14 September 2011

First Thoughts - RINGER: Please, Higher Power, make this show better!

I had a sneaking suspicion Ringer is mostly flair than substance because for the whole summer, The CW made a lot of noise for this. They should of course. Having CBS give up on this show must account for something. What was in Ringer that made CBS decide not to push through with airing this on its network?

For all the noise it made? Not a lot, it seems.

Ringer's Officialy Synopsis:
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister - only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life - a life where no one knows that Bridget exists.


PLUS: Sarah Michelle Gellar (SMG) did not seem to age.
MINUS: Someone in my Twitter account made mention of the fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar acted robotic. And I'd have to agree. Maybe Siobhan's character is the Ice Queen. But Bridget's character is supposed to be vulnerable. I hardly saw that, except, maybe in that scene where Bridget was attacked.

And yes, as Siobhan's husband notes ---- she is THIN!


PLUS: Siobhan's husband's accent. That guy was on Fantastic Four? I'm intrigued about the character. 
MINUS: Baze, Baze, Baze. I mean, Kristoffer Polaha. Now, he was annoying. And whiny. I think I'm going to like his character the least if he doesn't stop whining.

In succeeding episodes, more of Siobhan's or Bridget's men will make their appearance. Including Jason Dohring from Veronica Mars.


PLUS: Slight Hitchcock-feel. Who directed this pilot? *have to google check later*
MINUS: Awful, awful, awful special effects! Someone's been slashing the budget for this!


PLUS: It looks like Siobhan's the evil-est them all. Predictable, yes. But I'd like to see how SMG can carry this out.
MINUS: A drama series about twins alienated, and then reunited, and then assuming the other one's identity is too "daytime soap" for me. This premise has been explored upside down and inside out, that I would've welcomed it more if they did they made this as sitcom, rather than a drama series. (And because SMG can be really funny!)

Potentially, the story can go the long and winded road, with viewers tuning out and getting tired of following all that soapy drama. On the other hand, potentially, it can reinvent a tired premise. But that is a long shot.  *have to google check people behind the show too, and see track record*

I think this is the kind of show you would want to watch without having to invest in anything. You just have to sit there and take it all in. Unless, the writers do something new with this twin angle and break cliches. Long shot, but....maybe a higher power can do wonders.