Stitchers oscillates between embracing the premise's inherent campiness or eschewing it in favor of a more intense quasi-realism. There are other inconsistencies as well. Some of the visual effects are creepy and effective; others are laughable.
It seems more likely that little thought has gone into the series, which harks back to the days when basic cable was a safe haven for mediocrity. The dialogue and action are fast enough to keep viewers distracted, but Stitchers is less than entertaining.
Most viewers, however, will likely feel [the passage of time] acutely while wading through this tired and predictable hour, which centers on a secret program that hacks into the brains of the recently deceased to solve crimes.
Fringe meets iZombie for a meaningless summer hookup. Result: Stitchers, an ABC Family series so tonally ambivalent - satire or sincere? - that it winds up playing more as an audition tape for its various stars than an actual show.