Highly intelligent and emotionally distant, Kirsten Clark has an aptitude for technology, but never expected that she’d be hacking into the minds of the recently deceased.
ABC Family’s first procedural drama, Stitchers, follows Kirsten, a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Working alongside Kirsten is Cameron, a brilliant neuroscientist whose passion for the program is evident in his work.
The secret program is headed by Maggie, a skilled veteran of covert operations, and includes Linus, a socially immature bioelectrical engineer and communications technician. Kirsten’s roommate, Camille, a gifted computer science grad student, is also recruited to use her skills to assist Kirsten in her new role as a ‘stitcher.’
Having already seen the first two episodes, “A Stitch in Time” and “Friends in Low Places” (and will be watching “Connections” very soon), the investigative aspects of the main case are balanced nicely by the unusual process by which the characters have to learn about and learn to trust each other, something that’s hampered slightly by Kirsten’s condition, temporal dysplasia — an affliction which affords her the ability to be a perfect candidate to dive into the memories of the deceased.
The primary mystery, who killed Kirsten’s guardian Ed Clark, will have to be solved the old-fashioned way with just boots on the ground following up hard leads, and at this point we don’t know if that trail will lead to anyone else involved in the Stitchers Program that he helped co-create, or if it might lead to Kirsten’s missing father.
This is a fast-paced show with for the most part a very light tone and feel, despite some of the deaths being investigated and catastrophes the team needs to prevent from happening. Watching Kirsten learn how “normal” people interact with the world and people around them, and deal with emotions and all that other messy human stuff is appealing and much of the humor comes from the other techs in the program having to adjust how they explain things to Kirsten that other people might have understood automatically or interpreted far differently.
It’s fun so far, seeing how the long story arc is being “stitched” together, and I will keep watching.
Stitchers premieres Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 9pm ET/PT on ABC Family.