The new ABC Family series, Stitchers, is about a young woman named Kirsten who is a computer tech student who has a rare medical condition called "temporal dysplasia", essentially meaning she has no time perception, and in a sense it also has affected the way she perceives emotions. After learning about her father's death she is sought out and recruited into a highly secretive government organization for the Stitcher Program, using a specific dead person's brain by linking it with a living person to try and figure out what happened to them and solving life or death mysteries, similar to the plot of The Cell, except without the gorgeous subconscious cinematography.
The show itself has similar crime procedural setups that can be spotted a mile away; the top secret underground government-covered agency that uses highly advanced, and seemingly highly illogical, science fiction based technology, them recruiting the main character within the first episode due to her unique skill, solving the crime of the week just in the nick of time, and even some other predictable moments like the banter between Kirsten and the scientist guy which will undoubtedly lead to some romance down the line (esp since she kissed him in this first episode, albeit it wasn't really her since she was still suffering the effects from being linked into a dead man's brain and was reenacting a moment from his memory, but still), and of course the tie-in to why her character is needed with this organization: her father's death and understanding that there may be more about her past and familial connections than she knows. Not that this is bad, mind you, but this formula has been so overdone that it doesn't make the show standout amongst everything else you see on television nowadays, is all.
Nevertheless, I actually liked what I saw during this pilot. The pacing itself was good. It kept me engaged with what was happening, and I ended up liking the characters so far.
Kirsten reminds me a lot of Gaia Moore from Fearless, the fact she has a rare condition that gives her not just an advantage but it also hinders something about herself that isn't like what normal people experience, and her personality kind of also reminds me of her too. The dialogue which is spoken is a mixture of the fast-paced Gilmore Girls speak with a hint of Buffy-isms, especially since she comes up with quick responses and dry sarcastic tone that you can imagine being puzzled whenever she says something or does something on impulse, which is how most people around her react. It's interesting seeing how she operates, and while it is just the first episode and clearly not enough time to really get more of her character and why she is the way she is, there's a certain draw to her that is undeniable. The way she interacts with people is fascinating to watch, and it's also understandable that her roommate (played by the gorgeous and talented Allison Scagliotti) would want to kick her out.
Speaking of, I'm looking forward to seeing more of Allison's character (seeing as how she was the main draw for me to see this show in the first place). Now that she knows about what Kirsten has been doing, there is no way that she won't be out of the loop on things. I'm hoping that in future episodes that she becomes integral to Kirsten's investigations. I want to see them riff off each other more, their bantering was entertaining but I really want to know more about their relationship since they had been roommates for the past year or so.
Overall: Because this is the pilot I'm going to be more lenient, since first episodes of anything isn't a true indicator of what the rest of the show will become. As series premieres go, this was a decent one. I wouldn't say on the level of remarkable, but it kept me engaged and curious enough to want to see how the next episode will do.