Debuting tomorrow, Hulu’s Shut Eye is a bit of a snooze — to put it mildly. Despite a heart-pumping opening and some not-insignificant talent in Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan and Isabella Rossellini, the 10-episode drama series created by Les Bohem about the scams and tribulations of L.A. storefront psychics and the Roma racket that runs the game and the cards flounders fast.
Even with a great premise of what is really going on behind those neon storefronts all over Los Angeles, Shut Eye goes round and round in a narrative cul-de-sac. A trip of crime, hustle, conflict, looking for a big whale to fleece and some ultra-violence is not helped by the gimmick of sorts of Donovan’s failed magician and now spiritual scammer Charlie Haverford taking a hit to the head that may actually give him real psychic abilities – or not.
As I say in my video review above, even the juice and sugar that Dexter’s David Zayas provides as Charlie’s gangster client doesn’t stay sweet for long in this confused tale. A tale that Hulu is launching all at once, unlike its more common strategy of dropping new episodes weekly.
Click on my Shut Eye review for more on my take, and tell us, without lighting any candles or looking at any palms, what you think from what you’ve seen.