I feel kinda guilty I never kept up with CBS TV’s HARPER’S ISLAND, but the only serial TV show I can fit into my busy life is LOST and only LOST. But I digress: HARPER’S ISLAND was pitched as a simple concept – a finite series where each week, another character/suspect is knocked off and the killer’s identity revealed in the final ep. I only watched the pilot before I was called to rejoin the Dharma Initiative.
Still, I was super-impressed at the pilot, which contained a gory double-death, interesting characters and chin-stroking mystery. It’s perhaps apt that Paramount are releasing the full series on DVD, those cats were responsible for APRIL FOOL’S DAY (1986), a film HARPER’S ISLAND shares a great deal of favorable similarity with: A whodunnit set on an island amongst a celebratory setting, and heavily Agatha Christie inspired.
What I missed week-to-week will surely be a treat to watch in one go, like a sprawling, epic 8-hr+ slasher saga. Disc streets on October 8th, more details as they become available – join me in repenting by picking up a copy.