Saturday, 28 April 2012

Ringer- Season 1 (TV Series)

The CW network aired it’s last episode in the first (and possibly last) season of the so-called Sarah Michelle Gellar comeback 'Ringer' on the 17th of April, closing many chapters within the season long story, while setting up a few new ones, for a possible 2nd season return in September.

Sarah Michelle Gellar as Bridget Kelly/Siobhan Martin
The premise of the show is as follows: Gellar plays a set of twin sisters, Bridget and Siobhan. Bridget, an ex-drug addict and stripper goes on the run when she is seen witnessing a crime at the hands of series antagonist Bodaway Macawi (Zahn McClarnon), who subsequently wants her dead whether or not she testifies against him. Bridget flees to her estranged ice cold twin sister in New York, to try and clear her head. However when Siobhan goes missing on a boat trip and is presumed dead, Bridget seizes the opportunity to pose as her sister from then on, fooling her husband, Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and best friend Gemma (Tara Summers) among others, as she is the only person who knows (or better yet, thinks) Siobhan is dead.

Complicated isn’t it? That’s the simplified version of the original idea of the show, which only gets more twisted and intricate as time goes on. This, remained one of the biggest problems I have with ‘Ringer’, which was a consistently difficult TV show to follow. The season did have its strong moments, as the audience is constantly on edge during the first few episodes as Bridget could possibly be discovered at any given point, but the show buckles and stumbles on its ridiculously soap-y plot points. 'Ringer' ranges from being a dark thriller-type drama, to a more mature 'Gossip Girl' in a matter of minutes, and whether that’s a good or bad thing, depends entirely on your opinion of whether "thriller" and 'Gossip Girl' are two things that can exist in perfect harmony.

Those who have worked on the show have said that although there are things that they wish they could take back or redo, they are mostly happy with the way things turned out with 'Ringer'. I however, remain on the fence with this show, although with the cliffhanger in the final episode, this will make for an interesting second season, if The CW gives the show a green light.

However soapy, or “Gossip Girl-y” ‘Ringer’ has been, I will say this: it’s been damn good to see SMG on TV again.


Key episodes:  “It’s Gonna Kill Me But I’ll Do It” “That’s What You Get For Trying To Kill Me” “I’m The Good Twin”

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