Somewhere Between (2017)
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No, I've never seen the original Korean series so I didn't have the same expectations going into this. However, I did read these reviews. I actually deleted my recording and wasn't even going to give it a chance. Thankfully my parents told me they loved it. So I watched the first episode... then the second... then the third. My only complaint? I can't binge the rest of the series yet.
Is it the best show I've ever watched? No. Is it good TV? Yes.
I recommend you give it a try as well.
Then the kid, Serena, if I should call her a kid: she is a smart ass. That might be the role she has to take on, but she is so arrogant, that you don't even feel sorry for her when something would happen to her. Like, wow, luckily the little brat is gone.
The side characters and the leading men actors were very good and realistic. They made me watch the series till the end.
This is adapted from a Korean show. I'm not a big fan of Paula Patton's acting which consists of varying degrees of near-cry. The story starts with an intriguing premise although the conspiracy rabbit hole is rather convoluted. It goes so fast that most plot holes are ignored. Much of it can be forgiven but I can't stand the kid. Some will say she's sassy but that's a short distance from bratty. Bratty kids are a pet peeve of mine unless they can be funny. This girl ain't funny. She's a know-it-all brat and she gets on my nerves. I'm perfectly happy to have her dead so I don't have to see her. The character drains all the fun from the show.
First two minutes into the show I thought how bad the acting is. I've seen the main actress in few movies and her acting skills were okay, pretty average but not bad. But in this show! Oh my! But let's be fair, no one acts good in this show.
Too bad for this good storyline.
Husband liked it so we're watching the 2nd episode but I've already mentally checked out.
To the reviewers that gave low stars - it is like going to a new restaurant and not having a great experience, you need to go back a couple of times until the kinks are worked out.
You need to watch more than episode to get a good experience and enjoy the show.
A sci-fi drama, with thriller intensity, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Really great stuff if you're much like me and enjoy debating with others about the plot, all while being on the very edge of your seats.
Paula Patton's character is quite the complex role too - a deranged and broken mom facing a long period of heartbreak, then thrown into what I can only describe without giving anything away, a total dumbfounding roller coaster of a situation which leads her character into a desperate and somewhat crazy quest. Something that Patton seems to portray well enough. If only the director took more care in knowing when to do a close up or long pan shot when she is in a serious scene, the feel would be more conveyed without compromising Patton's credibility. There are even some scenes you think the director took right out of Arrow's b-roll, then again, it does add this 80s vibe that is certainly the trend on the sci-fi series front as of late - what year is it again?
Directing aside, Devon Sawa is really stealing the show and was a surprise to see him pulling his weight against JR Bourne, who is a favourite of mine since appearing as Dr Carter's love interest in Stargate the series. Both leading men have a great intensity playing off one another and their roles are both well developed and intriguing. Sawa plays a gritty deadbeat PI with a shocking past, while Bourne is a suave district attorney and family man, with perfect blue eyes and peppery silvery hair. Great actors can be pretty on the eyes too.
Rating it, the show has all the ingredients of a 10/10 sci-fi series, with just enough twists and turns to give you whiplash that you don't mind having. However, the direction of filming does pull away somewhat in the moments that count. Watchability 6/10. Overall, the context and actors lend the show enough for Netflix to save it, 8/10.
I've come back to update my review. After watching 10 episodes, I've lowered the star rating to 2 and squarely blame the abysmal writing for how bad this series is. If you haven't watched it yet, don't! If you've started, stop!
Atrocious!!! Shame on ABC for cancelling better written shows and saddling us with this crap.
Spoiled brats like this are why I couldn't watch The Mysteries of Laura after watching the first episode. And I was really looking forward to that show.
And Paula Patton is easy on the eyes and prior to this I thought was a decent actress. Don't know if it is her fault or the Director and writers but she comes off as an amateur in this show.
Then a character says, "Nothing is a coincidence. Everything is connected." Really? Thanks for the legend to the road map.
Some of the primary acting is without nuance, which matches the script. If you are going to produce a story about the possibility of reliving events and re-doing things, you had better do a good job of it, because such scripts abound and many of them are quite good (think "Groundhog Day", "12 Monkeys" or "Frequency" for starters). But this production falls short.
"Somewhere Between" comes off as melodramatic and, sometimes, amateurish. Maybe future episodes will be better, but this is one viewer who won't be watching, because the first installment is such a stinker.