Discovering a new TV show can be a hit or miss situation. Sometimes it’s really good and other times, not so much. One of my more recent discoveries is IMDB TV’s Almost Paradise, a story that’s really not what I expect.
Almost Paradise, Season One (2020) TV Show Review
Years of his life have been dedicated to the DEA. So many years that it’s cost Alex Walker (Christian Kane) more than he gains in his career. Now, months after being left for dead by his partner, whom he thought he could trust, Alex has some health challenges and so he buys a gift shop and moves to what he expects to be a relaxing Filipino island. Trouble is, shortly after his arrival, he spots what he thinks is a dangerous situation and he saves Kai (Samantha Richelle), a women he observes is about to be killed. What Alex doesn’t know is Kai is actually a cop working on an undercover op.
This one mistake pulls Alex into their case and complicates everything when someone tries to murder him. This forces him to work with Kai and her partner, Ernesto Alamares (Arthur Acuña), all in an effort to stop a bomb!‘ALMOST PARADISE,’ SEASON ONE: A FUN ISLAND CRIME DRAMA #TVSHOW #CHRISTIANKANE #GOODTV #ALMOSTPARADISE #AMAZONPRIME #IMDBTV Click To Tweet
Comprised of 10 episodes, this is one of those “too short” of a season shows, but it’s also a good group that drops breadcrumbs that leads to full circle storytelling. It’s actually kind of bittersweet how the show ends. The writer’s allow Alex to make some peace and that’s a good way to end. As of now, there’s no official second season, but there’s rumors, so let’s hope it happens, because, yes, Almost Paradise is pretty dang good.
Creator Dean Devlin will be a familiar name to those that like Leverage. Of course, Christian Kane is also a familiar face as he’s one of the five stars of the TV series. Like Leverage, this show has a more light-hearted approach to the crime drama genre. It’s funny and Kane again turns in a great performance. The rest of the case it more unknown, and in particular I’m impressed with Samantha Richelle (this is her first big role). Everything really is good and I enjoy the usual ups and downs in the relationships.
If you don’t really like the genre, this isn’t a show for you. But if you like other things similar to this, you may find this fun. The setting is pretty and interesting and the stories are all pretty attention grabbing, too.
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You can find Almost Paradise, season one digitally on Amazon Video with the IMDB TV app
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Content: There’s violence throughout because that’s part of the show [it doesn’t ever become graphic in my opinion]. Bad guys try to strangle people, there’s guns and other combat (hand to hand). There may be some innuendo here and there. Some profanity, too. The show is TV-PG.
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