Monday, July 9, 2007

SciFi: Painkiller Jane Premiere Episode (2007)

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  1. It's been a while since I've watched this, so I won't have much to say except the basics. This is a show based on a comic, and it revolves around two themes (super spoiler alert!) - one is an secret agency designed to stop rogue humans with superhuman abilities, and the other is about the agency's newest recruit, who is impervious to death (think the cheerleader from Heroes).

    The acting and production is a little above par for basic cable, with everything competent and at times even glossy. In other words, it doesn't suffer in the production aspects, although it probably won't stand out when all is said and done. The story is really nothing earth shattering, with paths I've seen before, some more obvious than others (the only black guy dying is kind of funny, in retrospect).

    Personally, I'm not a big fan of the uber man storyline a la Superman, and if Jane is invulnerable, then that takes away some of the interest for me. I like people to have weaknesses (besides emotional ones, which all girls have right fellas L-O-etc). It seems like Jane can't be defeated, which can get boring. I'm also not sure if the writers can take it somewhere worth paying attention to, but it's hard to tell with only one episode. The main goal was to introduce the characters and the premise, and with that they did a reasonable job.

    Overall, it is a show I'm somewhat hesitant with, but am willing to continue on and give it the minimum three episode trial period. Fans of sci fi (the genre or the network) and the like should find it worth at least testing. There's the possibility of potential, which isn't meant as a backhanded compliment.

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