas P. Vitale, Karine Martin, and Chris Philip. Pandora was produced by Radioactive Fishtank, Vital Signs Entertainment and Starlings Television.[1][28] The filming for Pandora took place in Bulgaria.[29][30] Pandora premiered on July 16, 2019, as mid-summer entry during the 2018–19 U.S. network television season.[31] On October 16, 2019, it was announced that The CW Pandora had been renewed for a second season by The CW, which premiered on October 4, 2020.[32][33] In May 2021, it was revealed that Pandora was quietly cancelled after two seasons.[34]

As of October 22, 2021, Season 3 of Pandora will begin production early in 2022 for a different network [35]

Reception

Critical response

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter criticized the show for "some of the cheapest and flattest-looking visuals", adding, "There's no character I particularly liked, no relationship that seems particularly interesting and no mystery embedded in the pilot to which I'd like to get any answers."[30] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 14% approval rating with an average score of 4.67/10, based on seven reviews.[36]

Ratings

Season 1

Viewership and ratings per episode of Pandora
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Shelter from The Storm" July 16, 2019 (2019-07-16) 0.1/1 0.72[5] 0.1 0.25 0.2 0.97[37]
2 "Chimes of Freedom" July 23, 2019 (2019-07-23) 0.1/1 0.59[6] 0.0 0.15 0.1 0.74[38]
3 "Masters of War" July 30, 2019 (2019-07-30) 0.1/1 0.52[7] 0.1 0.19 0.2 0.71[39]
4 "I Shall Be Released" August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06) 0.1/1 0.56[8] 0.0 0.15 0.1 0.71[40]
5 "Most Likely To Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13) 0.1/1 0.59[9] 0.1 0.13 0.2 0.72[41]
6 "What Was It You Wanted" August 20, 2019 (2019-08-20) 0.2/1 0.62[10] 0.0 0.14 0.2 0.76[42]
7 "Time Out of Mind" August 27, 2019 (2019-08-27) 0.1/1 0.52[11] 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.67[43]
8 "Under the Red Sky" September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03) 0.1/1 0.46[12] 0.1 0.17 0.2 0.63[44]
9 "It Ain't Me Babe" September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10) 0.1/1 0.62[13] 0.1 0.14 0.2 0.76[45]
10 "Hurricane" September 17, 2019 (2019-09-17) 0.1/1 0.54[14] 0.1 0.17 0.2 0.71[46]
11 "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24) 0.1/1 0.45[15] 0.1 0.21 0.2 0.66[47]
12 "Knocking on Heaven's Door" October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01) 0.1/1 0.50[16] 0.1 0.17 0.2 0.67[48]
13 "Simple Twist of Fate" October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01) 0.1/0 0.38[16] 0.0 0.16 0.1 0.54[48]

Season 2

Viewership and ratings per episode of Pandora
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Things Have Changed" October 4, 2020 (2020-10-04) 0.1 0.33[18] 0.0 0.12 0.1 0.45[49]
2 "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" October 11, 2020 (2020-10-11) 0.1 0.38[19]
3 "Gates of Eden" October 18, 2020 (2020-10-18) 0.1 0.37[20]
4 "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" October 25, 2020 (2020-10-25) 0.0 0.27[21]
5 "On A Night Like This" November 1, 2020 (2020-11-01) 0.0 0.22[22] 0.0 0.10 0.0 0.32[50]
6 "Pay in Blood" November 8, 2020 (2020-11-08) 0.0 0.26[23] 0.1 0.14 0.1 0.40[51]
7 "A Fool Such As I" November 22, 2020 (2020-11-22) 0.0 0.26[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Tell me That It Isn't True" November 29, 2020 (2020-11-29) 0.1 0.29[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "All Along the Watchtower" December 6, 2020 (2020-12-06) 0.1 0.35[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" December 13, 2020 (2020-12-13) 0.0 0.24[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Notes

  1. ^ Kim is credited in the main cast for episodes 1 to 3 of the first season. He is credited as a guest in "A Simple Twist of Fate".
  2. ^ Bennett is credited in the main cast in "Knocking on Heaven's Door" only.

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