Monday, September 19, 2011

Pilot Review: Ringer

I was planning on rewatching Ringer before reviewing it, but I just don't have that kind of time at the moment, so bear with me if I miss anything.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on tv playing duel roles as Siobhan and Bridget, twins who lost touch for six years. Bridget is now a recovering alcoholic, ex-stripper, and the only witness to a crime of which she is supposed to testify. Siobhan is a married socialite with a step daughter and a man on the side, who is her best friend's husband. Confused yet? The show kind of drops you into the story without explaining much, which I actually kind of enjoy.

The best thing about the show is watching SMG play both roles. She really inhabits both well and you can definitely tell which sister is on screen. She also makes Bridget, who initially is probably the sister that is the bad sister, super likable and relatable. The best is Bridget pretending to be Siobhan. It must be a hard thing to play a character who is pretending to be someone else. I have no idea how one would keep that straight.

I think the show has a ton of potential. There are a few surprises in the pilot that I guessed and a couple that I did not guess. As long as the show keeps giving some answers while also keeping questions open, I think it could be an interesting show to watch. I am also guessing that it will get a lot of viewers based solely on Sarah Michelle Gellar. I would like to give a big shoutout to the secondary characters, too. Ioan Gruffudd is perfectly cast as Siobhan's husband and I really like Mike Colter as Bridget's AA sponser. I think both those relationships have great potential for growth. I'm not sold on the best friend/affair storyline. This is definitely going on my DVR record list.

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