Twisted Season 1 Finale Review: Just Say No to Jo

Twisted S01E19: "A Tale of Two Confessions"


What do you do with a show like Twisted? It has a phenomenal—honestly, phenomenal cast. Great production values. Cozy-ass setting. Fantastic, witty dialogue. It’s admirably conscientious about representation, and one of those rare teen shows that both acknowledges and supports gay romantic storylines. But unfortunately the writers’ room is determined to kill all suspense, which is strange considering suspense is possibly the most crucial element in a weekly mystery-thriller.

As I mentioned in my review of Twisted's winter premiere, the series excised a lot of what was unique about it when it revealed that charismatic Danny had never been a child murderer. Gone was a lot of the edgy tension that had set Twisted apart from a thousand other teen dramas. Danny was no longer an enigma, he was a wronged hero... and kind of unbelievably noble? Still, the show could have coasted by on its love triangle and soapier elements; there was enough of a fanbase for Lacey, Danny, and Jo as characters that the writers could have teased their various relationships indefinitely. But no, now they’ve gone and undermined THAT tension, too. Danny told Jo she was “always the one,” to which I say:


Maddie Hasson is a good actress doing a fine job, but Jo as written is well-nigh unendurable. Jo shrilly defended Danny at every turn when she thought he was a sociopathic murderer, but after she learned for a FACT he had not killed his aunt AND witnessed him killing Vikram in self defense, at THAT point she turned on him and told him he was a pre-meditated murderer and as bad as his father? Way to blow a season's worth of character-building AND make your proxy look extremely petty, show.

Adding to my frustration with Jo is that no matter many times Lacey tried to renew their friendship, Jo started sucking her teeth over the friendship they COULD have had, if Lacey had not grown as a person between ages of 11 and 16. While Jo can forgive Danny for just about anything, Jo's anger toward Lacey is as bottomless as her sweater drawer. And let's be real, Jo has the most comfortable situation on this show, even if she devotes all her time to pitying herself for getting her ass involved with other people’s problems. I’m sure whoever broke this season’s arc thought Jo would be the lovable, loyal underdog we’d all be rooting for in the face of the stereotypical "pretty-girl bitch" Lacey, but if that's the case, Lacey Porter was woefully miscast, because Kylie Bunbury has made the character so damned likable.


Bunbury has delivered a consistently nuanced, sympathetic, and endearing portrait of Lacey that’s turned a “popular mean girl” stereotype into something vulnerable, unique, and very human. Lacey and Danny have insane chemistry, and despite the fact Danny and Jo have lied to her at every turn, she’s been more loyal to Danny than even Jo has been. For Danny to consistently shun, cold-shoulder, and ultimately desert Lacey in favor of the increasingly petulant Jo not only felt disconnected to what we were seeing onscreen, but sort of hilarious. I mean, the premise is that these three are Ultimate Best Friends, except neither Danny nor Jo ever talks to Lacey, apparently? Lacey is a compelling character and watching her be left out in every episode since the winter premiere felt like a  contradiction of the relationship-building she and Danny had done. If there is one lesson this show wants you to walk away with, it’s that lying to protect people WILL ONLY HURT THEM.


As for Danny: Let me say upfront, Avan Jogia is a classic romantic lead in the style of Clark Gable and Brad Pitt. He’s got that swagger. But Danny's gone from being a suave vessel for Jogia’s charm to becoming an indefensible loony who's too neurotically hung up on his own moral purity to ever, ever stop complaining. It's really saying something that both Jo and Lacey, his diehard childhood forever-friends, got completely fed up with him this season for categorically refusing to chill.

Sure, when he was (unfairly) treated as a sociopath, Danny’s angst was understandable. But after he was cleared for murder, pushed his dad off a cliff purely in SELF DEFENSE, and gotten a cool $10 million in the bargain, Danny’s tetchiness seemed almost on the verge of OCD. Like, Danny, you killed your dad but honestly it wasn’t your fault. You can finish out high school without spending 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year being secretly moody/angry that people don’t know why you’re moody. Danny’s refusal to enjoy life because he was a “murderer” for not letting his dad kill both himself and Jo was a major weak point in the motivations for the season. Human beings have way more of a sense of self-preservation than that. 

Not to mention the fact that if Danny loved Lacey the way that, to all appearances, he did in the first half of the season, he would've immediately told her all the intricacies of his night at Post Church. He was, at the very least, very good friends with her. But the writers thought it would be more interesting to make Danny purposefully evasive with Lacey, and then wasteful with a $10 million fortune. His thoughtless flippancy with money and other people’s feelings, coupled with his penchant for relaxed-fit formal wear, turned him into a Halloween costume Tommy Wiseau via The Room.


