Sunday, July 22, 2007

What I'm Watching: Painkiller Jane

Painkiller Jane: Season 1, Episode 1 "Pilot" (F)

Kristanna Loken, famous for her role as the evil Terminator in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," adds little personality or enthusiasm to her portrayal of a DEA agent-turned-Neuro-hunter (Neuros are some kind of evil, or rather, misguided spirits that a super-secret team must try to stop). The action that occurs is just uninteresting, and the plot is so convoluted yet so uncomplicated at the same time that the two contradict each other and boring chaos results. An indicator that this is a poorly crafted show comes not once but twice in this episode: Jane deduces which one of three men is a killer by glancing at their shadows to see who is pulling a gun. Later, to reveal how she did it, the same scene is replayed exactly as it was, which is pointless since we saw how she did it the first time! Later, she fakes tripping to steal something from another agent. When she walks away, she holds up the object for us to see. As another "flashback reveal," the tripping scene is replayed, except once again, we already know all too well what happened. The show is attempting to create suspense and intrigue by assuming its audience to be considerably dumb, which certainly does not give it any extra points.

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