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River on Netflix

"River" review by Eva Diaz  11/21/15
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I like to watch detective shows, so I ws excited to see "River" that started airing on Netflix November 18. It's the story of Detective John River (Stellan Skarsgård),  who struggles to deal with the trauma of watching his partner Jackie "Stevie" Stevenson (Nicola Walker) be murdered before his eyes.  River goes into therapy, even though he doesn't want to - if he doesn't get therapy, he'll be fired from his job.  Detective River sees the ghost of Stevie, and she helps him solve his cases.  Detective River also sees ghosts of the people whose murders he is trying to solve, and they also give him clues to the murderer. 

This show reminds me of the now canceled show "Perception" on TNT, although Skarsgard is not as energetic or handsome as "Perception"'s Eric McCormack.  It's very good very well written; although, at times it is hard to tell when Detective River is seeing a ghost or when he is talking to a real person (That makes it different from "Perception" since we knew that he was schizophrenic and his visions were not ghosts).  I like the show because it mixes humor with drama, so it becomes kind of quirky.  However, at times it moves slowly; I wish it was a bit more fast-paced. The show has 6 episodes and is on Netflix now. Overall, I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because / there is room for improvement. If you like shows like "Perception," you will probably enjoy this show.  

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