Stitchers airs at 9pm on ABCFamily, on Tuesday nights.
This show started a little…heavy on the fast-talk and light on the seriousness, but I think it’s safe to say that they’ve fixed that entirely. It’s still fast-talk-y, but in a way that’s much easier to process and makes more sense, and the goofiness of the pilot had been mostly replaced by suspension of disbelief, while the plot has taken off. It’s not always as ground-breaking as it could be–sometimes the inspirations show through a little too much–but it’s so fun to watch, incredibly engaging, and addictively twisty.
This week was the first week when things felt like they were starting to come together, and there’s now all these hints of Big Stuff Behind the Scenes. (SPOILERS from here on)
- Marta came back, half-bonkers, mad at Cameron, and determined to protect Kirsten–which was a nice inversion of the out-to-kill-her-replacement story that it looked like it was setting up!
- She said that the Stitchers program warps people
- That it isn’t really about solving murders that crimesolving is a cover for testing for something else
- She tried to give the code and the info to the conspiracy dude to force it to be closed down
- She hates Cameron–maybe?–for not saving her
- She tried to kill Maggie, which seems to maybe, possibly, a little, have pushed Maggie to the team’s side rather than her government contacts’ sides
- Her boss-type-person has actively killed at least one guy–this week’s victim–specifically to stitch him, which implies that there’s others and that Marta’s crazy is not as crazy as it sounds
- Cameron, Linus, Camille and Kirsten all heard what Marta said, and K already distrusts Maggie, and it would be so so so sad if Cameron turns out to be less than noble
This week felt really tight, with those dangling storylines that didn’t seem to be dangling before, starting to pull together and make a cohesive bigger storyline–which I hadn’t realized I was missing until I realized one was forming. It’s great to see the characters distracted but trying to catch on, while we start seeing how things can go bad for them in just the right way to make us root for them. And it’s great, too, to see the story pushing the team properly together, into a cohesive unit that can actually face the weird challenges this weird job is going to throw at them. The core is almost there; barring any horrible revelations, they can do it; now to pull all those side scientists into the team around them, and get Maggie 100% on her team’s side.
And in the meantime, it’s gonna be so much fun watching the cases make more and more serious impacts on their lives and their understanding of their jobs. Also, seeing them figure out how they fit together–which we’re already getting with so-far aromantic Camille and besotted Linus, and a little teeny bit with Cameron and Kirsten (we all saw how she looked at his shirtless self last week).
Stitchers probably won’t win any awards, but it’s also so great to watch. Plus, the official Twitters of the producer, writers and the show itself are super-involved, and that always helps a show feel watchable these days.
Samantha watches All The Shows, and tweets about a lot of them. Stitching into her brain would be mostly quotes, tbh.