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 »
Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.
None of the main cast (other than Harry Hamlin who had signed on for only one episode) knew if their character was going to survive to the end of any episode until the day before they got the script. Rather than letting them read about it in the script the job of telling an actor that his or her character was going to be killed in the next episode fell to the Executive Producer Karim Zreik, a job that earned him the nick name "The Assassin". See more »
Harper's Island starts in a very promising way. It's the classic story where the killer will kill everyone "one by one". The first episodes are catchy. The island is haunting and so are many of the main characters. You soon feel that the series is working on clichés. If you're a clever writer, there's nothing bad in clichés per se. Unfortunately Harper's Island writing isn't clever. In every new episode the problems grow. The last 4 episodes are a complete writers fiasco. If you want to turn your brain off, the show is entertaining. It's pure slasher popcorn. If you like good character's arcs and a solid plot, you can loose H.I. without regret. Plot holes are countless; the lack of character's motivations it's often annoying. More so in the finale. The acting is erratic. I guess this is due mostly to the inconsistencies of the plot and to the fact that often the writes use red herrings to confuse the viewer. Forcing the characters to swing from an extreme to the opposite, without motivation. A characters acts for an episode or two "as the bad guy" or... "the real good guy". The setting is very nice. The art direction and the camera work are solid. Unfortunately suspense for the sake of suspense can't, in my opinion, stretch for 13 hours.
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