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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ringer review

Last night started the new TV season. Caitie and I watched "Ringer" and we were both pleasantly surprised.
I'll admit, I have no idea where this show is heading. The premise is bizarre to say the least. If I can put together what happened in the premiere: Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is the only witness to a murder. She was offered immunity from some crime she committed - something about prostitution and beating a cop I think - but is scared. She goes to visit her twin sister, Siobhan (also played by Gellar). It was clear there was some kind of problem between them that Bridget hopes they can get past. They go out on a boat and Siobhan disappears. Bridget, thinking her sister is dead, takes her place -- in her marriage, with her best friend etc. Apparently Siobhan wasn't as innocent as Bridget thought: she was having an affair with her best friend's husband and is pregnant (probably by the affair). There was something else going on with her stepdaughter, but it seemed a side plot at most. I'm sure that will be expanded upon in future episodes. Anyway, the killers are after Bridget, the police are after her to testify - and the final twist - apparently Siobhan sent a killer to get Bridget out of the way...for some reason.

As you can see - complicated plot and I'm not entirely sure I made sense out of it. But you know what? That's okay. In the TV landscape of reality shows, procedurals, and many unfunny sitcoms (oh, Modern Family, I can't WAIT for your return), some mystery and intrigue are good things. I like being a little off balance and wondering just what the heck is going on. The caveat: they BETTER resolve mysteries! There are a couple of other shows coming out this season (Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest) that seem to have that serial vibe - there are only so many serials one can keep track of at a time.

As of right now, I'll be tuning in next week for Ringer.

Grade:
Plot: A-
Characters: B (need more depth as of now, but it's only episode one)
Acting: B+ (so great to see SMG back on TV, and Richard Alpert!)

Am I coming back for more? Definitely.

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