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'Ringer' Premiere Review: Pilot

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Sep 13, 2011 | 7:53pm EDT

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sarah michelle gellarS1E1: Well guys, this is what we’ve all been waiting for: Sarah Michelle Gellar returned to the CW (though last time she was on it, the network was was called the WB) and we couldn’t be happier to welcome her back. No, she’s not off slaying vampires or any other supernatural demons, but that doesn’t make her character any less interesting or the plot any less exciting.

The premiere episode of Ringer wastes no time in jumping right into the thick of the action. With a sneak glimpse into the future we see that one of the twins Gellar plays will be chased around by a masked man with a gun and she'll actually be caught. But first we have to find out everything that led up to that point. Cut to 9 days earlier. Fearing for her life after being the only eyewitness to a murder, Bridget Kelly – a recovering addict – secretly flees to New York to see her estranged twin sister, Siobhan. But that’s where the real trouble begins. Double-crossing, stolen identity, cheating, lies – and something tells me we’ve only just scratched the surface. If you like an air of mystery in your television drama, this show has it in spades and leaves you with far more questions than answers. But this series is just getting started and it’d be no fun if they gave everything away too early. So viewers had better buckle their seatbelts because they’re bound to be in for a double dose of drama.

"I’ve been sober more than six months which is longer than some of the relationships that I’ve had." – Bridget

After handcuffing a police guard to the shower, Bridget steals his gun and takes off for New York City to meet up with her sister whom she hasn’t seen in 6 years. In Bridget’s eyes, life seems perfect for her sister -- perfect house, perfect marriage, perfect everything -- but nothing is as it seems. Siobhan reveals to Bridget that her husband, Andrew, doesn’t even know she has a twin sister and Bridget is constantly apologizing for a mysterious tragedy, but details on that have yet to come out. I have a hunch both of these girls have some pretty dark skeletons in their closets, so it will be interesting to see how all that unfolds. After the two girls do a little sisterly bonding on a boat, Bridget falls asleep and wakes up to discover that her sister is nowhere to be found and has left her wedding ring in a pill bottle. Bridget comes to the conclusion that her sister committed suicide and decides to steal her identity.

"I don’t know why she did it. I’m the only one that knows that she’s dead. But I saw a way out and I took it." - Bridget

Bridget seems to assume her sister’s identity with shocking ease…almost too easily and rarely gets caught in a lie. Does Bridget just have an uncanny ability to think fast on her feet or has she had more practice at this than we think? Her “husband” certainly seems to like her a lot more now that she’s not his actual wife, but who could blame him since we also find out that the real Siobhan has been having an affair with her best friend’s husband, Henry. What a mess, but the surprises just keep on coming. Bridget gets a call that her (Siobhan’s) blood tests came back and she’s pregnant, which her husband overhears so that cat's out of the bag. But who’s the baby’s father – Andrew or Henry? Plus there’s the fact that she (Bridget) isn’t actually pregnant. Yeah, that’s not going to be hard to explain at all. Although we may not want to feel sorry for the husband since it looks like he may have had a little something happening on the side as well. Oh, the irony.

Bridget is trying her best to avoid trouble, but drama seems to keep finding her. After she ends things with Henry, she returns home to find out that her husband’s teenage daughter, Juliet, was kicked out of boarding school for doing (you guessed it) drugs. Great, that’s perfect for a recovering addict to have to deal with. This girl just can not catch a break.

“You have the wrong girl!” – Bridget pretending to be Siobhan

What I find really intriguing about this show is that each character has their own duality to them – there’s the one person they show to the public and the other that they reveal behind closed doors. I have a feeling that with the passing of each episode we will develop more of an understanding of each character’s background and how they came to be the way they are, which will be really exciting. I especially like how they have Bridget/Siobhan always looking at their reflection; it’s very symbolic and definitely done intentionally to represent that there are two sides to every person. It’s just a question of which is the dominate side.

The flashbacks kind of remind me of what they did for the show Lost, when the series would go back in time and divuldge each person’s past lives prior to plane crash. And this show already is a fan of taking you back and forth between the past and present, although it can be a little confusing if you’re not completely focused on what’s going on. If you’re the type of person who likes to multitask and do other chores or activities while watching TV, you will find this show very confusing. So much is discovered and so much happens so quickly that looking away for a minute can make you lose track of what’s going on. You’re going to need to hunker down and give this show your full attention, so if you can’t commit to that, expect to be lost.

But back to the story. Gemma (Siobhan’s best friend and the woman whose husband she’s been sleeping with) calls and wants to meet her at the loft, saying that she thinks she knows who Henry has been cheating on her with. But when Bridget shows up, the masked man is walking around with a gun, so we’ve come full circle to where we originally started. Somehow, after a brief struggle, she ends up overpowering the attacker and shoots him, thinking that he was after her for being an eyewitness, but really he was under orders to kill Siobhan. (What?!) It then cuts to the real Siobhan in Paris, sitting next to a mirror (how fitting). It turns out she is alive and well after all – anyone else see that coming? She gets a phone call saying that they have a problem, and then hangs up. Looks like her sister is quite the double-crosser. And so the plot thickens…

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