Former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her return to TV in this brand new thriller….
Well actually, is it a thriller? Although I watched the trailer for this new series, at no point was I under the impression that this was anything more than a slightly amped up drama. It would seem not going into this series with “thriller” expectations puts me amongst the lucky few however, as the comments I have seen from the US focus on the disappointment with this new addition to the genre. I can’t say I disagree with the disapproving comments either, when taking into account the information and guidance they were given. Ringer can easily be mistaken for a thriller, as Bridget (Gellar) on the run for no obvious reason takes over the life of her twin sister Siobhan Martin, who comes fully furnished with husband Andrew Martin (Ioan Gruffudd) and a step daughter Juliet Martin (Zoey Deutch). Nestor Carbonell brings the tension when possible as Agent Victor Machado, who suspects that Siobhan may be hiding her sister. There is also the added task of continuing Siobhan’s relationships, specifically with husband and wife Gemma and Henry Butler (Tara Summers & Kristoffer Polaha). The only person that knows Bridget’s life altering secret is her AA sponsor Malcom Ward (Mike Colter), which I admit, makes no real sense so far.
Having seen the first two episodes I found Ringer quite entertaining despite obvious plot holes, but I do find myself re-evaluating my conclusions with this new (to me) genre definition. This series is definitely NOT a thriller, the only question is whether thats by accident or design. The A and B stories have unfolded more like a typical day-time soap, but I still enjoyed it and intend to continuing watching, despite my intense hatred for soap operas. So how then can I recommend a series which I am currently happy to watch, but probably only because I suffered from what one might call diminished expectations? I think if you’re reading this then your expectations of a tense thriller have already dissipated, so I guess the only question is, do you have space for another drama in your life?
Watch/DVR/Forget = DVR