REVIEW: KARLA

CAST

Laura Prepon (That 70s Show)
Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Patrick Bauchau (Panic Room)
Emilie Jacobs (All Over Again)
Alex Boyd (Lost Signal)
Cherilyn Hayres (First Snow)
Tess Harper (The Jackal)
Brandon Routh (Legends of Tomorrow)
Jeff Doucette (Bedazzled)

MV5BNzUyNDAyMzg0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDMwNjg4MDE@._V1_Karla centers around a young Canadian couple who meet and very quickly fall in love with each other: Paul Bernardo (Misha Collins) and Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon, of TV’s “That ’70s Show”). Unfortunately, Paul is mentally unstable, and finds pleasure in raping and sexually abusing women – something Karla wasn’t aware of in the beginning. It begins on Christmas Eve when Karla and Paul end up accidentally killing Karla’s younger sister while trying to make a sex video. While she is disturbed by the entire thing, she is still desperate for love (which she believes she has truly found), so Karla goes along with her husband’s insatiable hunger for sexual violence and power, and takes part in it as well, as he kidnaps young women, makes sex tapes with them, tortures them, and ultimately murders them.MV5BMTczNzU1OTUzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDEwNjg4MDE@._V1_Based on the real-life murders that occurred back in the early ’90s, I found this true-crime flick a fairly disturbing film. I had read a little about the real crimes that happened before, finding that Homolka and Bernardo have been labeled Canada’s most notorious murderers. While I know the basic details of the case, I’m still not all too familiar with the real Karla’s involvement in the murders. In the film she is depicted as an abused woman, weakened by her husband’s manipulative and violent personality. In fear of him, she does as he says, even if that means participating in horrific acts. The main reason she is seen as guilty in the murders is because of her lack of empathy for the victims, and this is clearly shown throughout the film. The problem that I had here though is that I was confused as to how this film was trying to portray her – was it attempting to tell us that Karla was simply an abused, beaten-down person who was coaxed into these crimes? Or was she mentally unstable as well, and participated in the crimes by her own free will? To me it appeared the film was sympathetic towards her, but that’s how I interpreted it. Whatever the real events may have consisted of, the storyline revolving around her character is fairly well constructed, whether it is fictionalized in the real Karla’s favor or not. Good writing is present, and the story is told from Karla’s point of view as she retells the events to a parole officer in hopes of making her way out of prison into the real world.The acting in the film was surprisingly good. Laura Prepon, who gained her fame playing the friendly red-headed girl-next-door in the television sitcom “That ’70s Show”, makes a large departure from her comedy roots, in a powerhouse performance as an extremely dark, and obscure character. She plays the character surprisingly well, and anyone who is immune to seeing her as the spunky, good-hearted Donna on “That ’70s Show” will be quite surprised with this disturbing performance she delivers. The audience can sympathize with her to a certain extent. Again, I am not sure if the real Karla was as innocent as the film portrays her. In the film however, she seems relatively normal, and clearly not as mad as her husband. Her neglect for human life though (and her passive following of her husband) is a sure sign of mental illness. Misha Collins is menacing as well as her abusive and murderous husband – he’s a scary guy. The violence in the film is mostly implicated and not shown, but it’s just as equally effective – the abuse and torture endured by these innocent girls is awful, and stomach churning when projected on screen.MV5BMTc5ODAyOTg4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzEwNjg4MDE@._V1_Overall, “Karla” is a disturbing film. Regardless of the real Karla Homolka’s innocence or guilt in the actual crimes, this is still a really good crime film that holds itself up well. If you see this movie, expect a disturbing and uneasy experience. The story is fairly well told (even if the real facts may be distorted or changed for storytelling purposes), and it is an interesting film to watch, plus there are really good performances to be found.

