So far only two episodes of Stichers have aired, but I’ve decided that there are some thoughts worth putting to paper.
The show, for those unaware Stichers is a show about a secret government organization that has developed the technology to “stitch” into the memories of a dead person. Then they can investigate what happened to them before they died.
It’s a very inception-like concept and so there’s a tiny bit of sci-fi infused in what is more or less a normal crime show. They follow clues, arrest bad guys, and occasionally there are little pieces that relate to the overarching story.
There are a couple of things that might draw people to show. First off, if you were a fan of either Eureka or Warehouse 13 (or both, like I was), you’ll be pleased to see Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Allison Scagliotti as regular cast members. Neither is playing a character similar to their roles on Eureka and Warehouse 13 respectively, but it’s fun to see them both on a somewhat sci-fi like show together.
Like most of the crime shows on TV nowadays, there’s that special someone with abilities no one else possesses. Enter Kristen Clark – played by fashion model Emma Ishta – who has a fictitious condition called temporal dysplasia. Apparently it’s a thing where you cannot feel the passage of time, and because of that she fails to form any kind of connections with human beings. Emotions come and go fairly instantly. Therefore, she’s something of an antisocial, probably on the verge of being a sociopath.
Kristen comes off as fairly unlikeable in most of the pilot. Like most of the other “consulting detectives” in the genre, her attractiveness is meant to offset the fact that most people would have smacked her for half the things she says (as examples, look at Sherlock, The Mentalist, Castle, and half the other shows that will be airing in the fall).
The other characters aren’t amazing either. Kyle Harris’ Cameron comes off as something of a Shawn Spencer-lite. Trying to deadpan and one liner his way through the script. It’s a little irritating and I hope that it’ll soften as time goes on. I also desperately hope that the writers don’t go the cliche route and put Cameron and Kristen together. But it is an ABC Family show, so that seems like the most likely option.
At the same time, the show is also going against convention. Damon Dayoub plays Detective Fisher, a cop who thinks something is up with Kristen and is determined to find out. Instead of spending seasons avoiding him and sending him off the scent, he just joins the program at the end of the second episode. That’s a turn of events I can certainly appreciate. I hope that the show continues to circumvent expectations in that way.
The other characters are still window dressing at the moment. Many of them have similar one-liners to Cameron, so there’s very little distinguishing them at the moment. Granted, we’ve only gone through two episodes so far. There’s still plenty of room to grow. The concept is fairly interesting and the actresses they have on the show are worth paying attention to. So if the quality continues to improve throughout the first season, Stitchers will be a fun show along the lines of Eureka or Warehouse 13.