'The Ringer' — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Oct. 04, 2011
It has been eight years since Sarah Michelle Gellar played the blonde slayer/lover of vampires. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” started in 1993 and is the most memorable of Gellar's roles. After the show ended in 2003, Geller acted in a few thrillers, including “The Return” and “The Grudge” in 2004.
Gellar has a knack for all things scary. The CW’s “Ringer” seems to be a little dark, but this is not because of the things that go bump in the night.
In the pilot, which debuted Sept. 13 to an audience of 2.84 million viewers, we meet Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin, both played by Gellar. When the two go for a boat ride, only one of them returns. We are introduced to who exactly Siobhan Martin is: the mother, the wife, the fund-raiser attendee and the adulterer. Bridget finds that maybe her twin hadn’t had such a wonderful life after all. After thinking Bridget was the actress this whole time, we find that Siobhan is really good at "playing dead."
Following in the footsteps of the first episode, the following episodes get heavier and heavier as the plot unravels. We are still left guessing who the real Siobhan is and why she chose to put her sister in this situation.
In the most recent episode, we start to question Siobhan’s husband, Andrew. For the past two episodes we’ve found that "Shiv" isn’t particularly nice to her husband’s daughter, nor is she loyal to her husband, but we never really saw why she got this way. All of the signs led to him being the bad guy, so why was it so hard for the audience to see it this way? Probably because we see the big picture, complete with dead sister flirting in Paris.
Ringer shows Gellar’s strength as an actress. Her break from the little screen didn’t prove to diminish her abilities to take on a character, or, in this, case characters, and own any scene.
She returns to television in a big way and seems to have another potential 10-year series under her belt. Coupled with the brains of the CW writers, it seems ‘Ringer’ may have found a home at 8 p.m.
A genuine, well-thought-out plot with a set of twins, a good husband, a confused lover and a deceived best friend, the CW provides a little relief from the supernatural, but not from suspense.