Last night, while watching the Giants game, my DVR informed me we’d be watching Ringer on CW at 9 PM. Yeah, I have one of those DVR’s that does not let you watch more than one thing at a time. It can be vexing, but it is also a good reminder as well. I am a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, both series done by Joss Whedon. In this instance, Sarah Michelle Gellar breaks away from that franchise and is starting a new series. According to the press releases I’ve heard about, the story has Gellar playing twin sisters and the story isn’t really explained beyond that.
It took about 45 minutes, but I was hooked. This story has about as many twists as Lost. Gellar plays both sisters very well, though critics have panned the overall differentiation between the two sisters to be minimal. The story starts off with the one sister, the troubled sister who is a recovering alcoholic and stripper, while the other sister is well to do.
Some might compare this to a diluted Parent Trap, but the two sisters are different, but the troubled one slips into the role of the sophisticated one in too easy a manner. Bridget, the troubled one goes out to meet her sister, while slipping her required witness protection. The sophisticated sister Siobhan, takes her out onto her boat, then when Bridget wakes up, she’s gone, presumed dead.
Instead of going to the authorities, as she is already wanted, Bridget decides to assume her sister’s life. It is somewhat comical how easily this is done, you would think Siobhan’s friends would know her better, but it proves for great intrigue. I’d like to say that since they are twins, it is easier to believe, but I don’t have a frame of reference for that.
As Bridget continues her life as her sister, things get considerably more complicated as it turns out that not only will witness protection be looking for her, but Siobhan is in some other trouble, as people are looking for her as well.
The story is well written, the characters are believable, but more than anything, Gellar is amazing. No matter the weak writing, at times, she brings the project up to a much higher level and I find myself frustrated that both Glee and the Ringer will be on tonight at the same time, as well as the Washington Capitals game. Not to mention the fact that I’m dying to get my hands on Gears of War 3. Release Tuesday couldn’t be more inconvenient.
If you haven’t, take a moment and give The Ringer a look, if nothing else, all the Buffy fans out there owe it to Sarah Michelle Gellar to help her fledgling new show off the ground.