And his reactions to people reaching out to him started feeling like one long, eternally repeating fever dream. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF his interactions with other characters went as follows:

1. Danny acts really weird

2. Friend/parent asks about it

3. Danny gets super evasive

4. Friend/parent tells him he’s being evasive

5. Danny screams, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!”

6. Friend/parent is like, "Uh, yeah, because you aren’t telling me anything!"

7. Danny is like, “It’s for your own good!”

8. Friend/parent is like, “ZZZZzzzzzzz.”

SO MANY go-nowhere exhanges. If you cut out every time a character said “I need to talk to you,” you’d cut approximately two hours out of this series. And the ensuing conversations just underlined information we already had. If a season of television is a chili burrito, Twisted had so many potatoes in this half-season, by which I mean filler. Anyway, with Danny clouding his charm with insufferable angsty fits and Jo being super “eff you” about everything for no reason and Lacey problematically barred from main storylines, viewers were left to admire Charlie and enjoy Rico and Andie.

I will never stop praising Ashton Moio. He’s a natural, he's hilarious, he's too big for his role. It’s hard to take your eyes off him when he’s onscreen. But he was sucked down into a B-story vortex when a girlfriend with no ties to the main action of the series showed up. Their love story was sweet and naturalistic, but it felt like a disservice to both actors that they were stranded on No-Stakes B-Story Island all season long.

At least there was newcomer Charlie, right? Talk about fantastic casting: Jack Falahee is incredible bro! He managed to be compelling and creepy-yet-intriguing in the grand style of Christian Slater in Heathers, despite having to spout 90 percent exposition at all times. 


Poor Charlie had to spend the last two episodes in an Expository Fugue to help the climax crystallize, undermining the goodwill he’d built with the audience. His backstory became ludicrously improbable: Like, he got arrested and thrown in juvie so he could spend time with Danny, and then fortuitously BECAME DANNY'S ROOMMATE?! What are the odds, writers? What are the odds? (THE ODDS ARE ZERO DUH COME ON NOW.)

I’ll admit that the adoption plotline is so audaciously dark (the first baby died?!?!?! But it wasn’t her baby?!?!!?) and convoluted (thank goodness they decided to sledgehammer that desk) that it’s almost intriguing. Still, it’s also sort of a gothic trope to have a character Become Evil because he or she was given up for adoption, and the whiff of incest was one boundary I frankly didn’t need Twisted to push.

In terms of other newcomers, Jack and Whitney are fair-enough new characters, (Whitney! Another fantastic casting! Brianne Howey is smart and edgy, and you want to believe her even when you know you shouldn’t!) but the father and daughter also had their characters’ tension lopped off at the knees during this finale. "A Tale of Two Confessions" made it clear not only that they’re cartoonish, mustache-twirling baddies but also that they're somehow in cahoots with Charlie? Sure. You know what, if Charlie can randomly end up as Danny’s bunkmate in juvie, I guess in this world anything convenient to annoying the Desai family can happen. 


Charlie’s relation to Jo, Whitney’s chaos, and the Desai family fortune could have been compelling threads, but with Twisted making it clear that Danny is all about Jo, I don’t know if I can sit through that bad romance. Jo is just so completely undeserving of all the under-developed romantic interest being thrown her way, and so inconsistent with how she reacts to it (“Danny Staaaaahp” girl WHAT?! U LOVED HIM ALL UR LIFE), that I’m starting to grind my teeth whenever she walks onscreen. And she walks onscreen a lot! Meanwhile Lacey, who's easily the most compelling female character on the show, is getting exiled to B-story Island with Whitney? The promise of three best friends solving a murder has turned into three best friends constantly worried about Jo Masterson and her family. And frankly, that’s not enough stakes for me.


QUESTIONS:

... Danny being into Jo: a WTF moment?

... Danny being married to his pain: tedious?

... Lacey: relegated too much to sidelines?

... Do you miss Rico? Why can’t he and Andie do cool stuff as well?

... Does Jo as an audience proxy make you want to stop watching?

... Is the adoption storyline so soapy that it’s genius, or what?

... Do you wish Whitney had been left ambiguous a little bit longer?

... Did that post-production gunshot after the credits make you feel unspeakable rage?

... Will you watch a second season of Twisted if it gets renewed?