REVIEW: RINGER

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer (2011)

CAST

Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions)
Kristoffer Polaha (Dollhouse)
Ioan Gruffudd (King Arthur)
Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel)
Mike Colter (Luke Cage)

RINGER PILOT

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures)
Jason Dohring (Veronica mars)
Justin Bruening (Knight Rider 2008)
Tara Summers (Hitchcock)
Zahn McClarnon (Longmire)
Billy Miller (American Sniper)
Jaime Murray (Spartacus: Gods of The Arena)
Andrea Roth (Robocop: The Series)
Gage Golightly (Cabin Fever 2016)
Sean Patrick Thomas (Halloween 8)
Nikki DeLoach (The Trial)
Gregory Harrison (One Tree Hill)
Matthew Del Negro (Teen Wolf)
Jonathan Banks (The Lizzie Bordan Chronicles)
Loren Lester (Batman: TAS)
Drew Powell (Gotham)
Brad Greenquist (Lost Souls)
Misha Collins (Karla)
Nicole Gale Anderson (Beauty and The Beast)
Amber Benson (Buffy)
Brian Hallisay (Hostel: Part III)
Dylan Neal (Arrow)
Maximiliano Hernández (Thor)
Patrick Cox (2 Broke Girls)
Emily Chang (The Vampire Diaries)
Meagan Holder (Pitch)
Alanna Ubach (Waiting…)
Henri Lubatti (Zoo)
Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad)
Vanessa Bell Calloway (Lakeview Terrace)

THE CW UPFRONTS 2011What is the problem with CW that they took this off the air after one season? Yes, season 1 was tied up for the most part, but you knew from the end that there were lots of exciting plots for season 2. The characters were left in limbo. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as twins, Siobhan and Bridget. Bridget is a drug user and prostitute who witnessed a murder and right before she is supposed to testify against the killer, who is a monster, she becomes frightened and takes off for parts unknown. She runs to New York city and to her estranged sister, Siobhan. Siobhan married money, but she’s a piece of work, as you will see.

The Episodes

1) “Pilot”

Bridget Kelly (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a recovering drug addict, witnesses a murder committed by Bodaway Macawi and several members of his gang. FBI agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell) assures her of her safety, but she escapes from her hometown, Wyoming, and takes refuge in New York City with her estranged twin sister Siobhan Martin (Gellar). After the mysterious disappearance of Siobhan on a boat outing, Bridget–believing her sister committed suicide–assumes her sister’s identity, to hide from the FBI and the mob. In the midst of renovation of Siobhan’s loft, Bridget is attacked by an unidentified man; she eventually kills her attacker in self defense.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffudd in Ringer (2011)

2) “She’s Ruining Everything”

Machado chooses to stay in New York City to thorough his research about Siobhan. Bridget, while trying to hide the body of her attacker, confides in her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor Malcolm Ward (Mike Colter); together they develop a getaway plan for her. Siobhan’s best friend Gemma (Tara Summers) and her husband Henry’s (Kristoffer Polaha) fighting escalates and Bridget unexpectedly bonds with her rebellious stepdaughter Juliet (Zoey Deutch). Siobhan is hiding out in Paris with an unknown agenda.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffudd in Ringer (2011)

3)  “If You Ever Want a French Lesson”

Bridget is getting closer to finding Siobhan’s killer by tracing his phone back. But someone is after her, and she will soon discover compromising information about Andrew. Meanwhile, Agent Machado is still in New York City, hunting Bridget, unaware that Bridget is Siobhan. Henry and Gemma have another crisis, but this time regarding their investment in Andrew’s hedge fund. In Wyoming, Malcolm is abducted by the sadistic gangster Bodaway Macawi, who tortures Malcolm in order to locate Bridget’s whereabouts. Elsewhere, Siobhan continues living her solitary life in Paris and basking in her freedom from her old life in which she encounters Tyler (Justin Bruening), a charming banker who is working for one of Andrew’s European branches.ringer_s1e17_andrewSMG

4)  “It’s Gonna Kill Me, But I’ll Do It”

Bridget, Andrew, Gemma, and Henry head to the Hamptons to celebrate Siobhan’s birthday, where Bridget reflects the rough past she and her sister experienced. In Paris, Siobhan uses her feminine charm to continue to lure Tyler closer to benefit her hidden motives for Bridget and Andrew. While Agent Machado uncovers crucial pieces of information, Bridget’s situation worsens when secrets of her own are revealed, leaving the consequences of her lies unknown and in the hands of Gemma.

