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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stitchers is a sci-fi drama about a young woman who investigates crimes by "stitching" into the minds of others. The overall tone is dark and tense; murders or other crimes take place on each episode. Dead bodies are briefly seen, and crime photos with blood are viewed from afar. Characters die on-screen, and there's some cartoonish fighting and scuffling. Cursing ("dammit," "smartass") and somewhat rough language ("that sucks") can be heard. Flirting, dating, and kissing take place; a couple kisses naked in bed (with no nudity). Parents may appreciate that a young woman is the center of this story and somewhat of an action hero.
What's the story?
In ABC Family's sci-fi drama STITCHERS, super genius grad student Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) has a problem -- temporal dysplasia, a disorder that keeps her from experiencing the passage of time. But her disorder doesn't only affect her life and make mincemeat of friendships and emotions. It also makes her the target of a shadowy organization that investigates crimes by "stitching" the consciousnesses of those like Emma into the memories of the recently deceased. By reliving the events of their lives, Emma is able to gather vital insight into their mysterious ends. On hand to help are neuroscientist/hottie Cameron (Kyle Harris), mysterious program head Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and sardonic bioelectrical engineer Linus (Ritesh Rajan).
Is it any good?
Rather like an Inception-lite tilted toward families and teens, Stitchers has the traditional appeal of a crime procedural with a dollop of sci-fi intrigue and prodigious sex appeal in the form of Kirsten Clark herself and the hunky (if murky) scientists who launch her into investigations. Viewers who haven't delved deeply into the genre are this show's primary target -- Stitchers is jammed full of science-fiction tropes and imagery that might turn off more sophisticated fans. (When Kirsten "jumps" into the consciousness of another, glowing strips in the floor light up? Come on.)
Nonetheless, the "case of the week" structure is a time-honored staple of crime drama, and the show's central "stitching" conceit adds a pleasing aspect. Clark and her cohorts are easy on the eyes, and mystery/sci-fi shows that are suitable for younger viewers are very thin on the horizon. Families with a geeky bent may want to watch this light, intriguing show together.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's premise. What if "temporal dysplasia" were real? How about the process of "stitching" one's consciousness into another's?
Have you seen other shows or movies in which one character is able to step into the shoes of another through (imaginary) scientific or supernatural means? How is Stitchers similar to or different from these dramas?
For kids who love sci-fi mysteries
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