There are tons of new shows this summer that I’ve been giving a chance and since most of them are short, 10-13 episodes at most, it hasn’t required a serious commitment to see what sci-fi and superhero shows everyone has been throwing out there. This one, called Stitchers, aired on ABC Family, not a channel I otherwise ever watch, and looked interesting enough to take a look at. But after 10 episodes, is it really holding up under scrutiny or is it dead on arrival? Let’s take a look and see.
Stitchers follows college student Kirsten Clark, a girl with a strange disorder, she doesn’t feel the passage of time. She is recruited into a top secret government program where she works “stitching”, mentally traveling into the brains of the recently dead so that she can solve their murders. She’s also got another mystery to solve, her parents, who disappeared when she was little and left her with a family friend, may have had more to do with the Stitcher program than anyone knows.
I’m going to be honest, I really don’t care for Emma Ishta playing the lead role. I don’t know if it’s the actress, I don’t know if it’s the character, but I just can’t stand her. She’s rude, obnoxious and generally awful all around. I don’t even understand why they needed this bizarre imaginary temporal illness thing, it never really comes into play, she doesn’t need it for stitching, so what’s the point, other than to make her seriously unlikeable? The rest of the cast is generally decent, my favorite characters are Allison Scagliotti, who plays Camille, and Ritesh Rajan, who plays Linus. Kyle Harris, who plays Cameron, is hit-or-miss at best and the whole top-secret-government-organization thing is pretty badly done IMO, it all came off as cloak-and-dagger done wrong. They tried to play Cameron off as a potential love interest for Kirsten, but she’s such a lump of awful, nothing good ever came of it.
The stories, well, they’re mostly freak-of-the-week offerings that honestly, didn’t impress me that much. Some were decent, most were forgettable and honestly. Kirsten’s search to uncover the truth about Ed and her parents really never got that interesting, I never had any investment in Kirsten or her story and therefore, I didn’t give a damn about the Stitcher’s program, Ed Clark or her parents. Worst of all, I thought, was the absurd coincidences they shoved into the season finale, where all of a sudden, everything revolves around Kirsten, Cameron knew her in the hospital when they were children, the whole Stitchers program was designed to bring Kirsten’s mother back from the dead, etc. It was all totally unnecessary and completely contrived.
In the end, I wanted to like it a lot more than I did and I’m certainly not alone. It ended up getting only a 29% positive on IMDB, which is pretty sad but I’m really not surprised. Still, it did manage to wrangle a second season so I guess I’ll probably end up giving it a second chance when it comes back again next summer. It could have been better. It should have been better. I guess I’m happy that it wasn’t worse. Maybe with different casting or different writers, it might have been better. As is though, it ended up being pretty much meh.