Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The Fine Art of Deception

Television’s winter premiere season is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing these next few months, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do.  This week, we decided to break the mold and do something we’ve only done once before—review the same show!  Will Amber and I agree or disagree after watching NBC’s new primetime murder mystery, Deception?

Deception is the story of two friends—Vivian Bowers (Bree Williamson), the wealthy socialite who is known for her partying, and Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good), Vivian’s childhood best friend.  The only problem is, one must now investigate the murder of the other…

Will Joanna discover who killed Vivian? Or will her undercover operation fail?

So, who killed Vivian Bowers?

The first hour raced by.  I have to say I was impressed with the way the series introduced all of the characters AND hinted as to why each Bowers family member would have had motive to kill Vivian.  Well, almost everyone—I’m still not one hundred percent certain as to why daddy would have wanted to harm his daughter, but I was beginning to by the end of the second episode…

Let’s meet the Bowers:

First, we have the patriarch of the family—Robert Bowers, played by Victor Garber from Alias.  Robert is the founder and CEO of the family’s pharmaceutical company.  He seems to be really torn up about the death of his daughter, more so than the rest of the family anyway.  It’s not really until the second episode that we see why he might have had a hand in his daughter’s murder…  It had to weigh on him that Vivian was sleeping with the man allegedly ready to share the failed details of his company’s latest drug, right?

Did Daddy do it?

Next, we have the step-mother—Sofia, played by Katherine LaNasa from Three Sisters and Judging Amy.  Sofia has made it very clear that she’s the one that cleans up the family’s messes.  Plus, she knows Vivian’s biggest secret and threatened her stepdaughter when she announced it was time to tell the truth.  Just how wicked is this stepmother?

Next, we have the older brother—Edward, played by Tate Donovan from Damages.  All fingers point to good ol’ Eddie, especially since he has a temper and was suspected of strangling and killing another girl years earlier.  Not only that, but his wife (Samantha, played by Marin Hinkle from Two and a Half Men and Once and Again) has taken their children and left him which seems to just add to his anger issues.  Oh, and did I mention Edward’s temper?  Yeah… it was worth mentioning again.

Did “Angry Eddie” kill Vivian?

Next, we have the other brother—Julian, played by Wes Brown from True Blood and Hart of Dixie.  Julian appears to be a lot like Vivian; he loves to party and has a history of drug use.  Plus, for whatever reason, Julian is the one who tossed a ring into the river that seems to match the indentations left on Vivian’s head just before her death.  But did he kill her?  Oh, and Julian is credited with creating the new Bowers’ pharmaceutical drug nearing release—a drug that allegedly caused harm during the testing phase that the family is covering up.  So, if his sister was sleeping with the whistleblower, that clearly gives Julian something to lose…

And finally, we have the little sister—Mia, played by Ella Rae Peck from Gossip Girl.  There’s more to Mia than meets the eye… the first episode hinted to the fact that she might be Vivian’s daughter, which I thought was great.  Then, they confirmed it before the first hour was up, which I thought was a bit fast.  However, doesn’t this give Mia motive?  She seems to be really upset by the death of her sister… but did she know that her sister was really her mother and had been hiding the truth from her all these years?  Hmmm….

Just how much does Mia really know? Enough to make her want to kill?

Of course, there’s also the people outside the family with motive.  Could it be the boyfriend/whistleblower/baby-daddy (Ben, played by Tom Lipinski from Suits)?  How about the loyal Bowers’ handyman who will do anything for his employer?  Surely this list will grow with each additional episode…

But Deception wouldn’t be a murder mystery without the police investigating the crime.  Joanna didn’t go undercover on her own, as much as she wants to know who murdered her best friend, she was sent in by FBI Agent Will Moreno, played by Laz Alonso (Breakout Kings).   Many at the FBI and police department are sick and tired of the Bowers family getting away with murder—literally.  To what extremes will they go to finally take down the entitled family?

Who killed Vivian Bowers?

We may be only three episodes in, but I’m already willing to award the new murder mystery with the MacTV ratingDeception’s not perfect, but it definitely satisfies my cravings.  It’s been years since I’ve had anything on television as dark and twisted as Twin Peaks.  I’m not saying I haven’t had any good murder mysteries on since because everyone knows how I feel about Pretty Little Liars (love it!), but now I can sit back and watch the Bowers family members unravel and reveal more and more about themselves and why they each had motive to kill their beloved Vivian—and this makes me happy.

“How do I know you didn’t do it?” ~ Ben to Edward
“How do I know you didn’t do it?” ~ Edward to Ben
“Who knew Vivian was pregnant?” ~ Robert to both sons, Edward and Julian
“How do I live with this?” ~ Ben
“You know the price for disloyalty in this family.” ~ Sophia to Samantha

So, who killed Vivian Bowers?

Deception does have one downfall as far as I’m concerned though… the series is ending potential story lines and mysteries way too fast.  For one, they hinted at Vivian being Mia’s mother… and then they confirmed it.  Bam!  They introduced a reporter with inside information as a potential informant for Joanna and her undercover investigation… and then killed him.  Bam!  I mean, c’mon.  Slow things down just a bit to add to the intrigue.  But so far that’s my only complaint.

What do you think?  Have you watched Deception?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what she thinks about the new NBC murder mystery.  Did we agree or disagree?  Trust me; we usually have very different tastes in our television viewing pleasure…

Come back next week when Amber and I review something…  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

9 Replies to “Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – The Fine Art of Deception”

  1. I’ve watched the first few episodes because I love a good murder mystery too. I’m not sure yet that I’m going to keep watching. It feels like another Last Resort to me where they’ve boxed themselves into a corner with how long the show can run, and I don’t like to get invested in a show that doesn’t have a long life ahead of it. I’m also concerned by how quickly they reveal the things they hint at. It doesn’t give me enough time to speculate (and that’s half the fun).

  2. You’ll have to keep us posted if you like it. It seems like it would be good and not terribly cheesy. I like Tate Donovan because Damages is amazing! If I can catch the episodes online, this might be one I seek out to stick with.

  3. I didn’t realize it had started already! Oops. Hopefully I can find it on demand so I can catch up. I LOVE Laz Alonso and I’d watch him in anything, so I want to give it a try. Plus, I do love a good mystery and cop shows are kind of my thing. It seems like the perfect show for me. I’m glad to hear you like it.

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