Deception Review: Who Killed Vivian Bowers?

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Because Deception is invariably going to be compared to ABC’s Revenge, let’s get the comparisons out of the way quickly: both feature wealthy families and said families have secrets.

That’s it.

Well, there is one more similarity, Deception will live and die by the quality of its mystery plot, and, aside from a few slower parts, there’s plenty to enjoy from the pilot as Joanna begins piecing together Vivian’s death.

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The aspect I found most compelling about the mystery, and the way it’s being set up, is the sheer competition, not just between the FBI and the (maybe) unknowing Bowers, but amongst everyone. Every single character has some kind of stake, some kind of secret they want to keep hidden, and they have no fear or hesitation about doing what needs to be done to keep things within the status quo.

So, while the members look like typical rich folks from the outside, on the inside they are eating each other alive and tearing each other apart at the seems.

The deeper Joanna spends silently watching them, the more this rings true. Robert is far more interested in the coffers of Bowers Pharmaceuticals, and Vivian was hot on his heels of whistleblowing its cancer drug. His new wife, Sofia, is far too busy cleaning up the messes of her new family, sucking down more wine than those on Cougar Town, and fiercely protecting her faux daughter Mia.

Joanna potentially rekindling her relationship with Julian seems like a conflict of interest, as Julian’s three-studded ring sinking to the bottom of the lake is the main clue in Vivian’s murder. Yet, even with all of that, the chemistry between them is fun and playful in a somber and pensive show.

However, Deception still has its flaws. Mia being Vivian’s daughter became increasingly obvious long before the reveal, bringing up the biggest problem in the show: pacing. There’s a lot of background and foundations to build in the first episode, but many things could have been trimmed or left out all together in favor of the stronger aspects.

Joanna’s interactions with Remy could have been shortened considerably - as his most vital piece of information was Vivian’s whistleblowing - in favor of giving the main cast more time to begin sharpening their characters. The same can be said for Will. While his character is entertaining, and his chemistry is with Joanna is also fun and loving... I don’t need to know about the Costco rib eye.

Deception has a lot of big, soapy primetime steps to follow in, and with a little scrubbing it could be a fun and exciting one. The pilot just didn’t come out swinging the way it could have, but hopefully the next 10 episodes have a better round.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Aries93

I won't say I'm "hooked already", but I will say that it has my curiosity to see next week.
I do feel naive for not even considering that Mia was Vivian's daughter one bit. Towards the end, I had a slight thought about it, but I just thought it was too obvious when thinking about it. Either way, it's an interesting reveal that will have consequences if no one else in the family knows.
As for who killed Vivian, my guess is that it was most likely an overdose and that Julian probably did argue with her before hand and did hit her and just simply regrets his last conversation with his sister. Chances are that Edward did it, seeing as Tate Donovan can't seem to last in any TV show before leaving/being written out. Another thought is that the baby's father, wasn't the baby daddy and found that out and killed her out of anger.

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I LOVED it,it definitely suprised me..I love the lady who plays the step-mom,when she told joanna that just because vivian is dead,it dosent change what she did in the past..And wes brown and meagan fox are hot together

Deception Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Joanna: She reminds me of Vivian.
Sofia: She's nothing like Vivian. Vivian was a drug addicted, narcissistic, black hole of need.

Do you have any idea what the street value of Sofia's medicine cabinet is?

Joanna
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