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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The InBetween is a dark crime procedural about a woman with psychic powers who helps detectives in Seattle. The show revolves around violent crimes, and lead character Cassie (Harriet Dyer) often has grisly visions of the crimes and victims. Additionally, she has the ability to speak with ghosts who are stuck in a sort of purgatory, who are often victims or criminals that discuss their crimes. Cassie is shown to drink to excess, and she also works as a bartender, so many scenes involve alcohol.
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What's the story?
In THE INBETWEEN, Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer) is a bartender with latent psychic powers that allow her to see visions and communicate with the dead. She uses these powers to help her detective father, Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne), and his partner, Damien Asante (Justin Cornwell), solve crimes. Meanwhile, she helps ghosts stuck in purgatory to deal with the traumatic events that landed them there.
Is it any good?
The trouble with this series isn't just that it gives its central character psychic powers, but that it seems to give her every psychic power. She has premonitions, talks to the dead, reads minds, and sees visions of the past. One of the reasons The Mentalist and some of its imitators are so successful is that they place restrictions on their protagonists. Patrick Jane was, essentially, a con man, so he was constantly having to work within realistic limitations to solve crimes, even if he was exceptionally good at it. Cassie can't do everything all at once, but her gifts change according to what the story needs her to do.
For mystery stories to work, they need to be a fair fight, and there needs to be a reasonable chance the bad guys will win. The InBetween gets it backwards, stacking the deck so far in Cassie's favor that, like her, the viewer always knows what's coming.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Cassie's powers. What do her psychic powers entail? Why does she have them? Do you think anyone really has powers like this?
How does the idea of family play into The InBetween? Who are the families on the show? How do they relate to each other? What about the families involved in the crimes, either as victims or criminals?
How good are the detectives at their jobs? How do they go about their work? If they didn't have Cassie's help, do you feel like these crimes would be solved?
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