Summary: James is a 17 year old psychopath who meets a angsty teen named Alyssa. Alyssa falls in love with him due to him being different and goes on a date with him. James, however, wants to kill her. Alyssa and James decide to leave their town in James' dad's car.
The Good: This was very unique and is a neat concept for a TV show. It's always great to see a new TV show which isn't afraid to take risks and be different.
I thought the introductions to the main characters were very well done. Usually I'm not a fan of voice overs as they often feel like a lazy way to give us exposition, but here I feel it works as it offers us a quick introduction to these characters so the story can kick off. While it doesn't do a great job making us care about both characters (see: The Bad), we at least understand who they are on a basic level which makes their irritatingly angsty behaviour much more acceptable in our eyes. In the end, I feel that these voice-overs were the very best way to introduce us to both James and Alyssa.
The one thing this show does really well is its black comedy. There were loads of moments which had me laughing, which helped me enjoy the show much more. As a drama it is lacking currently, but the show was just so easy to watch due to its unique black comedy, which helped me overlook some of the flaws.
The Bad: The characters seem extremely shallow currently. They are really unlikable, so the show is going to need to work hard to make me care about them, and it just hasn't happened yet. It's also really hard to connect to characters who feel so overblown that they couldn't possibly exist in the real world. In the end I'm just left with a basic understanding of who they are instead of anything more than that. I'm definitely willing to wait if we do get more background on these 2.
Some of the dialogue feels very choppy and awkward. I understand that it is the point of this show as it helps with the black comedy aspect, but it does hurt my immersion somewhat.
The Unknown: What were those memories from James? What happened with his mother? Who were the bloody bodies at his house?
What happened to Alyssa's father?
Best Moment: Not a whole lot stood out, but I felt that the final scene was the best with some nice tension with James wanting to kill Alyssa before deciding to leave with her. And of course we got a good laugh as James punches his father in the face.
Character of the Episode: Alyssa.
Conclusion: This was a solid premiere for a very unconventional TV show. It has some flaws, but at only 20 minutes long, the episodes go by quickly and are easy to watch. This show has definite potential if executed properly and I believe things can definitely get much better than this episode.
Just a university student who loves to watch TV. And criticize it like hell.