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I knew it had been cancelled before I watched the first season but I am so pissed that that is how it ended.
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Does that gunshot at the end mean charlie is definitely dead coz he was by far the most interesting character
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The reason Jo turned her back on Danny is because she was her that he was with Lacey when she was in love with him. You can tell from the start that Danny and Jo had something special. This show has helped me understand myself through the characters. Danny stays cool about the murder because he may be a sociopath. The show is still about their friendship and the struggles it brings and the struggles Danny has to deal with. I hope they have a season 2 so we can see how the characters have grown with the events that have happened on the show especially in the last episode.
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A humorless, "Clueless", with a Twist. (The Beverly Hills venue, clothes only a Trust funder can afford, spiffy dialogue, and a sinister, convoluted plot...)

First the bad news: Denise Richards is no actress any longer. She's an emaciated stick figure apparently obsessed with becoming a skeleton. Her legs such as they are look like they will snap like a frozen string bean, and those platform spiky heels that must cost a thousand dollars a shoe are ridiculous on a woman her age. She should have been replaced in episode 2.

Hung in till episode 14 and then my interest was killed off by the angst Danny acquires after a righteous killing of Vikram, whom we never did come to know ---by what appeared to be a strong character---- however evil he was.

I could look at Kylie Bunbury forever, she is that attractive and natural (they are all excellent actors though, well cast). Marginalizing her after episode 14 was the coup de gras for me.

No, I don't want a second season unless the writers are replaced with fresh, somewhat 'sensible surprises' not off the wall crap like Desai acting very very cool while under the suspicion of murder and then acting like an infant when he's cleared. The follow through on that is anti-Danny Desai, completely out of character, as if the original writers handling his role were replaced with interns.

But give Bunbury a leading role of her own in another series. She at least deserves that shot.





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Repost: This whole 1B was a joke. It was like watching a really, really bad Scooby Doo episode. And I love Scooby Doo. I mean, really. Especially towards the end.
This is how it went: The whole gang busts in through door and who do they find as the villian: CHARLIE!
Fred (Danny): Oh, no gang! He's captured Jo! We have to save her!
Daphne (Lacey): Jeepers Fred (Danny)!
Velma (Jo): Ahh, Jinkies! Help! (again)
Scooby and Shaggy (Kyle and Tess): Zoinks! Unhand her you fiend! Reah!!!!

This was all atrocious.
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Repost: Why does everyone keep saying to "be a fan" and just enjoy the show? Umm, because the characters of the show that drew us in, from the beginning, are being reduced to Sarita level. And why would we sit down and enjoy a show that's focusing on one character for majority of the season? That's silly and ridiculous and it loses it's appeal, hence the low ratings.

If well known critics and reviewers and unbiased bloggers/viewers are saying the exact same thing Lacey fans are saying, it's time for you Jo fans to stop promoting things that don't work.


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Repost: It is an absolute travesty that Twisted failed to live up to the premise of 3 friends reconnecting/renewing friendships. That the friendship has been demolished for the tired pretense of a boring love triangle. Why must female "friends" be pitted against each other over a boy? The intrigue and uniqueness of the show was gone when 1B turned into the "Jo" show instead of focusing on the a "16 yr old returning from Juvie and trying to reconnect with his 2 childhood friends." TPTB sacrificed originality for mediocre 'teen drama'. Shame, especially with a talented cast being sacrificed. Ratings = fans and critics' disenchantment. Disenchantment does not produce profit dollars when viewers have tuned out.
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Repost: LOL, this all I saw when watching Twisted:

Vikram – We saw Vikram like what, three times and then boom, dead? WTF? And how many affairs did this guy have? Like, dang. He’s been sleeping with the whole town since high school! And what’s with the company? No other explanations? Is he a spy? A serial killer? A mafia member? Like really? Were/are they ever going to explain this?

Tara – Still don’t know why Tara died and I pray it’s not because of Charlie because that makes NO freaking sense and this show really doesn't need any more reasons to make LESS sense. Because really, she died because of freaking Charlie and his crazy butt?? What, does he have, the cure to cancer or something? Why would they kill the person who raised him for Charlie? All this drama over Charlie? That’s what they want us to believe?? I can’t even.

Charlie: This is hat happens when you split children up from the rest of their biological siblings and when you leave children alone too long. Crazy Charlie...

Regina – Still don’t know why she was killed. Still don’t know why she had Tara’s necklace. Still don’t know why she was paid to keep quiet and still don’t know how she knew Vikram. But uhh, none of that is important anymore! So, moving along…

Jake and Whitney – Really?? MORE bad people!? How many people in that town are bad or part of that company?!!?!? Like seriously! Holy crap. But I mean, of course they did that to their characters. We all know the show doesn't want Lacey with any friends, lovers, family, good reputation or anything really. And we all know Danny really needs one more frickin thing to screw up his life by taking away the only “good” male role model for him that he’s had recently.

