Whistler, new summer TV series reviewed

This post is part of the meta-post My Second Life or how we are creating a new generation of Otakus. This post contains the initial review of the new summer TV series Whistler.

This is a new summer teen drama show on CTV. It starts out like another OC clone. For the moment, it’s interesting to see a Canadian drama filmed in Whistler. Nicholas Lea plains a different role from his usual, he plays the father of a deceased pro snowboarder.


The family tries to cope with the recent death of their prodigal son whilst the brother discovers that the snowboarder was being blackmailed. This is the story of this. I find it annoying how much music is played in these shows, if I wanted to listen to music, I’d listen to the radio not a TV show. It is symptomatic, the slow-motion shots of the family grieving and etc.


This is slowly into a murder mystery, with themes reminiscing of Twin Peaks, though nowhere near as complex. Murder, sex and snow. There are quite a few interesting themes developed in this series. Nothing earth shattering, but still intriguing. I am in the 3rd episode right now and it’s still grabbing my attention. I am surprised though that this show is Canadian.

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4 thoughts on “Whistler, new summer TV series reviewed”

  1. It is wonderful to see Nick Lea as someone more complex than being the “bad” guy. He is playing the father, Ethan MacKay, with a lot of heart.

    I also find the music intrusive and really hope the pace of the episodes gets more active, sometimes the slowness is almost painful.

    I am not a fan of soaps type shows and tuned in on this one to see Nick Lea. Maybe I am naive, but I truly hope some adult character ends up being a “good” person without a shady past or a messed up love life. The kids on this show are all rather whiny, maybe the MacKay son will turn out to be heroic and strong.

  2. I’ve been a fan of his since the “Once a Thief” shows. He was really good in X-Files. I have to agree with you that the music is quite intrusive and I hope they cut down on those, but this is symptomatic for shows like these.

    I have watched all 5 episodes and I am still intrigued, so we will se how it goes in the next few episodes.

    Welcome to The Memoirs, Ida.

  3. I agree with both of you on the music as being a little annoying. The pacing is rather slow so I walk out on a lot of it, exept when Nick Lea (yeah!) is on. I have no serious complaints about “Whistler” as long as I get to see NIck at least once a week.

  4. Cheers then,

    It definitely has a tinge of Twin Peaks about it, which I really enjoyed. Last episode cleared up a lot of questions, I wonder what else we will learn.

    Welcome to The Memoirs Francine!

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