Ringer Series Premiere Review: Did You Keep Up?

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It's been eight years. Eight long years since we last saw Sarah Michelle Gellar in something other than Buffy reruns. I'm actually glad she waited to return to the small screen, though, because Ringer has the potential to be just that good.

Bridget Picture

Playing twins, Gellar is everywhere in this "pilot"and she pulls off the dual role well. First, we have Bridget, six months sober, an ex-exotic dancer who witnessed a murder. Fearing for her life, she ditches her FBI handlers and heads off to see her twin sister.

I can't blame Bridget for being afraid. The Double Nickel Motel doesn't look like the height of security and if tiny little Bridget is able to take down Jimmy, her FBI handler (sans Buffy powers, no less), I can't imagine he'd be much of a match for professional killers.

Then there's Siobhan, a socialite with the handsome husband, upscale beach house, Manhattan loft and all the toys that go along with it. But, of course, things are not as simple and content as they appear.

Poor Bridget jumps from the frying pan into the fire. After briefly reconnecting with her estranged sis, Siobhan drugs her and disappears from their boat. Is this a suicide, an accident, or an escape? After a six-year absence, Bridget can't possibly know, but in a moment of pure survival instinct, she decides to become Siobhan.

Bridget's biggest mistake is calling Malcolm, her AA sponsor (and possible boyfriend) and telling him what she's done. I know she's scared and lonely and feels like she has to tell someone, but this moment of impulsiveness could be her undoing. The rest of it seems all too easy because Siobhan hasn't told anyone in her life she has a twin - but Bridget quickly learns there's plenty about Siobhan she doesn't know, either.

Like that she's in a loveless marriage and sleeping with her best friend's husband. Or, who is the father of her unborn child? But, wait, we have to remember that it isn't Bridget who's pregnant, it's Siobhan and this is Bridget playing Siobhan. Following along?

Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew

And that's half the fun of Ringer, trying to keep up with the constantly spinning web of lies. I keep wondering if it's even possible for Andrew, Siobhan's husband, to be the father of her baby because they're barely on speaking terms, except in public.  Will Henry, her lover, keep his mouth shut? And does Gemma already know her best friend is sleeping with her husband?

Oh, and back to the fact that this is Bridget - pretending to be a knocked up Siobhan - is NOT actually pregnant. How will she deal with that little, flat-stomached obstacle?

When Bridget is attacked (and did Gemma set that up?!?) we're quick to assume it's her criminal past. But not so fast, folks. Why is there a picture of Siobhan in the dead attacker's pocket? And what the heck is Bridget going to do about a dead body shot with an FBI agent's gun?

Ringer is complicated. If you get distracted, you'll miss something important, but I found the pilot so compelling there wasn't much fear of that. Gellar easily carries off both roles on a drama that possesses an eerie atmosphere and sense of mystery all its own. I'm definitely looking forward to the ride.

Remember to visit our Ringer quotes and our Ringer music sections for more from the premiere!

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Xomoniquexo

Ringer in putting me true aringer that for sure the show is off to an amazing starts cant wait for next week the cast and SMG did a fab job loved it

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love SMG and this new show!!!!During the fighting/action scenes,i kept thinking 'Why is'nt Buffy KICKING HIS ASS!?!She can take him EASILY' XDXDXDXD

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I looooove seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar back on TV!!! She did an amazing job of individualizing her two characters, but I knew that she would- any Buffy fan knows she's a talented actress.

Eneci

CW needed this type of show something more adult!
the show is amazing and really intriguing really watching every scene and wanting to know more!
SMG is doing a great job! You see Bridget's insecurity in her every movement.
Kristoffer Polaha is playing his role great! And i really should stop reading the spoilers it's ruining the whole show for me!
Siobhan of course isn't dead! She will appear at some point again and mess things up.
The Juliet relationship will get interesting she could discover who who is!
and the baby thing, the picture, etc. . .
nOw I get it the sister hates Bridget becasue she did something with her child so it's dead! And wants her down! This is a Nikita like of twist, i was thinking in season 1 Alex will be Nikitas counter but she was her spy. Siobhan U sneaky little bitxh! so many unanswered questions.
I tune in next tuesday again!

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Loved it but am I the only one completely put off from the fake boat on water scene.... It was so horrible because regardless of the acting it was so fake and distracting! I mean is it really that expensive to shoot on a real boat?? Anyways apart from that great episode hopefully the plot doesn't get too confusing though!

Xoxodanielle

Loved the pacing. Loved the mystery. Loved it! Definitely recommend it ! Or stick with it for another ep if you didn't like it {:

Aries93

I can't get over this show. I really wanna watch the pilot again!

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is it just me or did smg aged a lot . Shes still pretty but is gettin old just like jennifer love hewitt in ghost whisperer

Aries93

I love that The CW picked this up! It's a really good show. I honestly cannot wait till next week.
The fact that Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffed are on this show just makes it so much better!

Youngnan

Not one of the biggest Gellar fans, but she pulls off the double act. Not so good as the Katherine/Elena duo, but that's probably just because her two characters are a bit too alike. Besides one being a poor junkie and the other being a socialite, they're not that different because I'm assuming they had some common ground right up until the kid died. I'm assuming they grew up together... That at some point, Bridget wasn't a bum. Yay, for Nestor and his eyelashes. Yay, for the majority of the cast. Excellent pacing to keep the audience involved despite the cliche 'prince and the pauper' plotline. They put in so many twists and subplots that you almost forget about the whole twin angle. And I only now caught the meaning of the name... lol. Hope they don't work a triangle into this at any point, or a hexagon... Is it just me or does Bridget have a UST thing going with every male character in the show? Hah. Hope they don't go too much into the sad 'I used to be a junkie' back-story. "I hurt people. Can you ever forgive me. Blah..." Best pilot out since... Probably the best CW pilot ever... Hope the pace keeps pumping and that it doesn't end up stagnant like Gossip Girl and the host of zombie series out there (Desperate Housewives...)

Ringer Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Siobhan: I was wondering how you'd look after six years.
Bridget: Not nearly as good as you.

Mistakes aren't tragedies.

Bridget

Ringer Season 1 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
I-fall-to-pieces I Fall To Pieces Patsy Cline iTunes
Secret-chambers Secret Chambers Revision iTunes
Purified Purified Tamar Kaprelian iTunes
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