Zoey Deutch in Ringer (2011)

5) “A Whole New Kind of Bitch”

After Bridget confides her secret in Gemma, she asks Bridget a tricky favor. Henry’s writing career is swaying while Andrew and Juliet’s relationship is not getting any better. Bridget, on the other hand, is meeting another NA sponsor, Charlie (Billy Miller), in a desperate attempt to stay sober. Meanwhile, the captive Malcolm is put in a position that tests his sobriety after Bodaway forces heroin into him, in another attempt to get him to talk on where Bridget is. Gemma disappears and blood is seen all over the wall and floor in Henry and Gemma’s house.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kristoffer Polaha in Ringer (2011)

6) “The Poor Kids Do It Everyday”

Agent Machado focuses his attention on Bodaway Macawi as he investigates Malcolm’s disappearance. In New York, Bridget and Henry are placed in a sticky situation, trying to find out who murdered Gemma. Juliet runs into trouble with a bully, Tessa (Gage Golightly), at her new school but is helped out by her teacher Mr. Carpenter (Jason Dohring).

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ioan Gruffudd in Ringer (2011)

7)  “Oh Gawd, There’s Two of Them?”

Bridget is forced to reveal that she has a twin to Andrew and Henry as the police begin questioning them about Gemma’s disappearance. She also asks Charlie for his help in finding Gemma. Unknown to Bridget, Charlie is revealed to be Siobhan’s contact and Gemma’s attacker. Meanwhile, Malcolm escapes from Bodaway’s thugs and heads to New York. After Bridget sees him she collapses and whilst in hospital the doctors want to check on the baby. After Juliet is in a car accident with her friend, Monica (Nicole Gale Anderson), Andrew cuts off her $10 million trust fund in punishment.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mike Colter in Ringer (2011)

8)  “Maybe We Can Get a Dog Instead”

Bridget lies to Andrew about having had a miscarriage when the nurse reveals that there is no baby. After Juliet flirts with Mr. Carpenter, he transfers her out of his class. Malcolm arrives in New York and is confronted by Agent Machado. Tyler comes to New York and meets Bridget, who he believes is Siobhan/Cora. Siobhan tells Tyler that she is married to Andrew and that she was having marriage problems, even though it was Bridget that Tyler saw in New York.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Billy Miller in Ringer (2011)

9)  “Shut Up and Eat Your Bologna”

Bridget realizes she’s growing fond of Andrew. Henry and Andrew’s business partner bond; Malcolm has doubts about Bridget’s new NA sponsor; and Bridget decides to meet Siobhan’s therapist, Dr. Anabel Morris (Merle Dandridge), in order to gain insight into her sister’s life and learns that Siobhan sometimes went by the alias Cora Farell. Elsewhere, Gemma is being held captive by Charlie in his basement.

"That's What You Get Trying to Kill Me" -- Chris Polaha as Henry, Emily Swallow as Detective Saldana, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Siobhan Martin/Bridget Kelly and Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Martin on Ringer on The CW.

10)  “That’s What You Get for Trying to Kill Me”

In New York, Bridget and Malcolm discover and inform the police that Charlie is holding Gemma. Upon realizing he is close to being caught, he tells Siobhan he wants double his pay, otherwise he will kill Gemma. Bridget and Andrew get even closer, while Juliet continues to dangerously flirt with her teacher Mr. Carpenter. She also claims that he raped her to new friend Andrea (Chelsea Tavares). While in Paris, Siobhan is trying to fix things with Tyler. In Wyoming, thanks to an informant (Amber Benson), Agent Machado discovers someone on the force is passing information to Bodaway. Charlie kills Gemma even though Siobhan told him not to, and Siobhan travels to New York to stop Charlie from killing Gemma. When she finds out it is too late, she shoots Charlie because he killed Gemma, and to make sure he doesn’t hurt anyone else.