Tess – For the love of Frickin peace. WHY did they keep showing her AND give her a mini plot? Ahh, that’s right, to keep Jo’s family relevant and continue joining the Desai and Masterson family together. And this whole baby mess?? First it’s a girl she had at a farmhouse upstate, and now it’s a boy because Vikram lied to her but she didn't want to know the sex of the baby but somehow found out the “false” sex of the baby that she was hiding from everyone and that she didn't want to see? But if she didn't want to know the sex of the baby, what? Did Vikram just ignore her wishes and blurt it out? I mean, what the h3ll?? You mean to tell me she didn't know what came out of her "yahoo" and she just believed Vikram and called it a day??? She just handed the baby over to him like it was nothing and watched him leave? And why was he there with her again??? I thought no one was supposed to know! And NO ONE knew (except Vikram) that Tara was raising Charlie? See? This nonsense right here.

Karen – Were they EVER going to give her more of a plot and story-line? Why didn't she already have all of that? She’s the mother of the MAIN CHARACTER!!!! Did they really make Vikram the point of her whole life and existence? "Oh, you know. I’m just the mother who keeps being played by all of the men in my life, who happens to have $10 million now and i'm hooking up with a possible bad guy right now with his just as equally bad daughter.” Is that her life?? Really? And I would've believed Charlie as Karen’s son more than Tess. Charlie’s story-line would've worked WAYYYYY better with Danny/Karen than the pre-incest story-line with Jo/Charlie/Tess! And it definitely would've made more sense.

Kyle – Does this man stay at his job? Is that all he does? Did he not have any connection with Vikram? I mean, everyone else apparently did since high school . I mean there’s nothing else to his story-line? He's just there for legal purposes, really?

Rico and Andie: Everyone loves them. They're so cute!

Lacey – Her dad coming out…oh, wait that’s it. Ok, her mom…who hasn't been seen ever again. Alright, her sister…who’s never been seen, at all. Ok, really this time. Her friends……oh, yeah they abandoned her…..Wait, ok,……..That sex tape!!!!!……….which wasn't discussed ever again and made her lose her popularity status. Oh, ohh!!!! But that lesbian kiss she had with Whitney though………who now turns out to be a possible enemy and who is also no longer her friend anymore…………ok…….BUT, remember when she was with Danny, her now ex who has been crushing on her and vice-versa since childhood, who left her in a matter of days for his other bestfriend, who he thought of and told was a sister only and didn't even blink an eyelash for in 1A. Lacey, she……..dang! Well, at least she’s pretty and has a wonderful personality, cause that’s it with her character…

Jo – *Error! Sorry! Talking about Jo requires multiple posts and will probably take days to complete. You do not have enough space to complete this action. Your session will end now.*

Danny – The main character that went to juvie for five years for a murder he didn't commit that was actually done by his own father. Currently he is on break from solving that mystery and other secrets involving his messed up life/family at the moment to make Jo his priority for no other reason other than Lacey telling him to say, "Jo is the one". Obsessively, he had to protect Jo from who knows what and make her “the one” right after telling Lacey he loved her. As soon as Danny gets back to the main storyline, we will let you know. Thank you.

Clearly, there needs a season two to find these things out but uhh, things really need to be fixed and explained.
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Repost: The failing of this show had nothing to do with bad promotion. Clearly, everyone knew about it. If you didn’t know about the show by now, you weren’t paying attention or you just didn’t care enough to watch it. There was plenty of promotions and advertisements. If you knew about and/or had time to watch Pretty Little Liars, Fosters, Switched at Birth or anything else during those times, you're lying about not knowing about Twisted. This show was everywhere. You can blame it on not being able to watch it somehow or another, but bad advertisement? Nah.

Ratings shouldn't “marinate” over time to get better. If your show has to “brew and cook” to get better, your plan for the show is/was whack. Ratings should’ve been higher than they were for this show in the second part. The Foster's didn't flop in ratings. Pretty Little Liars didn't flop in ratings. Switched at Birth didn't flop in ratings. I think a part of it has something to do with the writing… Just saying.

1A: Lacey & Danny = High/er/est ratings. (Viewer Rating Average= 1.624)
1B: Jo & Danny = Low/er/est ratings (Viewer Rating Average = 0.726)
First half good. Second half bad. Why are we promoting Jo again??! If something doesn't work, STOP USING IT! When did this show even become about shipping?!? It needs to be about Danny. This is a murder/mystery show. Go back to it.

