Painkiller Jane on Sci Fi

Well, I've just finished watching the third of the first three episodes of Painkiller Jane.

The jury's still out.

It's based on a comic book, and I'll keep watching it (yes; my standards are high), but I'm not completely blown away. It's pretty good - I'm just not sure it's that great. Kristanna Loken is decent as Jane, and the supporting cast is passable, though no one really stands out (except maybe the computer hacker, Riley). The writing is ok, but leaves a bit to be desired. It's a little predictable and the foreshadowing is a bit heavy handed (how much a part will be played by her father, or the girl across the hall?). The show tries to be fancy with it's camera work and direction; and succeeds - for the most part. Take a look at it if you're a comic book fan.

I guess the comparisons with Heroes are inevitable. I've heard it called a Heroes ripoff, but that's blatant crap. If it's a Heroes ripoff, then Heroes is an X-Men ripoff - Heroes has more in common with X-Men then this does with Heroes. I can see the similar premises, but the structure of the show is completely different.

What I'd really like to see is a show based on the Painkiller Jane movie Sci Fi aired in 2005. I realize it's even more distanced from the comic book than this series, but I really liked the premise, and was impressed with the way they handled her abilities. But, I'll watch this one for awhile. We'll see how long it lasts...


Bones said...

Not watching this one, and didn't really care for the Sci-Fi movie either. Of course I didn't care for her comics to begin with, so that probably has something to do with it.

Something I have been enjoying though, is Drive. I just found out this morning that it's been cancelled. This of course following on the heels of the Black Donnellys being cancelled. I'm not happy camper at all.

Jim said...

Really? I enjoyed the movie.

We've been recording all the episodes of Drive, and had been waiting for a time to sit down and watching them. When we found out it was canceled, we just went ahead and deleted them. I'm glad we didn't get hooked on the show first!

Lisa said...

I've been watching it. I've seen the first few and have the rest waiting for me on my TiVo. I agree that it's only OK and not as good as the movie - which I think was more like the comic than the show has turned out to be. I'm not a fan of having Jane constantly struggling with what she is and how she got to be that way. That's the one part of the show that buggs me the most. Typically I'm just about to delete the show before it ends, giving up on it, but I wait for the next commercial break and then decide I have to see how it ends.

Jim said...

Yeah - I think I keep coming back because it's (sorta) based on a comic book. I have a feeling it will go the way of Blade and not last past the first season.