 

11) “It Just Got Normal”

While the relationship between Bridget and Andrew grows more intimate, Bridget learns about the alleged rape of Juliet, leading to a confrontation between her and Mr. Carpenter. Since the murders of Gemma and Charlie, Siobhan has decided to remain in New York for a while and tries to learn more information about Bridget and her former life with a little help from an unsuspecting Tyler. Back in Wyoming, Agent Machado interrogates Jimmy and learns some new information, putting Bridget’s cover as Siobhan at risk, and uncovers some news about Malcolm. Back in New York, Bridget offers to host a fundraiser that her friend Greer (Mädchen Amick) is holding for Juliet’s school and discovers that Greer knew one of Siobhan’s deep dark secrets. Meanwhile, Malcolm decides to work for Andrew at Martin/Charles in order to keep an eye on him, and Henry mourns the death of his wife. Siobhan discovers that Bridget has settled into her former life more easily than Siobhan expected and she is determined to change that by interacting with everyone to turn them against her… and being careful not to run into Bridget, who still does not know that she is still alive nor of her evil agenda.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Andrea Roth in Ringer (2011)

12) “What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?”

Juliet’s mother, Catherine (Andrea Roth), is back in town in order to support her daughter during her lawsuit, but she is messing with the whole family, causing all kinds of trouble. The real Siobhan is coping with Henry and Tyler while selling Bridget’s engagement ring to buy a fake passport. Meanwhile, Detective Machado is trying to get information from Jimmy. Bridget investigates the Pivoine Hotel mystery and ends up hearing about some guy named Solomon. Henry is on to Siobhan who he thinks is in reality Bridget. Juliet’s rape story is put into question when a tape is discovered showing her hitting on Mr. Carpenter. In prison, Jimmy is making a pact with Bodaway to get out, revealing where Bridget is while Bridget finds out that Siobhan went to Wyoming before she reached out for help. Against all odds, Tessa shows up at the Martins, claiming she was also raped by Mr. Carpenter. Siobhan finally shows Henry the truth that Bridget is the one living the lie with Andrew and that she is still pregnant with his child.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kristoffer Polaha in Ringer (2011)

13) “It’s Easy to Cry When This Much Cash Is Involved”

Bridget decides to enlist Solomon’s (Sean Patrick Thomas) help in order to retrace Siobhan’s last steps and discovers her connection to John/Charlie. Meanwhile, Juliet’s trial against Mr. Carpenter is dismissed when Tessa admits she lied about him attacking her, and after he attempts to sue Andrew he is given a substantial amount of money to settle out of court. It is then revealed this was the plan all along set up between Mr. Carpenter, Juliet, and Tessa to get at Andrew’s money. Elsewhere, Henry is blackmailed by Olivia to bring Gemma’s wealthy lawyer father on as a client at Martin/Charles. On the other hand, Siobhan struggles to keep everything together as Henry and Tyler become suspicious that she is using both of them and Bridget continues to inadvertently ruin her, as yet, unclear plans.

14) “Whores Don’t Make That Much”

