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I'm trying out something new this week with a look at the titles you may have missed over at Netflix. "Netflix Queue-riosities" brings you the underrated, underappreciated finds whether they're available for Instant Play (preferred) or just disc-to-home. I'll start off with one of my favorite style of TV shows, the mini-series. You know their ending was planned from the beginning (I'm lookin' at you 'Lost') and they're well paced. What better platform for a show like Harper's Island?
Harper's Island is a 13-part mini-series with each episode including the murder of another character. It's fun trying to guess the killer on the island among the guest list of lavish wedding for a millionaire's daughter. Some of the guests (including the groom and his best friend, Abby) grew up on the island and have many memories together. Unfortunately, one of those memories is of John Wakefield who went on a killing spree years ago. Among his victims was Abby's mother. Her father is the sherrif on the island and presumably killed Wakefield after the rampage but now it's happening again and with striking similarity to the Wakefield murders. Click below to see it on Netflix.
I don't have many complaints about Harper's Island. Without spoilers, the ending is something you could have guessed so it makes the build-up worth your time. Just don't watch it FOR the ending. Watch it for the characters, the suspense, and the thrills. It's an honorable achievment and makes you long for more of similar.
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