Ringer Review : Between A Rock and A hard Place
It is always good to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on the small screen again. As a devout Buffy fan I had some expectations but giving that it was the CW I also knew what limitations of awesome I should expect.
We are introduced to Bridget the screw up twin in an NA meeting flirting with her sponsor and her FBI firend agent Victor Machado shows up played by lost‘s Nestor Carbonell (having him back is also a good thing) and we right away know Bridget is in witness protection to testify in a murder case against this bad man( who looks scary ….seriously!chainsaw massacre scary). Right off the bat I felt some extra intrest from agent Victor Machado towards Bridget or maybe I am reading into things….I am not.
Bridget escapes and goes to visit her rigid white and beige wearing twin sister Siobhan( who has a large self portrait in her house and has a massive mirror she keeps staring at herself into). I did not like her one bit and that goes to show what a great job Sarah Michelle Gellar is doing that I like one and I hate the other.They discuss the death of “Sean” who died because of Bridget and left her sister devastated, later we find out it was Siobhan’s son (probably 2 or 3 years old). They afterwards take a boat ride ….now let’s discuss THAT!
I don’t know much about cameras or how things work out on a set but the scene on the speed boat was the most fake scene ever, It was as if I was watching a 70s cop show…I mean how hard is it to shoot on an actual boat ..(nod to having Bridget’s reflection on Siobhan’s sunglasses but still the scene sucked ).Another thing I found puzzling is Bridget took a nap on the boat…who does that?! it was integral to the story but still seemed very odd.
After her sister’s alleged suicide Bridget takes over her sister’s life. Now all the details of the pilot episode seem rushed and fuzzy but I think that happened to give the audience the same feeling of confusion that Bridget must be feeling and they wanted to get how the story happens out of the way quickly to start the actual story. The husband Andrew Martain played by the awesome Ioan Gruffudd is back from London and right away Bridget picks up on the resentment he holds for Siobhan which conjures up a hint of a smile…sibling rivalry never gets old. (nice job Gellar!).
Later we meet Siobhan’s best fiend Gemma played by Tara Summers who is a typical best friend personality but it still works. At the charity Bridget wears red , which is not a habit of Siobhon’s, and we discover that Siobhon deserves the cold treatment she gets from her husband because she is cheating on him with her best friend Gemma’s husband Henry played by Kristoffer Polaha . As Bridget is getting a first look at what a horrible person her sister is, she offers a truce to Andrew (Siobhan’s husband) in what is probably one of the best scenes in the episode and is met with rejection and distrust… looks like Siobhan did a number on the poor fella.
The FBI agent questions Bridget as Siobhan about Bridget….that was confusing. the bottom line is agent Victor Machado is not giving up anytime soon and neither is the fresh out of jail bad man she pissed. To top that we discover Siobhan is pregnant and now Bridget has to act pregnant. I really feel sorry for both Bridget and Andrew they are both Siobhan’s victims …maybe that will bring them closer.
Finally,we discover Siobhan’s life is as dangerous as Bridget’s. Someone wants wants both of them dead for different reasons. A tangled web of murder,betrayal and deceit sucks Bridget in.
I really liked it, there are bound to be some haters but enjoy the show for what it is. The cast is amazing, I never liked all the characters after a pilot episode like i did in this one. There were some lame moments and gaps in telling the story but it was still good. I will be coming back to watch next week for sure.
Posted on September 17, 2011, in TV and tagged bridget, CW, ioan gruffudd, kristoffer polaha, nestor carbonell, pilot, ringer, sarah michelle gellar, siobhan, tara summers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.