Tonight at 10pm (9 if you live in one of those weird time zones) CBS is premiering its newest drama. I'm not afraid to say that I've been excited for the show ever since I first heard of it oh-so-many months ago. The show, Harper's Island, is one you can't have escaped seeing previews for if you have watched CBS even a little in the past month (maybe more).
The show is a 13-episode mystery featuring a series of vile, disgusting, despicable murders. Sure, it's possible that the story may end after 13 episodes, but you and I both know that if the series is a massive success they'll work out a way to bring it back for another season. I don't know if I'm rooting for a second season yet, but I'm definitely hoping the first one is a success. Here's a little snippet CBS sent explaining the show:
27 miles off the coast of Seattle seven years ago, six people were murdered by John Wakefield. They were the first murders in the history of the island… they will not be the last…
See? Doesn't that sound intriguing? Doesn't that sound like it could be great fun?
As for the first episode itself? Well, I may be rooting for the show, but if I were betting (and I don't bet with my heart), I'd be betting against it.
In looking for something to compare the show to, the most obvious choice is Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. After watching the pilot however, I'd like to suggest that it veers slightly more into Murder in Small Town X territory. The thrills present in the first episode are certainly more of the cheap variety.
The storyline revolves around a couple returning to this cute little island to get married. The girl, Trish Wellington (Katie Cassidy), is the daughter of a rich family who summered there, while the guy, Henry Dunn (Christopher Gorham), worked on the island during the summers. Rich daddy is unamused with his daughter's choice, but that hasn't stopped her from going after what she wants.