A new tale of murder and mystery has begun. Deception sure left us with a bunch of burning questions.
1. The central question that drives the entire story, at least for now — who killed Vivian Bowers? Practically every member of the Bowers family is a suspect, including Julian who we see discarding a distinctive ring that surely left the bruise on Vivian’s face. One thing we do know for sure, she recognized the guy she picked up the night before she was found dead — but who was that guy?
2. Prior to her death, Vivian was going to blow to whistle on the family company, Bowers Pharmaceutical, over the deadly drug Lyritrol developed by Vivian’s eldest brother Edward. Given that Edward later tells his dead sister “I’m sorry, I tried”, just how involved was he in her demise?
3. Who killed Remy? He was seen arguing with Vivian’s little ‘sister’ Mia.
4. Vivian was pregnant when she died. We got a glimpse of the potential father, but who is he and was he involved in Vivian’s death?
5. The episode’s big bombshell comes from the revelation that Mia is in fact Vivian’s daughter. Joanna flashes back to a moment Vivian was throwing up and the pieces begin to fall into place, including Sofia’s comments about cleaning up her mess. Again we ask, who is the father?
THOUGHTS OF DECEPTION
Deception is going to get compared with Revenge whether it likes it or not so I’m hoping it can distinguish itself as quickly as possible. While the general premise of both shows is similar, I do feel that Revenge had a stronger opening hook, one that perhaps had more legs than Deception appears to at this point. Another comparison would be the CW’s ill-fated Ringer, though thankfully Deception appears to have less melodrama.
While the acting is certainly competent and I appreciate the mystery elements, I don’t feel particularly attached to any of the characters at the moment and I’m not itching to dive back into this world. That being said, I’m treating this very much as a pilot (which funnily enough it is) and will give it more time before making any fixed judgements. You can see that they tried to establish to world of the show as quickly as possible, which worked in some areas and not so much in others. The flashbacks, while not overly engaging at least helped fill in the backstory without slowing the pace down too much.
A lot will hinge on the next few episodes, they really need to be a sticky as possible. Revenge has proven that there’s an appetite for seriables like this, but I come back to my earlier point. At the same time if Deception plays to its strengths perhaps it can flourish. Time will tell.
To be continued…
7/10 Seriable Stars