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Harper's Island (2009) - TV Series Review (Mini-Series)


Harper's Island is a show about an island where a couple decides to get married, but soon after arrival, people start dying one by one.

Sooooo, I didn't like it. The show was just filled with so many stupid moments that I couldn't take it anymore. There are a lot of characters but most of them were cliched meh. Acting wasn't that good either from a lot of the cast, so that didn't help. The first couple of episodes really weren't doing anything for me, but since there were only 13 episodes in total, I decided to stick with it and end it (would have dropped it otherwise).

But I'll give the show credit where credit is due. It increased my interest in the story after several episodes. There was this stretch of 4 or 5 episodes where it actually got good, and I was on-board. The pacing felt fine, the thrills were coming, the situations were entertaining. The characters I did like got better, and the ones that were meh, got less meh. Also, being on an Island, you do get some beautiful location shots and atmosphere in some scenes. And it was just good seeing Bobby (Jim Beaver), being Bobby.

That didn't last though as it went back to its lame self again, in the last 3-4 episodes. Some really stupid stuff happens, and I was completely put off. Characters had aim that made Storm Troopers look like Deadshot. There was even a point where I actually said "Fuck This Show." out loud. 

All in all, not worth your time unless you really REALLY love murder mysteries, in which case won't hurt if you try it, it's short anyway. I watched it because a lot of people suggested it if you like murder mystery type shows, particularly focused in a single place, in this case, an Island. And if the show was in more capable hands, the story and the feeling they were hoping to create, would have been properly delivered, cause underneath all the shit, it had a solid foundation.  

7/10 (For that short stretch of good stuff)
5/10 (For the rest)
6/10 (Overall)

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