Stop saying this second half of the season or the last few episodes were the best. No, it wasn't. Look at the ratings. They weren't surprising, shocking, exciting, new, grand, great, awesome, wonderful, or worthwhile. It had little to do with DVD/online/store sales or people not watching on Tuesdays. It just sucked and it was a disaster. Majority of the people did not want to watch Jo and Danny’s fingertip – ET moment or their grand 5 second hugging moment. This second half was a train wreck. So, if there’s a next season, lets all get our minds straight and promote real things that work and doesn't cause low ratings. Lets try that!
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Repost: Exactly! Ratings down equates bad writing and bad story telling. No matter how many "save this show" campaigns go around, unless the writing changes and the new show runner is fired, this show is doomed to fail. Perhaps a petition to fire Chuck Pratt Jr. would have served a better purpose. This half of the season was bad and such a waste.
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Repost: If your story-line doesn't work, you shouldn't be promoting it. If you’re shipping a “couple” that’s not popular, or agreed upon by the majority of the viewers, I’m sorry, but you need to stop forcing it, especially if your “couple” is the one causing so much problems and issues and putting a whole show on possible cancellation. I’m sorry, it’s just ridiculous. It’s ok to ship a couple you like, but sometimes you need to keep those thoughts to yourself. Meant to be and THINK should be, are two different things and now that’s what this show has come down to to save it.

Who wants to watch a show that doesn't work anymore since it was just fine previously or has the “possibility” of getting better if we give it a chance? If Jo fans weren't so caught up in their fantasy ship, we wouldn't be here. I mean, if you’re going to make it the “Jo Show”, do it completely and just let Lacey’s character go. We’ll find a better show for Kylie Bunbury to star in. Just let the show be about Jo and Danny and call it a day and work it from there. That’s what Jo fans want, right? So, then do it. Don’t tease and mess around. It just wasn't worth downgrading Lacey’s character into a side character the equivalent of Archie. I mean, come on. Rico’s character with Andie, had more show time and everyone thinks that’s ok? They're side characters and they had more time than Lacey. Jo fans are just sitting there like, “Oh, well. Lacey’s character wasn't that important. More for Jo!” Even Danny’s screen time has been reduced and this show is about him! You all (Jo fans) are shoving Jo’s character down everyone’s throat and you think everyone (else) was just going to accept it and move on? That’s not realistic. If you think that’s ok, YOU are the problem. YOU are the reason this show is failing. This is why the show is possibly cancelling, among other things and it’s a shame.

Seriously? With these petitions and donations and everything, what are you really saving? Because there’s not much to save if it’s only going to be about Jo and Danny. If they have a second season, something is going to have to be done about Lacey’s character. They’re going to have to make that whole season or half at least, about her or something. It has to even out somehow and make it back to the storyline of three character leads again and go back to making it about DANNY! This is his show! Some things just should’ve been left alone because other things just don’t work.

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Repost: The producers and writers of this show are playing around and throwing random things together and hoping for the best. It’s like they went on that ridiculous JoShow Facebook page for material for the second part of the show because they ran out of ideas and then what do you know?! The Jo Show season half! And don’t even get me started on the rest of this random JoShow half. It just all seems too random and nothing connects or seems consistent. It just seems so thrown together just to make the emphasis that Jo and Danny and their families should be together – for no other reason other than Vikram, Tess and Karen. And Lacey and the other characters are just there to be little pauses and breaks in the episodes so it won’t be too “serious”.

Lacey’s character WAS played. I don’t know what goes on in those meeting/writing rooms, but someone is not making the right decisions. I also wish for it to go back to the Danny show. Even though the original writers of 1A have already stated in interviews that there wasn't supposed to be this ship war and that was supposed to be about Lacey and not all about Jo, this was about Danny, his past and his family and should have been occasionally been about Lacey and Jo. Even Avan was tired of Jo in his last interview. Jo didn't do anything but whine and complain, but she gets everything?

And I think it's real hypocritical for Jo fans to be saying that Lacey fans are just complaining because they aren't getting their way when Jo fans have everything they weren't supposed to have in the first place. Oh, yeah. Let's let Lacey have the second season even though she's the main lead female character? And yeah, how dare Lacey get mad at HER BOYFRIEND for ONCE AGAIN getting involved in things with JO!? Darn her with her COMMON SENSE! How dare she get mad at her boyfriend for once again having another secret kept from her even though Jo can know!? How dare she get mad for having ANOTHER moment with HER BOYFRIEND get taken away from her because he's always with Jo, the person he's not dating or should be with?! How dare she want Danny to treat Jo like nothing else other than a friend because that's all she was!? How dare she get upset that Jo is once again, right there, ALL THE TIME!? Oh, darn. How about that? That darn superficial Lacey!

