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The murder mystery builds up to be quite the thriller. Danny is not the only one who seems to have an agenda with everything he does: Most of the characters look like they in one way or another have something to hide. Even though it does not have any explicit violence scenes, it sometimes still manages to be quite scary. The dramatic intrigues are well thought through and never boring.
The plot admittedly drives a lot of the show, but it is also important to have interesting characters in it to make it a bearable show, which it (again, thankfully) does. It has a complicated, mysterious main character that we immediately take pity in, and who we desperately wish is innocent, at the same time we know he has something to hide.
Avan Jogia is brilliant as Danny, as he manages to show huge vulnerability and a tortured soul behind the charismatic, witty, charming and sarcastic character he plays. Danny has more layers than ten onions, and Jogia covers them all with ease. Perfect casting from the showrunners there. Although the two female leads, Madelaine Hasson and Kylie Bunbury, have somewhat less to act on than Jogia does, they both deliver fine performances, and they also do have great chemistry with Jogia.
They are supported by a mostly good supporting cast. Ashton Moio is an absolute revelation as the show's much needed comic relief, who is loyal (if a bit awkward), but also somewhat vulnerable. Moio steals almost every scene he is in with his remarkable comic timing. Sam Robards is always a safe bet. However, I do feel like Denise Richards is terribly miscast. She seems uncomfortable in every single scene she is in.
I strongly recommend to give this show a chance, as it has set a solid plot with solid performances. I give it an 8 out of 10 based on the three first episodes, but chances are it will be even better from now on.
Great while it lasted. Wish they hadn't cancelled this show.
The first half of the season has a clear goal; to solve the mystery of who really killed Regina (a popular student who is murdered in the first episode). Is Danny really guilty, or is someone simply setting him up? The audience is given various clues, and the team behind the show had even set up a site keeping track of all those clues for us. The slow establishment of the characters feels raw, real and interesting.
Then comes the second half of the season. Everything that was properly established in the first half gets thrown out the window. The relationships between the three leads turns into a rather laughable, pathetic love triangle, where in the end Danny realizes that he's always been in love with Jo, leaving Lacey (his initial love interest) out to dry. Every story, every mystery, every single speech any character gives goes back to the character of Jo. Both Danny and Lacey are reduced to secondary characters. While it is essential for television shows to often shift focus so as to generate more interest, in the case of Twisted it lost its core audience completely with this move. Jo is never a likable character. While the actress is able to portray wonderfully the angst of a typical teenage girl, the writing for her is flat and often irritating.
The steady clues are erased. The murder mystery is gone, to be replaced by annoying lovers quarrels. The writers also decided to introduce more characters, none of whom are ever important to the initial plot. The twists make no sense. The reveals are shameful. The entire storyline compares to a hilarious soap opera rather than a mysterious drama.
Perhaps the creators lost sight of what the show was really supposed to be about, and decided to instead cater to the cries of a very small percentage of their audience. Do they regret it? Probably not. It's a shame too, because in the very beginning it looked like this show would be something great, something new and promising.
This drama began when Danny was released from juvenile detention and entered school where Lacey and Jo go 5 years after this incident. Two girls are estranging each other. Jo had been annoyed at first she met him again, but they have returned to friends gradually. But Lacey tried to keep distance from him because she was scared of him as well as other students because of the incident. To make matters worse, that night he entered the best friend of Lacey, Regina, was killed.
The interesting points of this drama are that 1) Why did he kill his aunt. 2)Though the prime suspect in murder of Regina is Danny, did he kill her? 3) What will happen between Danny and the students who hates him and ridicule Jo, and 4) Danny seems good boy and doesn't seem hurt anyone else, but is he really sociopath?
Someone killed someone, someone get blamed. No real idea who the killer is. And the conspiracy continues. Now stretch the plot until the show is cancelled or renewed. Same old ABC family channel Plot. There is another show in ABCF, Pretty Little Liars with almost same conspiracy thing going on. I used to love that show. Now this show and I am bored. if someone did not watch Pretty Little Liars, this show should be entertaining. Overall a good show , I would say.
I liked the first episode so continued to watch. Big mistake, so give it a 4 out of 10 ratting instead of 8 out 10.
Their shows always start with a strong plot, funny, witty and likable characters only for it to degenerate into trash at later episodes, specifically from episode 6-7 onwards.
They mostly all the time ignore premise of their shows only to focus on lovy dovy stuffs which when skipped at times could have well served their series.
I would advice anyone who have noticed and hate this trend in their shows to skip it since its the same (bs) as always.
Besides that this is my favorite show. I wouldn't miss it for anything.they did a great job casting. They couldn't pick a better Danny or Joe. Can't wait for the next season. Sorry if I made any one mad.
The cast are fairly good, slightly weak, but as they get more experience I think their talent will develop. I did feel slightly more invested in the show when they first aired part 1 of season 1 but due to the long break with airing the rest of the season I am losing interest. It was stupid to do as now the suspense has been lost. I think the fact that the network is still yet to renew the show says it all. I just hope the last episode doesn't leave any unanswered questions, but I'm not optimistic.
This is a show with a great premise but it loses its steam when the premise is lost. There is a fascinating pull between Danny's guilt and innocence. However this is lost over time and the show kept scrambling to recover. The show lost all its steam midway through the first season and didn't get renew for the second.