Following her investigations from the last episode, Bridget takes Malcolm to Siobhan’s secret office only to find it empty. Back in the Martin’s apartment, Bridget gets a call that causes her to remember what drove her apart from her sister. Flashbacks from seven years ago reveal Siobhan’s troubled relationship with Dylan (Misha Collins), an ex-boyfriend who dumped her after she got pregnant, but after a few years wants to prove that he was a changed man. Bridget, who is babysitting Siobhan’s son, Sean, allows Dylan to take Sean out just for one day despite Siobhan forbidding it. On their way home, Dylan asks Bridget if she can support him when he files to be Sean’s legal guardian, and a car hits them in the middle of the road, killing Sean in the process. Back in the present day, Bridget, as Siobhan, forgives Dylan after understanding that what happened was an accident, and not necessarily their fault. In the meantime, after finding out that Henry has got the key to Siobhan’s Safe deposit box, Malcolm, who’s helping Bridget to find out who’s chasing her, decides to keep an eye on Henry. Juliet’s scheme takes a dark path when Tessa is brutally attacked after buying a car with Andrew’s money, which causes Juliet to believe Mr. Carpenter did it. She then tells her father that she is willing to live with her mother in Miami for a “change of scenery”. That leads to the revelation that Catherine was the one who had the idea for the scheme.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kristoffer Polaha in Ringer (2011)

15) “P.S. You’re an Idiot”

Andrew asks Bridget (thinking she is Siobhan) to renew their vows and they begin planning a wedding ceremony, with Juliet as the Maid of honor. Siobhan, visiting an OB/GYN in Paris, learns she is having twins but doesn’t tell Henry that the conception date means the baby may be Andrew’s. Malcolm is fired when he is caught stealing information from Olivia’s computer, and later tells Bridget that Andrew’s company is running a Ponzi scheme. Catherine is romantically involved with Mr. Carpenter but then steals his money and blackmails him into leaving Juliet alone. It is also revealed that Andrew came up with the Ponzi scheme and that Catherine paid someone to attack Tessa, but to roughen her up, not beat her severely.


16) “You’re Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail”

Andrew confides in Bridget (who he thinks is Siobhan) about running a giant Ponzi scheme, which fills her with doubt and fear as she debates on what to do. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Agent Machado’s past relationship with his informant, the murder victim/stripper Shaylene Briggs (Nikki DeLoach), was more than professional. Siobhan deceives Malcolm when she pretends to be Bridget in order to remove him from the scene. In Paris, Tyler takes something from Siobhan that is a key piece of evidence in her plot for revenge against Andrew. Andrew tells Olivia that Bridget (who is acting as Siobhan) is aware of their Ponzi scheme and she suggests they take action to keep Malcolm, Bridget (acting as Siobhan) and Tyler quiet. Also, Henry realizes Bridget knows more than she should and has to follow Siobhan’s orders to keep Bridget from interfering with their plans.

Ioan Gruffudd and Jaime Murray in Ringer (2011)

17) “What We Have Is Worth the Pain”

Bridget fears that something has happened to Malcolm when she cannot get in touch with him. In an effort to find him, Bridget, with Solomon in tow, visits the hotel where Malcolm was staying and discovers on security footage that Andrew was the last person to see Malcolm before he disappeared. She suspects that Andrew may have killed Tyler as well as Malcolm. Solomon also reveals to Bridget that he has known all along that she was impersonating Siobhan. Meanwhile, Juliet discovers that her mother played a part in the attack on Tessa after Juliet meets a young man with a distinctive tattoo on his right arm by which Tessa identifies him as her assailant. Siobhan travels back to New York where she admits to Henry the truth about why she faked her own death and that Andrew and Olivia are in fact the ones behind the attempts on her life. Elsewhere, Agent Machado arrives back in New York to look for Malcolm and begins to suspect that Andrew may have had a hand in his disappearance.Sarah Michelle Gellar and Zoey Deutch in Ringer (2011)

18)  “That Woman’s Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life”

After an attempt made on Bridget’s life results in Andrew being shot, Agent Machado is more determined than ever to find out who was responsible and what Bridget (still impersonating Siobhan) knows about it. Henry accuses Siobhan of putting a hit out on Bridget, which Siobhan denies, while Bridget thinks the missing Olivia was behind it as well as the murder of Tyler. Meanwhile, Andrew admits to asking Malcolm to leave town and Juliet tells Bridget the truth about her mother.

19) “Let’s Kill Bridget!”