Seriously? WTF? Are you all really this blind and naive? You Jo fans are just like Jo: Delusional with a side of no common sense whatsoever. I mean, how many clues do you need to tell you that somethings not working?! If something didn’t work, time to change it. Simple as that. They put WAY too much emphasis on the relationships, not enough emphasis on Lacey, WAY too much emphasis on Jo and NOT enough emphasis on Danny and the mysteries/crimes. The writers really need to sit down, read the comments, letters, emails, tweets, etc and really think about where and how the show should proceed if they get approved for a second season. This 1B thing, was a disaster.
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Okay, everyone that says that Twisted should be cancelled is just upset that the show isn't going the way they want. The fact that you feel so strongly about it, the fact that you're so upset about the way the show actually went.... means you care! You care enough to watch the show and insert your own opinions, you even care enough to write them in this post!! Lets support the producers and encourage the show to continue! If we don't, then how will all of our questions and inquisitions be answered?!? THEY WON'T! So let's continue with the feedback and opinions in hopes that the producers will listen to us, but lets not get so angry that we give up on Twisted in frustration! Trust me there were moments when I got soooo fed up with Lacey's superficial ways, that I considered just rage-quitting. Especially when after begging and completely guilting Danny into telling her what he was hiding, she turns around and condemns him... I mean, he kind of told you he doesn't want to tell you... YOU CAN'T GET MAD WHEN HE DOES.??? Like really, talk about quick to judge. To me it honestly seemed she was more mad at the fact that Danny shared this intense moment with Jo and not her than she was at the fact that Danny just murdered his own father... a little too shallow for my liking. But still my point is, I am a true fan of Twisted, and will support this crazy amazing and uber unique and suspenseful drama to the very end!!~ LONG LIVE TWISTED
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I'll be honest, I kind of find Lacey annoying as hell, She comes off as a total Mary Sue, with shallow motivations. (her popularity, or suspecting she's not the centre of Danny's universe.) Then the writers just chuck a lesbian at her to try and keep her interesting! Not that I like Jo any better. Both the leading ladies in this show need to dial back the woe-is-me's and get down to some sleuthing. That was the fun of the first half of the season.
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calls Lacey a MS while ignoring Jo does horrible shit and never gets called out on it, is hailed as one of the best people in the world, and has like 4 love interest in amatter of weeks..ehhhh?
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I just didn't bother with Jo, cos her faults have already been pretty clearly covered in this thread. I'm just pointing out Lacey's faults in the interest of fairness :)
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"chuck a lesbian at her to keep her interesting" OMG i died of laughter reading ur comment :)
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It is so annoying when people say they want the show to be cancelled just because Danny is realizing he likes Jo. IT IS JUST A SHIP. You can't judge the entire show just because you didn't like the scenario of a few episodes. And maybe if they get a second season, the show would be more amazing! If you want the show to be cancelled then you were never a "dedicated fan" and shouldn't have watched it from the first place.
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if not calling out horrible writing is a key element in being a dedicated fan, then I have never been a fan of anything. Nothing.
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omg did you not read the review? Have you read any of the reviews ? Dacey is just a long list of writing flops that have pranced across our screens every tues at 9/8c As far as Janny, its not Danny liking Jo. Its the horrible way it was written.
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I think the way the writers can get back on track, is to review the episode where Danny is dreaming, (but he's really having a nightmare) and Vikram tells him he's not fine, but can keep his demons at bay with the 10 million dollars he's just inherited.

At this point they can show how Danny sees things going between him and Lacey, and what his life will be like without her in it. The dream should also show that Jo is actually his half-sister (which would explain her doting-annoying little sister treatment of him in previous episodes.

Maybe, in this dream, Danny could discover that the secret Lacey hasn't told him is that she's pregnant, and is planning to abort the baby because she doesn't feel that Danny is mature enough to handle that kind of responsibility, and she would not want to bring up a child with her and Danny always fighting with each other and not concerned about the well-being and happiness of the child.

