Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Mike Colter, Tara Summers, Zoey Deutch
Writers: Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder
Director: Rob Bailey
Network: The CW, airs Tuesday nights
Original Telecast: September 20, 2011

Here’s the problem with RINGER, the new CW soap opera/thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters who invade each other’s lives.

A) It’s not very good.

B) As much as it’s commendable that Gellar wants to do something that’s not BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, picking a project where she’s not allowed to kick-ass and take names is incredibly hard to get used to. She works overtime to ensure this ridiculous concept works, but the writing is not as sharp or crisp as it should.

C) Did I mention the show isn’t very good.

The second week in and “She’s Ruining Everything” finds former drug addict/stripper/key witness in murder trial Bridget (Gellar) taking over the life of her sister Siobhan – a rich bitch who faked her own death and planned on killing her sister in the process so she could disappear.

Oh yes, it’s confusing. Not surprising, Bridget is better at being Siobhan than being herself which is a good thing for many people around her. Of course, she spends part of the episode hiding the self-defense murder of a hitman from the “Pilot” that the real Siobhan hired to knock her off.

There’s tons of duplicity on the show, but it’s all rather annoying. There’s another cocktail party or something. There’s the FBI agent (Nestor Carbonell) that wants to find Bridget and harasses Siobhan, who he thinks is Siobhan into revealing her sister’s whereabouts. My head is spinning – and not in a good way.

There’s mystery money in a secret account, there’s bad acting galore and there’s literally no suspense or thrillers. RINGER is an insufferable show that desperately wants to be a clever soapy thriller, but ends up just being soggy and wet.

Gellar deserves so much more than this material. After years of being given witty Joss Whedon lines, it’s just horrifying to watch her read subpar material. Plus, she was born to kick-ass. Yes, as an actor you don’t want to be stereotyped, but really, in her case, she should have found something a little stronger or just do a sitcom instead.

RINGER isn’t the worst fall TV show on the air, but it isn’t the best either. It’s hard to imagine this show stretching beyond 13 into 22, let alone into future seasons unless some major twists are in store. There may be an audience for this, primarily people who never saw BUFFY and don’t know any better. For those of us who relished every moment of that Whedon classic, it’s sad reminder that not everyone is capable of snappy, witty and memorable dialogue, not to mention how to wrestle the best out their lead actress (and in this case, you have her playing to two roles that aren’t being properly exploited).

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Comments:

  1. I totally disagree; I thought the idea was creative and interesting and it show has got better and better. I can’t wait for the third episode.

    Lorri
  2. Love the show! another winner for Sarah.

    jon37
  3. I completely disagree. Yes I may be bias in the fact that I am the biggest Sarah Michelle Gellar fan, but you need to give television shows time. She knows the direction the show is going to take for the next 3 years and I don’t believe she’d undertake a project if it wasn’t stellar and completely awesome. Be patient!!
    If you were bored by the show then that’s your problem. Don’t degrade the show until it has taken its course.

    sam_wise_10
  4. I thought the first 15 minutes of the pilot were awful. The acting was fine, but I felt like they’d put a green screen behind SMG (which they had) and it looked really bad.

    But as the hour progressed, it got better and better. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    Oh, and I loved BtVS, but SMG has a lot of experience in non-buttkicking roles, and she’s good. I think the author just misses Buffy (which I understand).

    Leia
  5. I also think the show is a winner. I think it’s smart and witty. Looking forward to watching more episodes.

    cd
  6. I’m afraid that I have to agree. The show is pretty bad and Sarah doesn’t do doubles very well. If you want to see outstanding performances by several actors playing dual roles, watch Fringe.

    Barbara

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