Painkiller Jane : Season 1

  • Network: Syfy
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2007
Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    The show's mired in stiff dialogue, clunky voiceover narration, uneven performances and indifferently staged action sequences.
  2. 30
    [A] colorless angstfest.
  3. 0
    What’s most mind-boggling about this show is how it manages to get every single thing wrong.
  4. No, they're not ripping off "Heroes" - "Jane" was there first - but looking at the two shows side by side demonstrates how much execution matters to even the most promising concept.
  5. The imaginations behind "Painkiller Jane" are so thin, and each hour's progression so randomly executed, that one imagines the scripts were written using the Mad Libs method.
  6. The series doesn't come close to capturing the edgy tone and visual style of the print original.
  7. "Painkiller Jane" has been reincarnated as a far lamer show than it was on first view more than a year ago.
  8. 10
    Not helping matters... are the wretched dialogue, indiscriminately moody lighting, stock characters (gruff boss, dweeby tech guy, ripped chauvinist colleague), and crushing lack of suspense.
  9. The stories are flat, and the repartee between Jane and her teammates isn’t zippy enough to amuse even the comic-book crowd.
  10. The show is long on concept and short on execution which would actually be OK if the writing and acting were not so simply terrible.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Aug 13, 2015
    4
    Sexy girl changes hair colour, makes all the wrong decisions, and is somehow rewarded for it despite the entire scenario being her fault.Sexy girl changes hair colour, makes all the wrong decisions, and is somehow rewarded for it despite the entire scenario being her fault. Awesome.

    The funniest thing about this is that they ended it on a cliffhanger because they actually thought they could make a second season.
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  2. May 30, 2012
    5
    PKJ has a good premise and could have been a good show. Generally a show that has super people should be about the super people, like Heroes,PKJ has a good premise and could have been a good show. Generally a show that has super people should be about the super people, like Heroes, or show both the Feds and the super people like The 4400. Showing just the Feds side of things can be good like in Alphas but in PKJ it just doesn't work because the writing is so bad. Its not terrible but the plots are just too bland. Full Review »
  3. RustyC.
    Dec 21, 2009
    1
    wow. im completely amazed on how many painkillers i had to take to watch the pilot. camera 0/10 script 0/10 acting 0/10 charakters 0/10 wow. im completely amazed on how many painkillers i had to take to watch the pilot. camera 0/10 script 0/10 acting 0/10 charakters 0/10 dialoge 0/10 postproduction 1/10 i could go on and on... If you are over 12 years old, you will need a full pack of painkillers to overlook all the things that went wrong in this show - and even then - whats left? Opinions are diffrent, but if your first impression comes close to how i see this show, its going to get even worse... sad but true - and i expected a great show...i think the power-rangers had better plots - remember those? Full Review »