As a Homicide Detective, Jessica King (Amy Price-Francis) sees things that everyone else misses: in crime scenes, in evidence, in the motivations and drives of the suspects. A fearless and imaginative lateral thinker, her unique eye for detail turns cases around. And she has a rare quality: Jess doesn’t need to be liked. That quality gets her into trouble.
This is another TV series from Showcase in Canada, the network that also brings us Endgame.
That description is misleading. Everyone wants a character to sound like House, M.D..
I tried to watch ABC’s new Body of Evidence and was disgusted in the first six minutes of the debut episode. Dana Delaney was doing a female House.
I expected the same thing here. Except House as cop. Which is what Fox’s Lie To Me keeps trying to be.
So I was very surprised to find the lead character is actually charming, warm, and appealing.
This is all down to the star:
And a fine ensemble cast.
I was really going to bail on the first episode early on because the opening was identical to an episode of Lie To Me. So I expected a hack script rip-off. It was nothing of the kind, so I was glad I stuck to it. The story really stretched credulity but the characters saved it. Just as great writing can make people not care about an unbelievable plot, sometimes a good cast makes you watch something despite the plot.
My main complaint is the stupid series title: King. Look, I know that’s her bloody surname, but we live in the age of the Internet now. Do you know how damn hard search engines will have to work to dredge up proper matches for that? This post will probably never score a search engine hit. Creators have to keep this new indexing factor in mind. It’s astounding Showcase’s marketing department didn’t catch this.
I look forward to the next episode. The rest of you might want to give this one a try. Despite this silly promo: