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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Sarah Micehlle Gellar is a phenomenal actor. So natural. She makes it look easy. I'm glad to see her back on tv. It's only because of her acting that Ringer turned out so good. Kudos to the ppl who cast her in it!


In love with S.M.G. so of course I had to check this out and the pilot did its work. Super thrilling and the perfect mix of UES and an exiting plot. I stopped watching on episode 4 and I think this rainy sunday is the perfect opportunity to catch up :)


Just love the show.:-)


Love this show! SMG rocks and I'm intrigued with all the twists and turns in the plot! Can't wait till Tuesday night! I wish I could fast-forward to see what happens in the end. Andrew might be a bigger force than he lets on.


Is it just me or does anyone else want Andrew to fall for Bridget? They are so...perfect together. SMG plays both roles really well, and I like the fact that as the episodes progress, we start to see things clearer. Like, we know Siobhan wants her sister dead, etc, but it's so interesting because Bridget doesn't know that. The scene in the toilet with Juliet and Bridget was touching, especially when Andrew saw it. It's clearly a stark contrast with Siobhan. I love this show, and I'm beyond hooked. SMG makes you care for the character(s) she's playing, though I don't care much for Siobhan but that could be because she hasn't had a great deal of screen time yet. It's one to keep you guessing.


I thought the first episode was pretty good, and I' hoping that the series will be able to continue to surprise. I really don't get why some reviewers out there, like Mary McNamara of the LA Times, are making disparaging remarks about Geller's acting abilities. She won a Daytime Emmy and got nominated at least once for a Golden Globe Award - so her acting can't be that bad! I for one think she's a great actor, which is one of the things that raised Buffy above most other genre series, along with the rest of that great cast. Here's hoping her new series will enjoy a long run!


LoVEd it ! the pilot was great! I'll keep watchin'!!! ^.^ i really liked the idea of the series. it is different from everything that is on TV.


I loved the first episode of Ringer! It was kind of mindless entertainment for me, and though there has to be some suspension of logic to actually believe a lot of things, I didn't mind it. I took things for what they were and was able to just go with the flow. I felt like I was reading some fairytale of children going off to solve mysteries, like the Famous Five. You know it's not possible, but you're sucked in anyway and can't wait to see what happens. Same feeling with Ringer. I do think that most of the characters have chemistry with each other, which is good. I'm watching for Bridget and Andrew right now, and I can't wait to see how the story evolves. Pilots tend to be shaky in nature anyway, so I really hope the series continues well after this.


I think that the show was good enough to check out next week.


I thought this is gonna be like "The Lying Game" on ABC. But boy, am i wrong!
I definitely love the adult-touch to the show. And SMG is just awesome.
This show shows promises and I'll definitely stay tuned to the show. And Siobhan actually trying to get her twin sister killed? Okay, I definitely didn't see that coming. Unpredictable.

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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.


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