Stitchers: iZombie meets Bones

Ever thought about hacking into dead people’s memories? Freeform’s first ever procedural drama Stitchers follows a secret division of the NSA that “stitches” into people’s memories in order to solve their murder. Here are 5 reasons why you should give this show a go…

Stitchers (2015): Created by Jeff Schechter; 2 Seasons à 10 episodes à 43mins.; Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Allison Scagliotti (Drake & Josh), Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson Whitfield, Damon Dayoub.

For fans of: iZombie, Tru Calling, detective shows such as CSI and Bones.

Although none of the ingredients of the show’s premise are unprecedented -the plot resembles that of the CW’s iZombie – it’s hard to deny the allure of procedural dramas, let alone one about a secret government agency experimenting with cutting-edge science and technology to solve crimes. Here are five reasons why you should stitch into this show…

1. It’s smart

While the Stitchers programme in itself is compelling, more so are the brilliant minds that run it: Cameron, a young, likable neuroscientist tasked with mapping the memories of the dead and helping Kirsten navigate through them; Linus, a cheeky bio-electrical engineer of South-East Asian heritage who likes to dance; Camille (Alisson Scagliotti, Drake & Josh, Warehouse 13) Kirsten’s feisty roommate and herself a promising PhD student in the field of data retrieval; and last but not least, Kirsten, an emotionally detached superbrain with the body of a supermodel (Emma Ishta, the actress who plays Kirsten, actually is a model) and no filter whatsoever.

What makes Kirsten stand out is her rare and completely made-up medical condition, temporal dysplasia: Kirsten has no perception of time. The absence of emotion she so frequently displays is a symptom of this condition because everything feels like déjà vu to her. As such, Kirsten is something of a modern day L’Etranger.

2. It’s sexy

The characters on this show have amazing chemistry. First and foremost that goes for Cameron and Kirsten a.k.a your instant one true pairing. Not only does the angst between them manifest in stolen glances and flaring tempers whenever they challenge and tease each other, there are also genuine feelings of concern and trust in progress.  Plus, their banter is quality.

3. It’s funny

Speaking of banter, the writing for Stitchers is really entertaining. From Kirsten’s shockingly sober approach to cases – “dead is dead, no matter what happened” – to her impatience  with her superiors and colleagues, which usually ends in her starting an unauthorised independent investigation, she is a delight to watch. Every conversation she engages in, especially if it posits her opposite Cameron’s quick wit and eloquence, becomes a blunt exchange of blows that takes you by surprise and leaves you wanting more.

4. The Character Dynamic

The subtle bromance between Cameron and Linus provides for some of the rare quiet moments of this otherwise fast-paced show, for instance when they’re sharing in their frustration over the women in their lives by having a guys night in, eating cheese, drinking beer and playing video games.

5. The Cinematography

The stitches are beautifully shot and excel at translating the neuro-processes that affected the deceased at the time of experience visually: Kirsten reliving a victim’s drug haze, a bomb explosion, and scattered and blurred images due to the victim’s death by blunt-force trauma to the head.

To binge or not to binge? I dare you not to binge this, as it is highly addictive. The overarching plot will make a lot more sense if you watch the seasons in one go anyway.

Where can I watch? Stitchers is available for streaming on Hulu as well as the Freeform website. It can also be purchased on Amazon Instant.

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