CBS fall premiere “Stalker” has been given the go to air an entire first season, with good reason. Similar to a division of “Law and Order,” the show focuses specifically on stalking cases and the drive behind obsessions. Each episode has a unique story line, strung together by common characters.
I have always been a fan of crime shows. I’ve watched so many in my short lifetime that I can usually tell who the killer is within the first half of the episode, but “Stalker” takes twists and turns unlike any other.
While some networks allow shows to come to unfair conclusions and introduce a suspect in the last five minutes, Stalker hides clues in a clever way while keeping the assailant under viewer’s noses the whole time.
The drama, which premiered on Oct. 1, is now on its seventh episode. Each storyline is driven by a specific case, but even main characters have stalkers of their own, which continue through each episode.
While shows like “CSI” and “Criminal Minds” can get away with large amounts of gore, “Stalker” focuses on the story line with minimal amounts of blood and guts. For viewers who appreciate twisted stories, the acts of the stalkers make up for lack of graphic details. From pouring gasoline on victims to living in the victim’s basement, creepy, yet creative, details keep the show nerve-wracking.
It is common to see repetitive themes among shows as many current series are long-running. Stalker brings a fresh perspective to a highly over-hyped industry. Instead of sitting back and watching the same story over and over, viewers will witness new ideas and techniques applied by different types of detectives. Of course, not every idea is fresh, considering in the crime drama realm every idea has been used multiple times. Stalker finds the most creative way to twist not-so-classic ideas into genius solutions.
While other series like to create relatable and inviting characters, take Abby Sciuto from “NCIS” for example, “Stalker’s” characters are plagued with their own life problems. They are far from whimsical and lighthearted, which may be even more realistic than inviting personalities created to make viewers feel a connection to the character. The lead detective, Lieutenant Beth Davis, has been stalked herself. That is about all that the series will reveal to viewers, as she is a very guarded and seemingly cold person.
Davis butts heads with newcomer Detective Jack Larson, a former playboy and detached father. Both seem to have hidden sides which will make viewers coming back to see how their stories unfold.
So far, Stalker has no shortcomings, other than the fact that the female detectives can get away with wearing six-inch heels on the job, a common misconception that Hollywood continuously gets away with. The show opens viewers up to a new kind of crime drama with enough similarities to other series that it will be enjoyable to fans of the genre. Still, “Stalker” takes twists and turns able to leave even the most cultured crime solvers stumped.
New episodes of “Stalker” premier Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on CB