Published: Saturday, 30 May 2015 | Written by SciFi Vision
Tuesday night ABC Family premieres its new series Stitchers. The science fiction drama follows Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a brilliant computer science graduate student, who because of a medical condition, is emotionally distant. However, perfect for the job, she is recruited to a secret government agency to the Stitchers program, where after being submersed in a tank of water and connected to computers, she is "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased to help solve crimes and other mysteries.
She is joined by the neuroscientist Cameron (Kyle Harris) in the program, who becomes her partner of sorts, as he guides her through the memories of the deceased.
The team is led by Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and also includes technician Linus (Ritesh Rajan).
Kirsten must also deal with her roommate, Camille (Allison Scagliotti), another computer science grad student, who might be able to assist her.
I initially was surprised by the addition of a science fiction series to the ABC Family lineup; I wasn't sure what to expect, and was worried that the show would be geared more towards younger viewers. I was happily surprised that that was not the case. The family show is lighter than some of the science fiction dramas currently on television, but it is one that can definitely also be enjoyed by adults.
The procedural has a unique twist to it with the aspect of "stitching," and I feel it's done successfully. As a base for the stories, it's quite interesting, and also the process of Kirsten connecting to the dead has been well thought out, not just practically, but I also appreciated the actual look with the props and special effects. The other nice thing is, that although "stitching" is not possible, the characters do a really excellent job of making it believable that the technology could exist; it also has its limitations.
At least with the first few episodes that I've seen, thankfully "stitching" hasn't become overused. Most of the action takes place outside of the tank where Kirsten and the team look try to connect the clues she has received from the memories of the dead.
The cast members were well chosen and mesh great together. I especially love the interactions between Kirsten and Cameron. Kirsten is very blunt and Cameron's reactions are terrific. Another standout is Camille. Scagliotti's character is a lot of fun, has great dialog, and steals a lot of the scenes.
I also enjoyed the episodic storylines and the surprises in the first few episodes, and am excited to see where the story is taken.
For a new and unique science fiction series that the whole family can enjoy together, be sure to check out Stitchers on ABC Family.