Average User Score: 8.1Jun 10, 2015I read the reviews and one thing they mention is that this show is dark. It surprised me just how dark it got. It's not just the constantI read the reviews and one thing they mention is that this show is dark. It surprised me just how dark it got. It's not just the constant manipulation, blackmail and cutthroat office politics. These are bottom of the barrel soulless jackasses and it's really bleak. I've watched two episodes so far and I am really liking it. Hopefully it doesn't mean I am getting very bitter about life.
Most of Shiri Appleby's shows are twee and on the wholesome side. This is really different from her other shows that I've watched. I think she was born for this role, ironically. Just the right mix of flaky, nervy, and desperate mess.
Freddie Stroma's character doesn't really do much, which is a shame.
There's a lot of forward momentum and the plotlines are tight. There aren't really a lot of plotlines and hopefully it stays that way.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.5Jan 31, 2015The first two episodes were very promising, with the uncommon time element they introduced. But it's the same directionless drivel it was aThe first two episodes were very promising, with the uncommon time element they introduced. But it's the same directionless drivel it was a season ago. Syfy attracts only low caliber writers.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Jan 22, 2015Big sigh. I was really hoping to like this, but I think I'll pass. The title says Backstrom but I think this will succeed based on theBig sigh. I was really hoping to like this, but I think I'll pass. The title says Backstrom but I think this will succeed based on the strength of the ensemble. Look at Brooklyn Nine-nine, the jokes are honestly not that funny, but because they are working with quirky established characters that gel together, it is very entertaining.
The writing is very weak in the pilot. Everything feels forced. Niedermayer I think was supposed to be British or something similar to what Brendan Penny plays on Motive. Instead we get Kristoffer Polaha who does not pull off the character. He is leading man material, albeit on a low budget series, like North Shore. He is too handsome to play hippy hipster.
Dennis Haysbert, who plays the character who is a pastor on the weekends, does not really pull that off either. They need someone who talks slower like Frankie Faison, who works on Banshee at the moment.
Thomas Dekker is playing a 90's goth gay character, or maybe catwoman from Gotham. I love Thomas Dekker, but he just can't get a good show after Sarah Connor Chronicles ended. I hope this gets canceled soon, so he can get a better role.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Aug 17, 2014I'm on the second episode and I don't know if the actors are adlib-ing but they are funny. Especially the Vizier.
After watching WhodunitI'm on the second episode and I don't know if the actors are adlib-ing but they are funny. Especially the Vizier.
After watching Whodunit last year, I guess this kind of show is easier to get into.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 11, 2014I don't see the point of this show. It does not have redeeming qualities; it does not have a unique hook (who is gossip girl, who is A); itI don't see the point of this show. It does not have redeeming qualities; it does not have a unique hook (who is gossip girl, who is A); it does not have an endearing lead; it does not have logic. Television apparently does not have enough shows about young white privileged females trying to get away with bad behavior.
Why didn't the police detain her for tresspassing? Why wouldn't the police arrest the drug-addled kids for their "prank?" Why are the kids around her ok with the crazy woman who abducted her? Would a normal teeenager who just recently found out she was kidnapped as a child keep shrugging it off every time sensible people tell her about her biological mother's good qualities? That dad turned into a caricature really quickly on the end of the second episode, what is this Revenge?… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jun 30, 2014The pilot was a mixed bag. I am not going to return for more episodes as there seems to be no legal or police consultants in this show at all.The pilot was a mixed bag. I am not going to return for more episodes as there seems to be no legal or police consultants in this show at all. I am tempted to see the next episode just to see Terry, the corrupt cop, get slapped in the face again; but I shouldn't. It looks to be an unfunny fish-out-of-water kind of show mashed up with courtroom drama.
I now realized that the tone of the show is quite inconsistent throughout. There are three shows going on here: the "raw" realness of the corrupt police a la Southland, the light and fluffy romantic drama between the two leads, and then there's the boring courtroom letdown.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 30, 2014I quite like this show; if we're being honest, however the quality of the writing in on par with Two and A Half Men and Anger Management:I quite like this show; if we're being honest, however the quality of the writing in on par with Two and A Half Men and Anger Management: quite bland, cliche, unoriginal, not quite funny. However, what redeems this show is the sheer likeability of the lead and the chemistry of the cast. It also helps that I've always like David Fynn in comedies. I give it a passing grade.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Jun 24, 2014Now, I remember how amazing this is. It's completely mesmerizing. And I also remember that time spent with this series is too short no matterNow, I remember how amazing this is. It's completely mesmerizing. And I also remember that time spent with this series is too short no matter how many episodes. After an hour is over, it leaves you with an ache, the kind you get after having the best conversation with a friend on Skype and suddenly losing internet connection, having to wait an entire week to talk again.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jun 19, 2014This is just poorly written to begin with. Terrible dialog, poorly developed new language, inconsistent world building. It seems SyFy isThis is just poorly written to begin with. Terrible dialog, poorly developed new language, inconsistent world building. It seems SyFy is doubling down on the Defiance formula, which is a shame. Two terrible tentpole series.
It is far too camp but takes itself too seriously, a combination that doesn't work. From Dusk Till Dawn was camp and cheeky, and ran with it. This mess however, is just the wrong combination of ridiculous and mediocre, suffering from an identity crisis. If this were Kings (where Christopher Egan was also the lead, and which also had biblical inspiration) the soap opera elements would work, but they were just not able to pull it off here.
The acting: I'm not really sure whether it's bad acting or just lazy directing. They seem lost and painted in broad strokes (so to speak) and seem like bit parts in a high school production aka Eragon (zing! Christopher Egan also appears in that one). There seems to be a "let's wing it" attitude towards the characters in this show.
The actor playing Michael must have realized that this is a ridiculous show, and is just dying inside every time he has a scene. Otherwise, he would follow Tom Mison's (Sleepy Hollow) and Stephen Amell's (Arrow) lead and fully embrace the character, warts and all.
What is with the ending; torches burning on the walls of a stone temple. What is this the 1980's, when people still found Indiana Jones cool?
Utterly disappointed.… Expand