Painkiller Jane

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Syfy (ended 2007)

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Painkiller Jane
7.6
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Kristanna Loken stars as Jane Vasco, a DEA agent who discovers that she has the ability to heal rapidly from any injury. She is recruited by a secret government agency that tracks down genetically enhanced individuals – Neuros.

Painkiller Jane is based on the Event Comics series created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada.
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An enjoyable show for laid back viewers.

    8.0
    If you are the type of personal who turns to professional critics when wondering which new shows to watch, this is not a show for you. If you are the type of person who turns to friends and peers, then this might be a show for you.



    It is far from perfect but it still gets a close to perfect mark from me due to the amount of action and entertainment value, not to mention the smart-alics and sarcasm. All the main characters, Jane, Maureen, Andre, Riley, Connor, and Seth, are very lovable. Not only in spite of, but perhaps due to their faults. This team of highly trained agents is surprisingly flawed but surprisingly effective. They have learned to work together and not only tolerate, but accept each other. The show has established the team and friendship very well, only now they need to work on the individual characters. "Trial by Fire" is an improvement, being somewhat of a Connor episode. With a few more they will be on their way.moreless
  • Why did i watch that? PAINfully i persisted..but i can watch no more..

    3.0
    Sorry i will have to be negative on this one. Painkiller Jane is just plain stupid.

    How annoying when Jane does so much commentary at the beginning of each show. I just don't understand the idea of these people "neuros" being locked away because they are different,with the possibility they may commit a crime some day. How did the team survive before Jane. Capturing neuros would mean that Jane should have been locked away. Why didn't they lock her up because she was different? The title of this series alone is killing me. The acting all round is bad. Jane should lose the attempt at the posh pout or as i would call it, "the don't i look stupid pout" Anyway,i have seen many episodes so i have been fair and my criticisms are based on the pain i received from watching this series. Goodbye Painkiller Jane and team.moreless
  • After a rough start Painkiller Jane found it's way and became a decent show. With nothing but a host of c grade actors Kristina Lokken being the most well known. The show had everything against it and the writers had some trouble findingmoreless

    8.5
    After a rough start Painkiller Jane found it's way and became a decent show. With nothing but a host of c grade actors Kristina Lokken being the most well known. The show had everything against it and the writers had some trouble finding their way. Although most of us stuck around an hour to get us through to Stargate Atlantis and a very smart move by the programming directors at scifi. Pretty standard scifi show each week our hero's go after the monster of the week and Kristina did her best to be the resident hottie. The stories took shape around episode four and we really started to identify with the characters and the world they were immersed in. Sadly after an abysmal start not enough people were left to bring the show back. Lots of folks missed out on this nice lead in due to a bad premiere. The show left off on a new direction it was about to take but we'll never know. Good news is the show is on dvd and I would suggest adding it to your collection it's worth the twenty-two or hours we were given.moreless
  • This Show was based on the comic book "Painkiller Jane"

    10
    Kristina Loken Played Jane. The Show was quite Intertaining I think it should be brought back ..... I know a lot of people that were disapointed When they found out it was canceled .... it was a great tv seires with good actors and a great story line that left you wanting more every single time you watched it , and I beleave that it would have been a very much watched show with the age group of 18 - 29. It need to come back on Sci - Fi or at least show reruns of the Episodes that did air.moreless
  • Painkiller Jane recovered from a mediocre pilot to become an entertaining action show with a surprisingly introspective and vulnerable character at its heart. Unfortunately, sloppy writing in the final episodes diminished its impact.moreless

    7.2
    Like many others, I was extremely disappointed with the pilot episode. I wasn't sure what the point was and I didn't find the story interesting. The episode introduced Jane Vasco, a DEA agent who is recruited into a super-secret government group that tracks humans with a genetic mutation, who are called neuros. I didn't even pay attention to much of the episode. However, I felt that I should continue to give the show a chance. I did. I watched the second episode and I was disappointed again. I became highly critical of this show and I was on the verge of writing it off completely, but I still felt that I should watch a few more episodes before dropping it.



    So I watched the third episode, "Catch Me If You Can." And I was stunned. Was this the same show that almost put me to sleep in the first two episodes? This episode managed to be an outstanding action-oriented episode with a sad story at its heart. What made this episode so good? A suspense-filled story. Less of a focus on Jane's powers as an excuse to show off the special effects budget, and more of a focus on Jane's personality and inner conflicts. A better use of Jane's powers in the context of the story. A tragic villain. A few surprises in the climactic battle. Despite the sci-fi elements (a neuro who could see the future), the story was thoroughly grounded in realistic human characters. A superb episode.



    The next episode was another quality stand-alone story. Then another very good episode. The show was really picking up steam. And then "Higher Court" aired. This was another high point for the series. The action was cranked up for this one, particularly in a scene where one of the agents believes that the headquarters is under attack. He goes on a shooting rampage against the imaginary attackers, not realizing that he is the person who is endangering his colleagues and friends. Jane uses her powers in a very unusual manner in this episode, something that I didn't see coming. The visual effects were pretty nifty too.



    While the show doesn't have the deep mythology of a Battlestar Galactica or a Lost, sometimes it's good to have a change of pace. The focus is on the identity crisis of the title character, the action and suspense, and the stories of the neuro that the team is dealing with in that particular episode. In that sense, it bears some similarity to police shows that focus on a different criminal each week. Unlike police shows, there are a few sci-fi elements... but no aliens.



    The true nature of the neuros hasn't been explained. Jane's healing powers haven't been explained either. This leads to a lot of the self-doubt that Jane feels. It's this self-doubt and introspection that lift the show above the usual police investigation/action hero-type shows. Jane may be nearly invincible physically, but she is far from invincible mentally and emotionally. This inner torment makes Jane a human character, not a cartoonish superhero.



    The show focuses on a small group of main characters and it doesn't try to tackle the big issues of the day. Instead, it focuses on a philosophical woman with great physical powers and throws quite of bit of action into the mix. The episodes are by and large self-contained stories. It's not necessary to see every single previous episode to enjoy the current episode.



    Though I'm not tempted to write a treatise at the end of each episode like I am with some other shows, I know one thing. For every episode I've seen (except for the first two), I know that I've enjoyed the story and the characters. I realize that I simply like the show. Sometimes that's enough. At least it should be.



    EDIT-Plot inconsistencies and sloppy directing in some of the final episodes have led me to reconsider my rating for the show. I now rate it a 7.2. (I tried to change the rating associated with this review, but the system wouldn't let me.)moreless
  • SCI-FI CHANNEL'S FRESHMAN ACTION SHOW WON'T BE BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON; 22-EPISODE SEASON WILL AIR AS PLANNED.

    Painkiller Jane put down

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