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With an utterly unique setting and appealing actors, this drama intrigues, but it has so many subplots and side characters that keeping it all straight requires patience.
There's no sense of spirit in these characters, and the just-sufficient fascination of the entire operation is owed almost exclusively to the cast, with special nods to Donovan, Strickland, and the indomitable Rossellini.
It would help if, in the early episodes, Shut Eye would make more clear what tone it wants to take: hard-boiled action, lighthearted caper, dark drama with some fantastical elements.
Shut Eye has plenty to offer its audience, but it struggles early on to find exactly what the focus of the series should be. Still, Jeffrey Donovan is reason enough to watch the series through to the end.
Shut Eye could eventually pay out; the cards for the last six episodes are still face down. But to find out, you'd have to walk through that door.
I had a couple, "This is a good, different world for a TV show" moments, before Shut Eye too often left the unique behind for a more conventional con man story and stale cable boundary-pushing on sex and violence and exhausted-looking antiheroes.
Audience Reviews for Shut Eye: Season 1
From Hulu comes the fresh and exciting dramatic crime series Shut Eye. Season 1 follows husband and wife con artists Charlie and Lina Haverford who work for a gypsy syndicate that runs the psychic racket in Los Angeles, but everything changes when Charlie receives a head injury that causes him to start having visions and gains a client that could help him break free of gypsy control. Starring Jeffrey Donovan, Angus Sampson, David Zayas, and Emmanuelle Chriqui, the show features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And, the writers do a good job at developing story-arcs and explaining how the cons work. However, they don't seem to know quite what to do with Charlie's visions, which are kind of like existential premonitions without clear shape or definition. Also, there are occasional usages of sex and curse language that don't fit the overall tone of the series. Shut Eye has some rough edges, but it delivers a solid first season.
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