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Painkiller Jane

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Contrived, violent action show doesn't connect.

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The problem with Painkiller Jane is that it doesn't make much sense. For example, although -- like Jane -- Neuros also spontaneously develop super-human abilities, the team's doctor vows that Jane isn't one of them -- and since there's not really any logical explanation for any of this, viewers have to take him at his word. And the storylines are held together with exposition, either from Jane or one of her fellow secret agents. Without these helpful hints, it would be nearly impossible for viewers to figure out what's going on.

It's not just the script that seems forced: Some scenes come across as low budget and fall flat. At one point, for example, the team is assigned to protect the president -- a task that apparently can't be that hard, given that only a few dozen extras are on hand to portray an unusually thin crowd greeting his arrival at a major event. And when the president's official security team notifies the Neuro hunters -- by radio -- that they won't be working together, it seems as if the goal was to avoid hiring additional actors to play the Secret Service detail. If only Jane could kill that kind of pain.

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