Yikes! This pilot is all over the place. I kept checking the episode number to make sure I wasn’t actually watching episode #12, because the plotting of this seriously had the sort of busyness I’d expect from the mid-point of a show - - not the beginning. Look, I’m all for starting things in media res and hitting high gear as soon as possible, but you’ve got to give your characters at least some introduction.
Perhaps this show’s just taking for granted that I’m familiar with all the tropes its playing with or the shows its alluding to. In the chaos, I picked up on premise that I was quite interested in - - anti-social high school delinquents kicking the crap out of ghouls and ghosts. That’d make this seem like an edgier, older-skewing YU YU HAKUSHO, and perhaps that’s exactly the intention. Perhaps this is riffing on a whole host of other shows, and I’m just not catching the references?
Again, I’m kind of at a loss over what to comment on here. A lot of cool shit happened, but I was never quite clear on how it was all connecting together. I really hate to be the lame-o asking for everybody to slow down and offer explanations, but this really seemed like some sugar-pumped kid cannonballing into a ball pit before he’s said “Hi” to anybody at the birthday party. Certainly, I can appreciate the enthusiasm and the youthful haste - - but you’ve still got to take two minutes to get few thing squared before you get to the fun stuff.
If anything, this pilot goes to show that there's excess in any positive quality of storytelling. A quickly-paced, jugular-grabbing opener can very easily feel rushed and overstuffed if the creative people get too carried away.
Watch this episode, "Moment of the Demonic Encounter" here and decide for yourself.