Kirby works at Tis he Chicago Sun-Times— the show makes wonderful use of the Windy City — and there she partners with an alcoholic journalist named Dan Velasquez (Wagner Moura) to try to figure out if the man who attacked her is the same one who killed the local girl. As they put the case together, they begin to discover things that make no physical sense, such as one victim’s item found in the victim’s body years ago. How about a matchbox found in Kirby from a place that doesn’t exist…yet. It turns out that Harper doesn’t play by the rules of time and space, and his next victim, Jin-Sook (Philip Su), may not be able to stop the future he’s already seen.
The Shining Girls is a thematic treasure trove in how it reveals the reality-shifted impact of trauma, and Moss is more than capable of pulling off a challenging role like this. At first I found her acting a little too campy, but she seems to be adjusting to the intensity as Kirby becomes more confident that she’s not just going crazy. Moss is simply one of the finest actresses of her generation, the kind of performer who can sell an idea as extravagant as this one. It is skillfully balanced by Jamie Bell, who does one of the best jobs of his career in a truly menacing, terrifying performance. Harper is a serial killer who doesn’t hide in the shadows – he openly hunts down his victims with a confidence bordering on Christian Bale in American Psycho. There is something frightening about his choice of accent and almost charming speech. Stalkers and abusers can sometimes feel like they are in control of the world. It really is.
If there’s a problem with The Shining Girls, and it’s a pretty big problem, then it’s another one of those projects that I wish I had done ten years ago as a feature film. It has a lot of great ideas and two brilliant executions, but too little reason to be an episodic series, and it seems like most of the storytelling happens in the first few episodes, with the writers spinning the wheels when they need to hit. the earth is running. It’s what would undoubtedly have been a blockbuster thriller two decades ago, and while it may get more attention as The Prestige TV, it fails to completely fill the season, leading to some drag and repetition, two things that kill anyone. thriller.