Why I’m Not Watching Backstrom

BackstromI had every intention of watching and reviewing Backstrom, but I’ll be honest with you: I couldn’t make it past the first ten minutes. And I was excited about this show at first – I love Nordic mysteries, and this adaptation is from Hart Hanson, the showrunner of Bones, which I’ve loved for years. I knew that the premise involved an unlikeable character, but that’s not necessarily a problem for me if the show has other things to recommend it.

But the first ten minutes of Backstrom involved so many racist, sexist, and homophobic lines that I couldn’t make myself keep watching. Many shows have offensive lines and plots and characters; whether this makes them not worth watching is always a complicated personal calculus. And to be fair, in Sarah’s review at Give Me My Remote, she says that the offensive elements are toned down in future episodes, and I’m happy to hear that. But I’m so sick of these kinds of “jokes,” and there are so many other things to read and watch, that I just can’t bring myself to reward this show by investing more time in it.

Backstrom Clips: Dragon Slayer (Pilot)

BackstromThe first episode of Backstrom finally airs on Thursday on FOX, and we’ve got a few clips from the pilot! Is anyone excited about this one? I usually love mysteries in general and Nordic mysteries in particular, but I am just . . . not feeling this. At all. I get that the character is supposed to be unlikeable, and that’s fine, but if that’s the case the audience needs another reason to get invested, and I’m not seeing that so far. (And the various offensive jokes just in these few clips don’t help.) Maybe it will be better as a whole? Maybe?



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Austin Butler, Amy Gumenick, and Nolan Funk have joined Arrow, while Dominic Purcell will appear on The Flash.

Ben Hollingsworth will recur on Backstrom.

Greg Berlanti is working on a Supergirl show.

ABC has a series adaptation of Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress in development. (This isn’t related to the Da Vinci Code books – he wrote it earlier.)

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Frazer Hines, the Doctor Who actor who partially inspired the Outlander books, will guest star on the Outlander show. Nifty!

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Bernadette Peters will appear on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

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Raza Jaffrey will guest star as Joan’s boyfriend on Elementary.

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The Vampire Diaries has cast Chris Wood, Emily C. Chang, Marco James, Jayson Warner Smith, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe.

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Raymond J. Barry will recur on The 100.

Backstrom has cast Robert Forster as the main character’s father.

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Heather Lind will guest star on Sleepy Hollow as an old flame of Ichabod’s.

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Trailer: Backstrom

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Elisabeth Rohm and Neve Campbell have joined TNT’s Guilt by Association pilot.

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