A Review: Stitchers

With crime dramas ranging from How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal to Law and Order and Criminal Minds being favorites of young adults everywhere, it is no surprise that Freeform’s original series, Stitchers, has become quite popular among viewers.


    Stitchers follows the life of Kirsten Clark, played by Emma Ishta, who is a Cal Tech student that has recently been recruited to join a covert government agency to help investigate murder cases. However, this show doesn’t just follow agents around as they find clues and track down suspects. Instead, with the help of a specialized NSA team, Kirsten is able to “stitch” into the minds of those murder in hopes of uncovering the reason for their murder and more specificially, who’s responsible. Secrets that would have otherwise gone to the grave with the victim are unearthed as the team is able to insert Kirsten’s consciousness into the exact moments before the victim was killed.


    Kirsten serves as the perfect agent to stitch due to her temporal dysplasia, a condition that prevents her from feeling the passage of time. With this special ability, she constantly feels like she is in a state of déjà vu, relying on mathematical equations and meticulous observation to determine how much time has passed. This makes her the perfect stitcher since she is able to pay attention to the tiniest of details with each new stitch. But this condition also prevents Kirsten from feeling any sort of emotion, providing a challenge in sensitive cases with strong emotional ties.


    But even with this ability, Kirsten is not able to stitch into other people’s memories on her own. Leading the secret team is Maggie Baptiste, played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield, a skilled veteran of covert operations. Although a bit rough around the edges, Maggie knows how to get the job done and cares for the well-being of her team. At the head of the stitching team is Cameron Goodkin, played by Kyle Harris, a neuroscientist with a passion for his work. He’s a lovable character with a habit of quoting movies and television shows, making him the perfect partner for Clark. 


    Although you may find yourself rooting for Cameron and Kirsten, you also can’t deny the bromance between Cameron and Linus Ahluwalia, played by Ritesh Rajan. Linus serves as the team’s bioelectrical engineer and communications technician, mapping out the pre-death memories that Kirsten stitches into. These “men of science” provide the humor of the show, making you appreciate their dorky friendship. Another member of the team is Kirsten’s roommate Camille Engelson, played by Allison Scagliotti. If that name sounds a bit familiar to you, it’s because you may have seen her as Mindy Crenshaw on Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh. In this role, Scagliotti provides the same sass and sarcasm as a gifted computer science grad student who’s job is to recruit Kirsten to the team. Once she is able to recruit Kirsten, she also joins as the team due to her computer hacking abilities. Rounding out the team is Detective Quincy Fisher, played by Damon Dayoub. Although originally a member of the LAPD, Fisher is recruited to the team after crossing paths with Kirsten on an investigation.


    While Kirsten is busy stitching from one case to another, she somehow also finds time to investigate the murder of Ed Clark, a friend of her father, who looked after her since she was a child. Through ups and downs and a few dead ends, Kirsten discovers that some murders aren’t as easy to solve as the ones she’s been stitching into.


    Despite Freeform’s reputation of introducing new shows each season, only to cut them after a few episodes, Stitchers provides exactly what viewers are looking for. If you’re the type who finds themselves glued to the screen trying to solve the murder along with the characters, you’ll love the twists and turns provided with each new stitch. On the other hand, if you find yourself drawn to relationships among characters, the budding emotions between Cameron and Kirsten will have you rooting for a romance between the two. Although the men of the show boast about their bromance, the relationship between the women on this show is inspiring as it transforms over time. Even though each of them is powerful on their own, seeing them come together is even better. The team truly develops a sense of togetherness that will draw you in week after week.


Catch up on both season one and two of Stitchers before the season finale on their Freeform page here.

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Mika Matias