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Friday, March 30, 2012

Double Feature Friday: Marathon Edition

We've all been there: you sit down to watch an episode of a TV show, and then you promise yourself, "Just one more episode." Before you know it, you're covered in empty pizza boxes, and you've reached the very end of the entire series. It's so ubiquitous that there's a Portlandia sketch about it (and I should know, since I did this very thing with Portlandia). This week's Double Feature Friday highlights a TV show that can easily be made into a triple or quadruple feature before you remember to service your bodily functions. Enjoy, and remember to stretch your legs every few episodes.

Harper's Island is perfect for binging: the modern whodunnit storyline keeps you wanting more, and the entire series is only 13 episodes. That's less than 10 hours, so you can easily make a day of it without your disappearance alarming anyone! The premise is simple: young couple Henry (Christopher Gorham) and Trish (Katie Cassidy) return to the namesake island for the wedding of their dreams. There's just one tiny problem: a serial killer murdered a handful of people a few years back, and he might just be on the prowl again. The show's entertainment goes beyond merely guessing who is picking off the characters one by one. There's a certain humor in the increasingly elaborate ways in which the the murders are executed, from hanging to harpooning. If that's not enough, each episode's name cleverly references a character's mode of death: Bang, Crackle, Snap, etc.

Now, it's important to have a realistic expectation of Harper's Island. An intelligent, cerebral horror series it is not. However, it does meet 3 key requirements for me: fun, campy, and available to stream in full on Netflix. While you're watching, you can cross off each murder victim on the image below. Think of it as a deadlier version of Bingo! (Click on the image to zoom.)

And with that, I wish you a happy weekend. Remember to go outside once in a while -- Vitamin D is important!

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