Two episodes in and Harper's Island is now must-watch TV every Thursday night. The simple mystery of trying to figure out who's the killer, who will die next and what clues are merely red herrings is as entertaining as anything
The second episode helped fix the main problem of the premiere by establishing more of the characters. An initial cast of 25 is absurdly huge, but thankfully three of those suspects are already dead. Continuing the greatness of an underwater murder and cutting Uncle Marty in half, the second episode featured a decapitation, a hanging and a girl being burned alive. That's just the kind of crazy death scenes any horror movie fan could hope for.
While the large cast is still a bit difficult to grasp, some characters are stepping up. The feud between townie Shane and goth brother of the groom J.D. is intriguing with deer carcasses and girls in the middle. However, anyone who thinks this has anything to do with the actual serial killer storyline obviously has no sense of horror film history.
Shane is the very definition of a red herring, an ominous guy who has a short fuse and crossbow skills. Harper's Island clearly wants us to think he's the killer, which should be the first sign that he's not.
On the other end of the spectrum is the macabre Chloe and her foppish British beau Cal. People seem certain that Cal will die, and the show seems to be playing this up as a possible running joke, putting the British dandy into precarious situations, fooling viewers into thinking he'll die. I suspect he'll outlast most of the wedding party out of sheer luck. Either that, or he's the killer.How, you might ask, could he be the killer if he was tied up that whole time?
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