This show could have gone wrong in so many ways,hating the protagonist was not one of them because Emily VanCamp brings it home as the young and rich Emily Thorne AKA Amanda, she is not heartless but yet hard core, you feel as if put in the same situation you could easily become that revenge seeking machine.
The show opens to the scene of a murder with a party in the background ( which I think revealed a little bit too much), it clearly shows who got killed and who is the murderer and Emily Thorne’s obvious involvement. Then flash back to 5 months ago to see how Emily infuses herself into the rich world of the Hamptons to execute her revenge. The show flashes back to her childhood and then back to 5 months ago from the present to show why she needs that revenge.
The plot is interesting, a girl seeking revenge for her father who was framed by the Grayson family (a prominent family with a crazy beautiful house),arrested and later died an innocent man. I would watch a story like that especially on ABC they offer a level of intensity to their dramas (think Grey’s Anatomy in its glory days). The problem is that there were unnecessary unconvincing moment that made an otherwise winning formula a little bit off.
The cast amazing,it really holds up well.It’s the directing and writing I have an issue with. I think the problem is her age if she was a teenager when her dad was taken away I would have believed the need for revenge and the attachment of her childhood friend Jack Porter Nick Wechsler (the only handsome guy on the show).
As a pilot it was not impressive but Emily VanCamp’s performance was, it can be better and this is still the pilot and a lot of shows make the mistake of over dramatizing their pilot. It was not bad but it loses in comparison to it’s CW counterpart Ringer, which is also a story about deceit and betrayal in a rich decadent world.
I will be back next week because I believe this show can be better it just got off to a rough start. If the show does not deliver some fast paced nail-biting worthy story lines soon I wont be coming back for more. I hope it will, i really want to love this show.
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.