Harrow–Pilot (Actus Reus)

The job of a pilot is to establish a show’s premise and characters and set up story arcs for the season. I felt that the pilot of Harrow pulled this off beautifully, even if it did so slowly.

The episode starts with an unknown figure pouring concrete over a body and disposing it in the river, followed by the opening credits and then cutting to titular character, Dr Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd), watching High Noon avoiding his obligation to do an autopsy on a clown still in full make-up. While this quick and seemingly random transition seemed clunky, the following moments made up for it by displaying both Harrow’s personality and unique intelligence, and why he’s such a good pathologist.

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  • Interesting that they had to chip the concrete away from the bones. If the body was ‘fresh’ when placed in the sleeping bag then the flesh would have decayed long after the concrete had set, leaving the bones to rattle around in the resulting cavity.

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