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Harper's Island 1 Season 2009

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Season 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars (691) IMDb 7.5/10

A small group of family and friends gathers on a secluded island to attend a weeklong wedding celebration...but the island's history as the location of a mass killing threatens the joyous event and sets the stage for a new mystery.

Starring:
Elaine Cassidy, Christopher Gorham

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Season 1
1. Whap

In the premiere episode, Abby Mills returns to Harper's Island for the wedding celebration of her best friend, Henry Dunn, and his fiancée, Trish Wellington. Abby hasn't been home in seven years, since her mother and five others were murdered by John Wakefield.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: April 9, 2009
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2. Crackle

As the wedding party embarks on a scavenger hunt, Trish confronts an old flame, Henry makes peace with some locals and Abby runs into a friend who is haunted by John Wakefield and the island's tragic past.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 38 minutes Release date: April 16, 2009
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3. Ka-Blam

When a local girl's death is ruled a suicide, Abby challenges her father, the Sheriff, to investigate what really happened As the wedding approaches, Trish must come to a decision about Hunter.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: April 23, 2009
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4. Bang

The groomsmen take Henry fishing for his bachelor party and make a gruesome discovery. The bridesmaids celebrate Trish's final days as a bachelorette with a psychic who has a very strong reaction to Abby.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 2, 2009
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5. Thwack

A father/daughter bike ride in the woods leads to a startling revelation. Abby uncovers the Sheriff's secret obsession as Trish and Henry's wedding rehearsal takes an unexpected turn.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: May 9, 2009
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6. Sploosh

With the wedding party reeling after the deadly events at the rehearsal, Abby, Henry and J.D. take matters into their own hands as they try and solve the murder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: May 23, 2009
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7. Thrak, Splak, Sizzle

As the wedding guests prepare to leave the island, evidence leads the Sheriff to believe one of them is responsible for the deaths on the island. Also, Abby learns a dark secret linking her to Wakefield.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: May 30, 2009
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8. Gurgle

A guest disappears as the wedding party prepares to board the ship for home. A mysterious phone call informs Abby that if anyone leaves the island, the missing person will be killed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 6, 2009
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9. Seep

The remaining members of the wedding party begin to turn on one another. Then, after finding maps of the island's underground tunnel system, they all join together to search for a Madison.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 13, 2009
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10. Snap

While attempting to get to a boat that will take everyone off the island, a massive explosion destroys the marina. The group retreats to a hideaway where a secret is revealed that leaves the group reeling.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: June 20, 2009
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11. Splah

After being rocked by more deaths and the disappearance of another friend, the group fights back and is more determined than ever to track down the island's killer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: June 26, 2009
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12. Gasp

Eight out of the original 25 suspects strive to be one of the few survivors as all answers are revealed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 11, 2009
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13. Sigh

Eight out of the original 25 suspects strive to be one of the few survivors as all answers are revealed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 11, 2009
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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on June 4, 2009
Format: DVD
We are so hooked on this show it isn't funny, which must be a tribute to the writing and the direction. The producers certainly know how to get you going, though it takes a few episodes before they can start reeling you in and playing you the way they want to.

At the very beginning there are too many characters--if you have ever seen Robert Altman's film A Wedding some of this will look familiar, but add into it a maritime setting, a fantastic yacht, and a culture of working class people trained to anticipate the needs of the wealthy, and you have a recipe for tension right there, and that's before you get the murders going. The families of Trish Wellington (Katie Cassidy) and Henry Dunn (Christopher Gorham, often looking oddly like lean, lanky, nutty Anthony Perkins) invite you to a destination wedding, one held at Harper's Island somewhere in the Puget Sound, where you will be staying at the incredibly glamorous Candlewick Inn, but there will be plenty of time for slumming and seeing how the other half live.

Chief among the main characters is our heroine, played by Elaine Cassidy, the Irish actress who made a splash in Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey ten years back. As Abby, the daughter of the local sheriff (Jim Beaver), Cassidy plays the tragic survivor of a mass murder that rocked the island seven years ago. Could the killer, John Wakefield, thought to have been shot down by Abby's dad, still be alive? Has he gone back to his ways of hanging his victims from the trees? For many episodes Fate and the unseen killer arrange it so that one by one, victims die but nobody really realizes it, thinking they have just gone back to Seattle and will return for the wedding ceremony.
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"Harper's Island" mimics the basic plot of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" with a heavier emphasis on gore. This slasher series was a gamble for CBS that may not have been a ratings success, but it's enjoyable nonetheless providing some genuine thrills, episodes jam-packed with suspense, and more surprisingly, endearing character development.

The series is a self-contained 13-episode murder mystery event, which means all loose ends are tied up and most questions answered within its thirteen episode run. Networks should embrace this formula more often as it discourages the many filler episodes that plague so many other shows that have been on air for seasons. Since there is no second or third season, producers don't feel the need to continually provide more questions (and no answers) to string viewers along for years. More often than not, these shows often get canceled before viewers get a chance to have their loyalty rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. "Harper's Island," while flawed, is an extremely enjoyable, and intense series with more heart than you would expect from a slasher television show. Sure this isn't Shakespeare, but there is more to the characters than your typical "Friday the 13th" installment.

The show revolves around a wedding party held on an island--eventually, characters (and wedding guests) start dying off in gruesomely creative ways, while those remaining are either fighting for their survival or serve as suspects. Episode titles are in onomatopoeia form, which gives viewers a hint at how one or more unlucky character will bite the dust in any given episode (i.e. Thwack, Splash).
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Just finished watching the finale and this show was amazing. I was originally concerned with the pre-reviews saying too bloody for the Agatha Christie crowd not bloody enough for the Friday the 13th crowd. Well what about the crowd that just appreciates a well written murder mystery. The characters were all very endearing. The story grew darker each week. The "soap opera" element only helped to create characters that the viewer cared about. Alot of the deaths were creative and the plot twists were intriguing. Ultimately, the payoff was tense and thrilling. I can hardly wait to rewatch this excellent show on dvd. Thank you to CBS for airing this outstanding show!
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I am kind of astonished by so many people raving about this so I will get the good away first - 1) absolutely pretty location that makes me want to hop onto a ferry and go to some serene island for a while; 2) attractive people who thankfully did not have too challenging a script so the acting was fine for what it was though there is no depth to most of the characters ... In fact, you could reasonably take any character and exchange it for another, among the young crowd, without losing anything of the story, and 3) it does create some semblance of suspense in the initial episodes to get you interested.

But then it either loses steam, or loses logic or maybe there was never any logic to start with.

***SPOILER***

I will sum up my entire issue with this show with 2 criticisms - first and the biggest one is that this supposedly maniacal murderous mayhem is all about Abbie and yet half the people who die have nothing to do with her. The whole thing starts with some obscure cousin of Trish dying before Abbie had set foot anywhere within frame. While it may have been done as a way to build suspense it has no connection to what the story wants us to believe is the reason for all this happening and as such is just a very cheap ploy. And there are cheap ploys like this all through with half a dozen people dying or disappearing with no connection to Abbie. All the people on the other had are directly connected to Trish or connected by the setting of her wedding so Trish would have made sense. But the writer's decided for whatever reason to tie in with some past killer and create a backstory and then forgot somehow to make that the actual focus, probably because they just really wanted to kill people off as a way to sensationalize and sell the story.
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