Ringer‘s midseason finale delivered several story developments, but much of the episode was built on visible contrivances.
OVERARCHING STORY DEVELOPMENTS
- Smiling Charlie holds both Siobhan and Bridget to ransom over Gemma.
- Charlie kills Gemma
- Siobhan kills Charlie
- Agent Machado nabs his crooked partner, Jimmy.
- Juliet claims Mr. Carpenter raped her.
- A fair bit happened in this episode in comparison to the show’s earlier instalments.
- Gemma’s delivery of the titular line: “That’s what you get for trying to kill me,” followed by the *WHACK!* was worth the admission fee alone. What a shame her empowerment only lasted a few seconds.
- The episode gave us a bit more on Siobhan’s character. Finding out that she still cared for Gemma (however twisted that care may be) was pretty important from a character standpoint. I’m not saying it was great, but hopefully it’s something to build on.
- The midseason finale left us with some intriguingly placed (if not well executed) plot threads.
- The episode’s developments didn’t carry as much magnitude as I feel they should have.
- I’m not a fan of the stack of contrivances used to deliver a rather underwhelming end to the episode. Let’s go through them: Charlie somehow develops bad aim from point-blank range. He somehow fails to notice that blood wasn’t coming out of Gemma. Gemma somehow has the presence of mind to play dead. Gemma somehow escapes from the trunk, whacks Charlie almost unconscious (he’s just about conscious enough to express his bafflement — thanks Chaz). Gemma inexplicably wastes time fumbling around, allowing Charlie to capture her for the second time. His bad aim is no more, as he kills Gemma. From out of nowhere, Siobhan arrives, somehow knowing exactly where to find Charlie. After some
stallingtension building, she shoots him in the head, dead. And did I mention she somehow out-muscled him? Ok, Ringer, have it your way.
- Gemma’s death (RIP). I’m usually for killing a character if their death benefits the story, but the contrived nature of her departure makes it look like a waste of one of the show’s best characters/performers (of course, there may have been other reasons behind the exit). I’ll take Smiling Charlie’s death because, let’s face it, he had it coming. Still, he deserves an RIP as he has contributed to some of the show’s more engaging moments.
6.5/10 Seriable Stars