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The new Syfy series Ghost Wars centers on Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia, Twisted) who lives in a remote Alaskan town. Far from being the popular guy in town, Mercer decides to move away to a bigger city. He hopes he will blend in better and not be stared at because he is the son of a psychic. Meanwhile, his mother is not the only psychic in town, Mercer himself is also psychic and can see and talk to ghosts.

His trip to the big city, however, is cut short. The bus he’s on crashes, killing everyone inside, except for himself. Mercer believes it’s the work of a disgruntled ghost, but when he goes to the police with his story they initially dismiss his theory.

Soon, however, more strange events start to happen around town. People are dying left and right, or are seeing strange things other people can’t see. Quickly Mercer learns there is indeed one or more disgruntled ghost in town that has unfinished business. Due to its inability to move on, it lashes out.

Where the little remote Alaskan town first wholeheartedly disliked Mercer, they are now dependent on his gift to stop people from dying. Aided by the recent victims, Mercer will have to overcome all his personal demons to get a better grip on his repressed psychic powers and save the entire town.

 

 

Ghost Wars is a drama with a few horrific images scattered in the pilot. Some of the deaths or near-deaths are nightmare inducing. The horror in Ghost Wars is more based on the psychological side of the deaths, rather than extreme graphical details. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t shots that are unpleasant to see. Basically, fainthearted people should proceed with caution.

Apart from a healthy dose of horror, Ghost Wars also has a big serving of mystery. Along with Mercer, the viewers will discover who is haunting the town and why. Although the series is likely not going to be a big breakout series, it was entertaining to watch. The most important factors in series like these (acting, CGI, story) all look to be up to standards.

All in all, Ghost Wars might not be the perfect series to wind down with after a day at work due to its scary nature, but it will entertain you. If you’re up for some horror, but mostly drama and mystery than Ghost Wars is the series for you.

Ghost Wars airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on Syfy.

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