In the aftermath of a hurricane, a Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences, including luminescent creatures in the water and people that somehow seem to have ... See full summary »
Katie Cassidy, Gina Holden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jim Beaver, Amber Borycki, Chris Gauthier, Ben Cotton, Sean Rogerson, Dean Wray, Jay Brazeau, Aaron Pearl,Alex Ferris, Maxine Miller, Anna Mae Routledge, Sarah-Jane Redmond, and Sarah Smyth have all appeared in episodes of Supernatural (2005), though not at the same time with the exception of Gina Holden and Callum Keith Rennie who were both in "Wendigo." Also Jim Beaver and Katie Cassidy were in a few episodes together. See more »
When I saw the previews I was hooked, despite my reservations that it was being shown as a series. Usually there are tonnes of side plots and involvements that are so stupid that it takes away from the main plot. But one of the plus points for Harper's Island is that it stays true to the premise. The intrigue builds from the first episode with the first grisly death and then you start to try and figure out who the killer is. Is it John Wakefield, the original killer, or is there a new player? A copycat and pretender to the throne.
But then all the tension and terror that had been building with each episode unravels in episode twelve and completely undone by the thirteenth. In fact the last episode is a lesson in utter stupidity, something that would not be out of place in a soap opera or some teen series. Even the reason for all the killing are quite absurd, as if the script writers were so thrilled with coming up with the idea of the deaths that they must have looked at each other when it came time to justify the deaths and drawn a complete blank. Watching Harper's Island is very much like getting a huge shiny Christmas present and when you finally get past the wrappings and layers to the gift it's noting more than a gift card for stationary. I haven't felt this let down for a long time.
But this is my personal rant. I'd still recommend this for the first half of the series which was excellent in building tension. The setting's very creepy and it lends credence to the terror that the characters feel. Watch it at night for the full effect!
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