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I might initially be excited about a pilot that promises a hostage situation on a floating capital building, and whole range of mutant powers derived by ESP (which is more-or-less what HARBINGER is, come to think of it). However, none of that matters unless there’s a clear, strong through-line guiding the action.

At first, I was digging on the creative implementations of psychic powers in the assorted action scenes. The part where the one good guy (or bad guy?) clouds the minds of his enemies and makes them think they’re dealing with their allies was quite well done. It’d be an awesome way to introduce a character - - but the ball’s fumbled rather quickly after that.

Introductions. That’s really what it comes down to. We’re thrown into various break-neck action set-pieces, and given no primer on who’s who. Maybe they would’ve done better to just focus on one of these intertwining plot threads, and given it the space to work properly. As is, I didn’t have any frame of reference to keep up with these ESPers - - just a lot of mumbo jumbo - - and never found any reason to care. I’m actually having a hard time even recounting the plot of what I watched, and I literally just watched it.

Watch "White Girl" and decide for yourself.

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 13, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.

The pilot is a flash forward an many of the manga fans were none to happy about it. The real start to the story is at episode 2. Start at 2 again an it is a series you might like. It does character introductions well enuff to understand whats going on with out dragging its feet.

But just action for action sake the pilot had tons of action well done to medium rare.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:46 p.m.

I think pulling an in medias res with the show was a bad move for this show. When you start off with villains who rock crazy power-boosting attire, that's a bit much. I think ep 2 is a nice speed to start at. I don't think we really needed a glimpse at the future.

Because of this episode, some people were turned off. I like the show, though, and I get the feeling that the creator was into American comic book characters.

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