Archive for April 13, 2009

Harper’s Island pilot

Posted in Television Review with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by xymarla

When I first read about Harper’s Island (airing Thursdays 10/9c on CBS) in my Fango mag last month, I was really excited. Hell, a 13-episode run of a horror TV show that’s supposed to be somewhere between Agatha Christie and a slasher flick? Sounds right up my ally, yeah? The pilot aired last Thursday, April 9, and I have to say I was disappointed. True, it’s a pilot, and pilots almost always offer the audience nothing more than a big, heaping serving of exposition salad, and this pilot (inexplicably titled “Whap”) was no different. Stilted dialogue and overwrought, unlikely character commentary were the norm. But, like I said, it’s a pilot. That happens. I was mostly disappointed by the healthy dose of horror movie clichés that lurked around every corner. Hopefully the writers got them all out of their system and the following episodes will boast a bit more originality. We’ll see.

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