Now he has to decide how to handle the possible loss of another Desai family member, because this has been a big part of the reason he's been so protective of his mom, Jo, and Lacey. Its all about family connections, situations thrust upon the family, and how families respond, or react to the things they are challenged by. This would lead into so many other
interesting topics to discuss in the show. It could also bring back some of the previous characters, like Phoebe, and Cole and Regina but as a different person. Yes!!!
But, as it stands, Danny and Lacey have had their fun, they had their run, and now they're done.
Here's to Hoping it isn't so...
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will there be a second season???????????????
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Dont know why but I thought this was already canceled.
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I stopped caring about this show when I realized that it probably won't get renewed, I checked in on it to see what was going on every other episode and honestly I knew Charlie and Jo were brother and sister the moment the mother started talking about her baby that went up for adoption. I however do understand where Jo is coming from in regards to not just running back to Danny, "Who want's to come in second?" Danny chose Lacy and broke poor little Jo's heart and now that Lacy doesn't want Danny she's the consolation prize; so what happens when Lacy starts wanting Danny again? I can see why Jo's doesn't want her best friends left overs especially since they had sex. i think it was a mistake killing Vikram; so many answers that now have to be found second hand. No confrontation with his father, Vikram doesn't answer for anything. So if the show is renewed I'll check back in, I do want to see Charlie's reaction to finding out that he's been dating his sister. But ironically the only person I don't care for on the show right now is Danny; in this second season he's just been too wishy washy. I think the reviewer was right, Danny went from dark troubled teen to run of the mill anit-hero.
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Your views on Jo are seriously misguided, Lily.
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AMEN!
I stopped watching somewhere around the ep. where Vikram's car was found and the new kid just invaded the screen with Jo along... ugh Jo... I cannot stand her, kudos to the actor because if I can dislike the character that much means she's doing a great job projecting what the lamo writers have thrown at her. Danny needs to move on and stop pushing people away and Jo needs to go away... anywhere but go and maybe I will give it another shot next season... maybe...
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"Gone was a lot of the edgy tension that had set Twisted apart from a thousand other teen dramas. Danny was no longer an enigma, he was a wronged hero... and kind of unbelievably noble?"

So true! First half was great! I loved the possibility of Danny being a sociopath, I loved how other characters reacted to this possibility. Why did they have to ruin it?!

And Jo-the-main-character? Hahahaha. Now Jo is the center of everything: every guy is madly in love with her, all the characters can think of is "How will Jo react?" "How is Jo?" etc.
I'll answer only the last question: Twisted 2.0 needs to be cancelled.
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I hate it when people support Lacey unnecessarily, from season 1A she's only supported Danny whenever it seems ok for her to or whenever she doesn't have friends to lose, but all of a sudden she found out he did not kill his aunt and now they can go public? Oh and he killed his dad and then she conveniently realizes its always been Jo?! The funniest part is Danny did not even know it was always Jo till she told him.
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uh she went public with him when she defended him at the diner. She had her friends back and even Archie looked like he wanted to date her again, but she threw all that away when she outed him for poisoning Cole. She supported him and yea, she lost her friends because of it. I hate when people are so hell bent of demonizing someone, they cant admit when that person is doing something noble.
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gee I forget the Charlie bombshell!! nice job by the writers IMO

