TV Show Reviews
of Summer" review by Suzanne
Tuesdays, 9/8c on Freeform
I usually like summer teen shows, but this one is not all
that great. For one thing, the acting is not very good
among some of the younger actors. For another thing, the
characters are all just stereotype teens with no particular
flair or interest. Perhaps casting could have been better. I
was very surprised to learn that this was created by the
people who made "Once Upon a Time," one of my favorite
shows. It's sure not as good as that one.
Part of the problem is that we already have the really
good teen horror show "Scream" on MTV, and the farcical
"Scream Queens" on FOX. Not to mention shows like "Pretty
Little Liars." I don't think this one is really needed or
all that original. It just seems like a bad spoof of all of
those teen camp horror movies, but it's not a comedy.
Pardon the pun, but it's Dead Serious.
The basic story is not bad, but it just seems poorly
executed and it could be more original. I found some of the
back-and-forth between the past and present a bit confusing,
too. A funereal-looking black man (Tony Todd, "The
Candyman") is attacked by an angry mob as he plays the piano
in a little cabin by the lake. He apparently killed lots of
young people that are dead in the lake. Then we see
the present where the camp is being opened up in 1989 as a
summer camp, after years of being closed. The woman who runs
the camp, Deb (played by veteran actress Elizabeth Mitchell,
who deserves better thant his dreck) used to go to this
camp, as did most of the young camp counselors.
They're all very young but out of high school, apparently.
Deb hides some kind of secret. So does almost everyone on
the show. That's tiresome.
The lead girl on the show is Amy, played by Elizabeth
Lail. She's the "new girl" to the group and we see a lot of
her checkered high school past in the first episode. I
think I would like the actors better if their characters
were a bit more fleshed out, but I'm not sure... They have
the Smooth Guy, the Dumb Italian, the Mopey Boy (who's
really a girl), the Hot Girl ad nauseum.
There's a lost of action. It's certainly a supernatural
show because there are ghosts who come and go, and someone
dies, and a fire starts out of nowhere. I hope you
enjoy your summer better than the people in this show do.
Don't bother with it.
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