The event that brings the cast of Harper’s Island together is a wedding at the island of the show’s title. The same island where a series of murders had been committed seven years earlier and gone unsolved. And when more people start dropping dead, the accusations begin, and the mystery intensifies.
Building up its tension extremely effectively episode after episode, and benefiting from the lack of star names--along with actors who were primarily getting their scripts on a week-by-week basis--Harper’s Island emerges as a terrific, engaging season of television drama. It’s inevitably a dish best served as cold as possible, and it does in truth borrow conventions and ideas set down by one or two previous shows. But heck, it works very effectively here, and is the kind of show where once one disc is finished, the next gets swiftly thrown into the DVD player. A cracking, and complex, whodunit… --Jon Foster