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Harper's Island

It's really too bad CBS exiled this show to Saturday nights, because it's starting to be really good.



I really love how complicated all the murder plots are, because it's really hard at this point to see which was are connected and which ones aren't, and of course so far they only know about 4 of the nine (I think it's nine? well, 10 now, I guess) murders.

But thank goodness they've discovered some of them, because now all that time they took setting up the characters and conflicts is starting to pay off. I think my favorite scene in the episode was Trish spilling the beans about Richard's affair with Katherine, although Abby's confrontation with her dad about Wakefield possibly still being alive was a close second.

Other scenes I really liked:

--All of Cal and Chloe's scenes, especially the plot they contrived to get the engagement ring back. They continue to provide much needed comic relief in the middle of all the emotional meltdowns going on in the rest of the episode. (Though it would be quite interesting if one of them turned out to be the killer. Cal, for example, might have deliberately found a way not to be at the rehearsal by picking a sailboat rather than a motorboat).

--Abby following J.D. into the woods. I was halfway convinced he was going to try to kill her; it had a great horror movie vibe, and while part of me was really hoping she'd grow a brain and run, I was really curious to see what he was going to show her, so I'm glad she went. For a while I was thinking J.D. was way too obvious to be the actual killer (just like Richard was too obvious), but given that final scene with scary-face guy, I'm not so sure anymore.

--everyone's reactions to Mr. Wellington's death. I just thought that was a very well-played depiction of horror and grief, and I honestly had expected them to cut away from that, not show the whole scene.

--All of Madison's scenes. That actress is really good; she continues to win the "creepiest little girl" award, and considering she's competing in my head with all the SPN versions of Lilith, that's saying a lot.
(Though I am ridiculously happy she didn't see her own dad get killed; seeing her grandfather die in such a brutal way was bad enough).

--The gravedigging scene, because I couldn't help but think of SPN, especially after the Sheriff showed up.
I'm a little worried about the Sheriff's reconciliation with Abby, though, because we saw in the last episode that father-daughter reconciliations usually lead to the father's rapid death, and I'm hoping Jim Beaver is around for a few more episodes. (I'm assuming Abby is going to last until the very last episode, though she might die in that one, assuming she's not the killer).

I have no real theories about the murderer yet, but that's fine with me; for now I'm happy just to enjoy the ride.

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rsadelle
May. 24th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Huh. I kept saying during Jim Beaver's take-charge and then confrontation with Abby scenes, "Nora is going to flip about this," and you're very restrained.

I love Chloe and Cal. I was also annoyed with Abby being stupid about J.D. The moment she realizes her window is open, she should call her dad! (Er, because he's the sheriff, not because he's her dad.) Also, she didn't do a very good job of staying with the group the way he told them to.

I was expecting J.D. to die in this episode since he was so obviously the suspect.

Also, the gravedigging: just because there are bones doesn't mean they're Wakefield's!
norwich36
May. 26th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I agree that Abby keeps just asking to be murdered. If she weren't the POV character, she would *so* be long gone by now.

I expect J.D. will probably die in the next episode. And I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that Wakefield is the guy with the injured face.
rsadelle
May. 27th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I don't know - injured face guy seems a little obvious to be Wakefield.
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