This week the CW premiered Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new show Ringer. Did anyone else think, “Wow, this is exactly like The Lying Game, only not as good”? Well, anyone other than me?
I really wanted to like Buffy’s new show, but with the poor production value and crazy story I found myself struggling to stay with it for the entire hour.
In case you don’t know, Ringer follows sisters Bridget and Siobhan who’ve been at odds for years. Bridget is a former stripper and recovering alcoholic (because they really needed to make her seem like trouble. Could they have added former prostitute and heroine addict to her resume too?) She’s in a safe house as the only witness to a murder, but she gets scared, attacks a cop and runs away. So with the cops and the mob after her, Bridget turns to her dear sister.
Unfortunately when she wakes up, it looks like Siobhan’s taken the big sleep. So naturally Bridget assumes her sister’s identity, learns all her dirty little secrets and eventually is attacked and nearly murdered. But surprise! [Spoiler Alert] Siobhan is still alive! And in Paris. Or at least a set that’s meant to resemble Paris, but not so much that they could do without the caption that reads “Paris.”
This plot might have interested me if The Lying Game didn’t already exist with a sister on the run from the law, assuming the identity of her twin and learning her dirty little secrets whilst the twin is in an exotic locale — L.A. is exotic to some, ok? — taking care of her own crazy business.
So the question is which show is better? Personally, I prefer The Lying Game. It’s made better, the acting is better (I never thought I’d type that) and Emma is very likeable, which means I actually care about her. And for me, seeing teens do dumb things — like switching identities with their twins — seems less farfetched than grown 30-something women switching places. Plus, couldn’t Bridget have just went on the stand, stayed in police custody and been fine? Why did she attack the cop? And why is her sister running to Paris?
Maybe the real problem is I don’t really care what happens to Bridget or why Siobhan’s doing what she’s doing. Everyone seems happier without her. Or should I say, the new her? (Except for the fact that they keeping telling “Siobhan” she looks anorexic. Is this because of the rough life Bridget had as a stripper/alcoholic?)
Maybe Siobhan can just play dead in a green screen Paris and live a happy life stroking mirrors and sitting seductively on couches while I watch The Lying Game? Gosh, there hasn’t been this much twin drama on TV since Sister, Sister!
What do you think? Did you catch Ringer? Do you like Ringer better than The Lying Game? Tell me in the comments!