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Ringer Pilot Review Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

Pilot Scoop: Ringer

Fall TV is back, and tonight, TV veteran Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to TV with new show Ringer. The former Buffy stars in The CW's drama series in a dual role as identical twins Bridget and Siobhan. When there's an accident, the ladies are involved in an identity-switcheroo that leads them both to danger.

  • What it's about: Aside from their looks, these twins couldn't be more different; Bridget is a recovering addict and ex-stripper, while Siobhan is a wealthy, Manhattan-dwelling socialite. When Bridget fears for her life because she's the star witness in a mobster's murder case, she goes on the run and ends up visiting her sister, whom she hasn't seen in six years. In a mysterious boating incident, Siobhan disappears — and Bridget takes the opportunity to assume her sister's identity and life in New York as a way to hide from the mobster. However, Bridget realizes she's not off the hook when she quickly discovers Siobhan's many secrets and illicit involvements.
  • Where it works: The premise and all the little twists are compelling, and the pilot ends on a cliffhanger that made me want to watch more episodes.
  • Where it doesn't: The dialogue is so painfully cheesy that it makes all the acting seem similarly bad. The show is going for a Hitchcockian vibe, but it has more of a B-movie tone, especially when combined with one of the worst green-screen scenes I've ever experienced on TV.
  • You might like this show if: You want a new mystery series but also love guilty pleasures — you have to take this show with a huge grain of salt.
  • When it's on: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW

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amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I agree with the review. Come on, that boat scene was painful. I can do better than that on my computer. I do think it was painfully obvious that she wasn't dead, too. All in all I liked it, and shows do tend to get better as they go, but there were a ton of cheesy moments.
falconpeaks falconpeaks 6 years
I think this review is very unfair and overly critical. First of all the reviewer is not considering that the pilot is not the final version, the effects are still not completed and many aspects are subject to change. Overall most of the reviews have been positive and the main criticism has been the lack of character development from the other characters and other aspects but it has been applauded for its noir and Hitchcockian vibe so I don't agree. I 'm really looking forward to this show.
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