Tin Star (tv show)

TIN STAR

DETAILS:
Stars: Tim RothSarah PodemskiChristina Hendricks 
Original Network: Sky Atlantic
Original Release: March 21, 2004 – August 27, 2006

Worth it?  Yes, this is a mandatory series everyone should watch..

STORYLINE

Crime drama set in a mountain town overrun by migrant oil workers.

REVIEW

I really really wanted to like the show, but they just couldn’t get it to work. I will try and avoid any spoilers (which means you won’t get much about the story here).

Tin Star is set in Canada, a former London cop named Jim Worth with a mysterious background who also has an alcohol problem (and a violence problem when he is drinking) moves to Canada to become a small town chief of police. There big oil is moving into the area causing problems along with some problems coming back from London to haunt Jim, resulting in big tragedy.

The actors/actresses are great. You have Tim Roth (Lie to Me, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Christopher Heyerdahl (Stargate, Van Helsing, many other tv shows) all of whom want to do a good job and they have all proven in the past that they are capable.

The issues of the series are the writing and editing/directing. They take the characters too far, make them unbelievable, the situation with Jim Worth is especially unbelievable (not his history, rather that they don’t sack him in the third episode let alone later), and they totally don’t use Hendricks or Heyerdahl at all to their advantage.

All that being said, the editing/direction was way worse. The first several episodes keeps jumping back and forth in time, makes it a bit confusing and doesn’t bring anything to the story. When in doubt, tell the story linearly, the whole back and forth just annoys viewers.

Pros: The actors really were trying.

Cons: Editing, directing, just the whole plot.

Don’t watch it, I definitely won’t catch a season 2 if it happens.

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