Eywitness: An intense thriller featuring a teen gay love story about coming to terms with yourself and your past.
In a Nutshell
Eyewitness follows the events after two teenage boys meet up in a cabin and witness a murder. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent about it. However, they realize that what has been seen cannot be unseen, and that it’s not possible to run forever.
Meet the Characters
Philip is one of the main characters of Eyewitness. He is adopted by Helen and Gabe after his mother loses custody due to her problems with drugs. Philip is a quiet, yet sweet guy, and it’s implied that he has trouble making friends. He is way more open about being openly gay, and so he’s the one who’s willing to confess about witnessing the murder. Philip also has a passion for photography.
Lukas is the other main character of the series. Unlike Philp, Lukas doesn’t like showing his feelings, especially not towards other men. He worries about what other people might say, so he pretends to be straight while keeping his relationship with Philip a secret. He has a passion for bikes and motocross. He lost his mother when he was six, and he leaves with his cold and conservative father.
Helen is a sheriff who suffers from PTSD due to a traumatic experience from her previous job. She becomes obsessed with the murder of the cabin to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself. This results in her not paying much attention to her family life. However, Helen proves to put a lot of effort to earn Philip’s trust. It’s also clear that she’s deeply in love with her husband, even if she doesn’t show it as often as he does.
Gabe is Helen’s wife and Philip’s adoptive father. He works as a veterinarian, and loves going out to sea to relax. In fact, Gabe is seen as a much more relaxed, laid-back person in comparison to Helen. He’s constantly making sure that Philip is comfortable with them, and is not afraid to call out Helen whenever she pressures him too much. He’s also very loving, and accepting of Philip and his sexual preferences.
A Brief History of Eyewitness: The When, Where and How
Eyewitness is an American drama-thriller television series based upon the Norwegian series Øyevitne. The series was given a straight-to-series order in January 2016. Eyewitness premiered on USA Network on October 16th, 2016, with 10 episodes. It has yet to be renewed for a second season.
Why It’s Awesome
There’s two things a drama/thriller series needs to do right: make the viewers care about the characters’ safety, and give a real sense of danger. Eyewitness manages to do both perfectly.
Gay relationships on TV are not as rare as they used to be, but they’re still worth a mention, especially when they’re well-done. Sure, Eyewitness has some clichés (fear of coming out, homophobic father…), but it’s framed in a realistic, positive way. Both actors have a lot of chemistry, and it’s always fun (and diabetes-inducing) to see their scenes together. The series doesn’t focus solely on the kids, though. One of the best, most surprising aspects of the show is the focus on the character of Helen. Seeing her overcome her inner struggles is almost as nerve-wrecking as the scenes in which the killer is onto them. Speaking of whom, everything about the murderer is portrayed accurately, especially a psychopath’s tendency to manipulate, while also being capable of fear, and even love.
Eyewitness is a good (and quick) series to watch if you’re looking for something exciting, but there’s something else that makes it extra good. The story has an overarching theme that ties perfectly with every character in a different way. It’s hard to explain this in detail without giving things away, but Eyewitness does everything it can to drive the point home: You cannot change your past, or who you really are. You cannot run away from it either. You’ve got to accept it, embrace it, and make the best of it to keep moving forward.