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New TV Show Review: Ringer on The CW

HollywoodNews.com: Ringer is the Face/Off of TV shows. It’s got a concept that should be ridiculous, yet it’s explored so interestingly you actually believe it. And when it commits at this level, you just want to see what they’ll do next.


Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a recovering addict about to testify as a witness to a murder. She evades her security detail led by Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell) to find her sister, Siobhan (Gellar). There are some good shots of two Gellars in one frame, along with reverse shots of a blonde double with her back to the camera. That won’t matter moving forward though because Siobhan kills herself and Bridget sees the opportunity to take over Siobhan’s life.


You could do a show just about a twin adapting to her double’s life. Bridget has a learning curve on being Siobhan. Siobhan’s husband Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) notices Bridget’s thinner. She doesn’t know Siobhan’s boss Gemma (Tara Summers) and forgets her schedule but everyone in Siobhan’s life gives her a pass.


Ringer doesn’t stop there though. Every act break has a soap opera-y twist, but it’s cool. Siobhan’s lover Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) macks on Bridget at a gala. It’s like a “Da dah daaaaah” moment but it really is crazy for this poor recovering addict trying to run from a mob hit by impersonating her twin sister. I mean, she has a lover too? Give a girl a break!


The twists are crazy enough that I want to see how Bridget gets herself out of them. I’m going to spoil it because it makes the show sound cooler, but Siobhan was pregnant. Bridget’s not. How’s she going to pull this one off? That means by May sweeps she’s going to have to fake an abortion or a miscarriage, unless the writers have something even crazier in mind. She probably can’t even wait until May, so we’re looking at November maybe!


Some of them stretch credibility, but come on. If we’re watching the twin swapping show, we’re in it for the long haul. Machado comes to interview Siobhan. I think a good cop would notice a Parent Trap style switcheroo, but I’ll go with it.


Bridget wants to turn Siobhan’s family around. Andrew thinks it’s weird that his bitchy wife is acting all sweet. Bridget’s sure to contradict some Siobhan canon at some point.


There are already enough twists in the pilot that just working them out will provide many seasons of drama. If they have more twists in subsequent episodes, I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle it. The ultimate resolution will probably be something like The Carver in nip/tuck season three but even that would be like wow, I can’t believe they’re going crazy on network television!
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  • September 5, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think I saw a preview for the show during which SMG bursts out of the water in the middle of what looked like a very large body of water. So could it be that Siobhan’s actually alive?

  • September 6, 2011 | Permalink |

    ^ That was Bridget that jumped out of the water, she jumps into it to find Siobhan.

    I can’t wait for this show!

  • September 6, 2011 | Permalink |

    Thanks Fred for the review. I am now more than ever looking forward to the Ringer!

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