Saturday, October 01, 2011

THE 'RINGER' PILOT


Having just seen the pilot of RINGER so far, I’m putting down my thoughts on what I liked, didn't like and what this series might turn into


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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s back on the small screen, and with quite a bang, I must say. Having read only a few good reviews of the beginning of this show, I was not expecting all that much, despite the promos, which looked really promising. However, I found that the pilot was quite interesting, and almost lived up to the promo. In fact, the promo very aptly summarized the pilot, which added the necessary details, and gave us a little more about the obviously mysterious lives of the twins Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin would progress.


WHAT I LIKED
The basic premise of the show is gripping, definitely, and makes us want to know what Bridget has stepped into, having assumed her twin sister Siobhan’s identity. I think there’s going to be a lot at Siobhan’s end as well, as she seems to have escaped from whatever Bridget will now have to deal with. I like the mystery and the level of intrigue brought about by twists like Siobhan running away to Paris, Bridget shooting a man who was looking for Siobhan and also finding out about Siobhan’s pregnancy. In all of that, I enjoyed watching Sarah Michelle Gellar again, even though I expected a little more from her performance. However, her part in the pilot at least wasn’t all that demanding, so I am hoping for more intensity as the show progresses. The casting of the show is quite impressive. Besides the leading lady, Ioan Gruffudd and Nestor Carbonell make for a strong, known acting presence in the series. Other elements like the background score, the costumes, the art direction, as well as the general packaging, by way of the opening and closing title/credits, also seem to be in the right direction, and that’s important, as these elements form a solid background for any series.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
The way the premise was set was a little too abrupt. I believe the series prologue should have been done in a little more detail, even if it had to take an entire episode to reach the point where Bridget becomes Siobhan. The editing in this regard was less than impressive, with exceptions of scenes like the one in which Bridget is on the phone with Malcolm, telling him how she’s assumed Siobhan’s identity, with the interspersed clips of her in The Hamptons house after Siobhan’s disappearance. As for other developments in the pilot, since the writers decided to squeeze so much into it, I thought that maybe a stronger foundation should have been set for the supporting characters and the side storylines. Another detail that should have been dealt with a little better was how Bridget eases into Siobhan’s life. I think that details of people and social engagements in Siobhan’s life seemed to be discovered by Bridget rather conveniently. I think there should’ve been more of a challenge. Moreover, there should have been more of Bridget learning Siobhan’s mannerisms and behavior, etc. They may be twins and may have grown up together, but as we know, for the last six years, they lived apart and lived very different lives. Maybe we’ll see such factors becoming more of a challenge later.


So there it is. To sum it up, there were some negatives and some positives about the pilot. I am very much looking forward to watching the next couple of episodes, to discover more about the mystery and to hopefully see the writers and actors exploring the potential they have to turn this into a fantastic mystery drama.  


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4 comments:

  1. I agreee. It all happened too fast. But I really like where it is going. The pilot had sooo much to offer. I'm really excited to see the next episode :)

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  2. Oh, and I love that Sarah Michelle Gellar is back! It's been ages since she was last seen on TV.

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  3. OK, I watched the first five episodes in the season - not bad so far. I agree completely with what you didn't like about it - they could take a cue from HIMYM, I guess. Haha! On a serious note, yeah they need to develop the base some more. I watched the first five episodes, and I am quite intrigued. I'd love to follow the show more closely. I've liked Sarah Michelle Gellar since her Buffy days. :-)Lot of familiar faces: Ioan from Fantastic Four and I didn't even recognise the guy who plays Mayor in Dark Knight until you mentioned it! Plus the guy from North Shore who plays Henry. He's quite hot.

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  4. Now this is a show that I was looking forward to since it was Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to the small screen. But I must admit I've been disappointed with the show. Infact three episodes was all I could watch. Found the stories rather thin and not solid enough to sustain my interest. I would have loved to continue watching the show just for SMG. Sadly not a keeper for me

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