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Stitchers season 3 05 March 2020

2017 science fiction, 10 episodes. Kirsten Clark continues to have her consciousness inserted into the minds of the recently-dead.

And, well, it's more of the same. Mostly case-of-the-week, with lots of sinister looks and asides and occasional hints at the Big Revelation; but really all of that comes in the final episode, and while it makes some changes to the setup there's still a great deal left up for grabs. After all, the cancellation of the show wasn't announced until the ratings were in for this season, so there was no opportunity to wrap things up in a definitive way.

Some things do get resolved, most obviously the elephant in the room of "with all the murders that happen every day, who chooses the ones where you people get to recover the victims' memories". It's always risky to take something that was basically a series premise marked "do not open" and promote it to something diegetic that one can effectively speculate about (it can go horribly wrong, as in the departure of Sarah Jane Smith at the end of The Hand of Fear); here it works, and it's a shame it was kept until the last episode.

Episode 4 may feature some of the very worst "British" accents I've ever heard, and I've seen quite a bit of American television.

As before, the best acting is from Allison Scagliotti and Salli Richardson-Whitfield, though Damon Dayoub as the police liaison has significantly upped his acting game and does a solid job with what little he's given.

Yes, the show's miracles remain basically arbitrary. This is TV SF after all, and there wouldn't be enough here to run a game set in the world; there are just too many unanswered questions. But as drama it's enjoyable if never exceptional.

  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 07:09pm on 05 March 2020

    How do you find the time to watch all this... stuff and read all the books you do and do all the other stuff?

    You make me feel guilty, you really do.

    On the other hand you make me feel glad I don't bother to watch some stuff.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 09:31am on 06 March 2020

    Note how rarely I actually post about a TV series.

    I do not regret the time spent watching this, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else unless they find these particular ideas or actors intriguing. I'm a fan of Scagliotti (not enough to track down her bit-parts but she's main cast here) but she wasn't the only good thing in the show.

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