TV Review - Somewhere Between
The problem is that ABC just tried this same thing not that long ago. Last year, ABC put out Time After Time, another remake about a man and a woman who team up and time-travel to track a serial killer. It was all about the victimization of women and the sexualizing of a serial killer, which made it rather disgusting. It wanted to make its serial killer physically attractive, a sex symbol and not in a satiric way as in American Psycho (2000), but in a legitimate way. The show wanted us to actually like the serial killer and not in any reasonable way like Dexter. This series isn't that appalling, at least not in the first three episodes.
The victimization of women though is still at the top of the list. This series just delights in leaving bloody female body after bloody female body on screen. Thrown in the mix is that of a murdered child. Of course, the series doesn't have the courage to show the dead child, but has no qualms using it as the driving force. Yet, when it comes to a mystery about a dead child, ABC already did another, cancelled show about a child's murder. Its remake of the Australian series Secrets and Lies was only two years prior.
Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) stars as Laura Price, a TV producer who is investigating a serial killer in San Francisco. She's married to Tom Price, played by JR Bourne (Teen Wolf), the city's district attorney and a very handsome man. They have a 8-year-old daughter named Serena, played by Aria Birch. Serena is kidnapped and murdered. Her body is left in Black Pine Cove, a nearby bay. Laura is so distraught that she attempts suicide in that same bay. At the same time, Nico Jackson, played by Devon Sawa (Nikita), the brother of the man prosecuted by Tom for murder, is nearly murdered himself in that same bay. Nico is able to save them both. However, both come out the bay having time-traveled a week before Serena's death.
Written by Stephen Tolkin, Laura explains her time-travel trip as a result of the "universe." There's also some vague talk about a higher purpose. Nico's mother tries to reinforce the idea of Heaven but her granddaughter rejects that idea. Nico's former mother-in-law whom Laura meets calls the whole thing "fate." There's no spiritual or religious sense to Laura and Nico, our two protagonists. There's no scientific explanation to their time-travel as in Time After Time. An obvious question is why them? Why did they time travel?
There's a side plot about Nico's brother who is on death row. His mother does everything she can to get him released. Nico's brother seems to be mentally challenged or has special needs. Maybe all of this is about him in reality. It's not clear four episodes into it. It's mainly just a police procedure again with this sleight gimmick buried underneath.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Tuesdays at 10PM on ABC.