Steven Matrix is one of the underworld's foremost hitmen until his luck runs out, and someone puts a contract out on him. Shot in the forehead by a .22 pistol, Matrix "dies" and finds ... See full summary »
Steven Matrix is one of the underworld's foremost hitmen until his luck runs out, and someone puts a contract out on him. Shot in the forehead by a .22 pistol, Matrix "dies" and finds himself in "The City In Between", where he is shown the faces of all the men and women he's murdered and a sea of fire. He's informed that he will being given a second chance. He must earn a reprieve from Hell by helping others. He then wakes up in the hospital, after an apparent "near death" experience. In each episode, Matrix meets a new "guide" from the world beyond, and is given a new assignment, much in the manner of an unwilling guardian angel. Usually his guides give him little or no useful information about the job to come, and his methods of handling the cases are sometimes as brutal as the rules of his old profession, but he gets the job done. Written by
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The Matrix can currently be seen on the Mystery Channel in Canada. I started watching it because I like Carrie-Ann Moss (Matrix movies). She was a definite asset to the show because she added life and humor to a series which was sometimes too 'dry'.
I think the ratings probably suffered because she (the female element) was greatly underutilized, especially at the beginning. In some episodes she did little more than answer the phone, and it seemed as if she had only been added to the series for her looks. She was very good in the episodes where she got to do real acting.
I also enjoyed Nick Mancuso's portrayal of Stephen Matrix. He can sometimes be cranky and harsh, but he definitely grows on you. The writing is imperfect, but the show is fun to watch.
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