Henry grows impatient with Siobhan’s plan and tells her she needs to let go of her murderous revenge plot against both Andrew and Bridget or they cannot be together. Bridget decides that the only way she will feel safe is if she gives up her charade of impersonating Siobhan and returns to Wyoming to testify against the sadistic Bodaway Macawi. Agent Machado gets suspended from the FBI after he beats up a suspect in full view of witnesses. Later, he gets an idea to make Bodaway Macawi think Bridget’s dead, since that’s what he wants. The plan ends up going down terribly wrong and reveals that Catherine wants Siobhan dead.Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kristoffer Polaha in Ringer (2011)

20 “If You’re Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It”

Still posing as Siobhan, Bridget admits to Agent Machado that someone tried to kill her months earlier and she thought it was Andrew. Bridget goes to Henry’s apartment, where the very pregnant Siobhan overhears Bridget accuse Henry of Tyler’s murder. At the same time, Henry learns that his father-in-law is responsible for his arrest for Tyler’s murder and also has an agenda to use the flash drive to work for him. Meanwhile, Catherine goes to desperate extremes to kill Siobhan by attempting suicide to play on Juliet’s sympathies.

21) “It’s Called Improvising, Bitch!”

Andrew catches Catherine trying to fake Bridget’s suicide, so she holds them both hostage along with Juliet. Running out of options, Catherine calls Olivia, who is revealed to be her lover. Olivia tells Catherine to bring Bridget to her house, so they can run away together. When Catherine and Bridget arrive, Agent Machado arrests Catherine, having heard the conversation at the apartment after Bridget secretly calls him. Meanwhile, the main witness against Henry dies of a drug overdose and Siobhan gives birth to twin girls. Henry asks the nurse for a paternity test, showing his doubts about Siobhan.Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ioan Gruffudd, and Zoey Deutch in Ringer (2011)

22) “I’m the Good Twin”

As the vow renewal nears, Bridget realizes she needs to tell Andrew the truth about who she really is, but worries about losing everything. Jimmy has escaped from prison and demands that Bridget (who he believes is Siobhan) give him part of the cash for scaring Bridget away where she finally learns that Siobhan and Charlie hired him to scare her into fleeing Wyoming. Afterwards, Bodaway demands Jimmy reveal where Bridget is, and after getting an answer, he kills Jimmy with a knife in cold blood. Agent Machado is deported back to Colorado where he is ordered to stay off the Bodaway case. Back in New York, Tim Arbogast, Gemma’s father, believing that Siobhan was responsible for Gemma’s death, becomes the new owner of Martin/Charles Inc. and tells Andrew that Siobhan has been having an affair with Henry over the past year. Andrew is furious and cancels their vow renewal and announces that he and Siobhan are getting divorced. Now forced to do so, Bridget finally tells Andrew and Juliet the truth about who she really is. Unfortunately, they both take the news very badly, with Juliet calling Bridget worse than her own mother. Andrew and Juliet take a leave to the Hamptons after Andrew tells Bridget that she now has one month to move out. Meanwhile, Henry steals Siobhan’s money (that she stole from Andrew) and kicks her out of his house after he begins to mistrust her, including finding out that he’s not the biological father of her twins. Siobhan returns to her old apartment to steal all the jewelry that once was hers. Bodaway then attacks her believing she’s Bridget, and the real Bridget then shows up and after a brief struggle she kills him, thinking he was attacking Juliet. Agent Machado arrives after getting Bridget’s call and reassures her that Andrew and Juliet are safe in the Hamptons. At the hospital, Siobhan, now broke and homeless, tries to think of a way to get her old life back. Later, Solomon shows Bridget security footage that shows Siobhan was alive on the day of her “suicide” talking with Charlie. Bridget angrily confronts Henry, who after being punched by Andrew earlier, finally tells Bridget the truth about her sister. A horrified Bridget then says: “Siobhan wanted me dead?”MV5BOTk1NDQ3MjY0M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzMxMTM0MjE@._V1_This show was a great suspense show and really needed closure, sadly that was not meant to be, we didn’t even get a dvd release.