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great finale!! hope it gets renewed!! Lacey should have forgiven Whitney S1 was all about Danny with JO and Lacey caught in middle!! and dealing with the after math!! it seem to me that LACEY was loser or the black sheep !! am I wrong on that!! Kinda surprised that we didn't see PHOEBE in 1B (BRITTANY CURRAN) oh the whole Tess and giving here baby/adoption is a great side bar but it could have use more meat!! hopefully we get the chance to see
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YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA! Loved The Room reference haha. Great review!
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No I won't watch. It is sad and awful what is happening with lacy. This show had potential and than it became all about jo and why??
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So ppl are allowed to fall in love with Lacey and not with Jo. The show is all about Jo and now it's lost potential? I agree that Lacey should have be more involved in more plots, but I think this unnecessary Jo hatred is uncalled for and makes me root for her the more. The real focus of the show should be Danny.
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When it started to become all about Jo in the last half, people were complaining. The fact that the second half gave her even more focus and storyline just makes it harder to look the other way. Makes it damn impossible to hope for change in any potential season2.
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Hopefully they see their mistake and readjust their focus for next season.
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The whole issue with 1B was that everything had to go back to Jo. Danny spent all of 1A saying he didn't like her that way, 1B they had to change that. Charlie starts out 1B perfectly happy to just use Lacey against Danny, but then all of a sudden it's always been Jo with him too. It's not like the writers didn't have plenty of heads up that people didn't like Jo. Most haven't since very early on in the season, before they even started shooting 1B. When the show is cancelled, the writers can essentially blame themselves since they have written the exact opposite of how they should've written to keep the show decent.
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Twisted 1A was brilliant television and thank you for suggesting I marathon it Lily. However, I won't be returning even if the show is. (Unless your season 2 review tells me to)
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So does this mean Jo kissed her brother?
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I don't really need to comment, your recap is spot on.
Although I would like to say a sarcastic "Thank You Lily" for recommending this in the last edition of "TV.com tells you which shows you should be watching 'cos we think they are pretty good." I had a funny feeling that this would end up being a dud. In all fairness, the first half of the season (which I very easily marathoned through) was pretty good, but the second half just ruined all that good work. I know it's not really your fault, Lily, at the time it was a good recommendation, so I suppose I don't actually mean that "sarcastic Thank You". Never mind.
Anyway, what was with that very poorly timed, rather pathetic, gunshot at the end? Was it supposed to ramp up some tension? We already know this show doesn't have any balls from when they ruined Danny's "killer child" back story. The one truly interesting and unique "twist" that this show had gong for it and they fudged it up completely. Never mind, now the young cast can move on to better things (or The CW).
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I'll watch until it gets canceled..
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Jo is a bitch. And not a good kind(where you love someone being a bitch). I love Kyle,coz he alone can put so many cops,sheriff to shame on tv shows. Guy can actually solve a crime or think. That is refreshing to see. Wouldn't it be awsome,if Jo died? That would be Twisted!
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thats the only way I see this show turning around, if Chief Masterson shot Jo to death, and then the show becomes a love triangle with Charlie and Danny competing for Lacey, trying to figure out if Chief Masterson is a socio.
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Lily you are SPOT ON! Spot. On. I agree with everything. Lacey is so freaking wonderful and played by such a great actress and has such great chemistry with Danny and they've dumped her in favour of Jo? Who in the immortal words of Game of Thrones has "a stick so far up her ass it's a wonder her feet touch the ground." She's the worst.
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I honestly gave up on this show about two episodes into the second half. I found myself early on in the weird position of really not liking Jo and I think she was supposed to be our sympathetic way in. Then I found her parents to be weirdly stilted actors. I sort of determined that if ABC Family was going to hold my attention at all, I just would have to put up with PLL and its drama. I honestly think The Lying Game had more legs and the fact that the drama was actually between the adults on that show and not really the kids was what was interesting. I mean, honestly, the only drama was the fact the twins were fooling everyone.
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It's a shame that twisted switched show runners between it's break and more so that this new show runner destroyed the previous show runners hard work.
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well that explains the abrupt change in tone from suspenseful and restrained to all over the g-d place.
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Yes to all of this. When it was revealed Danny's father made him say he killed his aunt...? What? The show went in gradual decline at that point. I don't think the writers knew where to go. I stopped watching when I noticed Lacy being thrown to the sidelines, clearly the writers were catering to Danny and Jo fans (which is just very, very bad writing. See: The Vampire Diaries). I understand that Jo loves Danny but wouldn't she have called BULLS*** if Danny just told her that? I don't believe it. And I won't be surprised if this show is cancelled.
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I AGREE WITH YOU I DON'T LIKE HOW THEY JUST THROW MY GIRL LACEY TO THE SIDE THIS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BE ABOUT ALL THREE OF THEM
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Excellent review.
Danny and Jo is forced and not natural. As written, Jo has no romantic chemistry with Danny.
Danny needs to share more and not be so closed.
More Lacey, I thought she had a chance with Whitney to be brought back into the A plots, but sadly no.
Rico still has a candle for Jo. I think if there is a season2, it might be explored, especially if Jo and Danny get together.
Not really, I like Maddie, but I don't like the way Jo is written. I keep hoping Maddie will say "Jo would say this, or Jo would do that."
Adoption storyline felt like it was crowbarred in. Tess said it was a one night stand, but I suspect that Charlie's real father will show up in season 2.
I think Whitney and Jack's reveal was too soon. They should have held off until season 2. I knew Jack was not on the up and up due to some of his facial expressions, but the Whitney story felt rushed.
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This show promised to be different but in the end.. it didn't come through...
Very annoying!
I agree with almost everything you say Lily: the cast is amazing. What a waste... I will probably keep looking but it is in my C list... :-(
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BLESSSS THIS REVIEW! Everything thing you pointed out is exactly why I quit watching this show 3 episodes ago. The treatment of Lacey, a main character, is disgusting. The love that Danny now has for Jo is so contrived that it's quite hilarious, like Jo was throwing it at him left and right in 1A and he was dodging it like a bullet, called her his sister, told her mom that girl he wants was 'not Jo, by the way.' Every young guy, except Archie, now has wanted Jo, Rico, Tyler, Charlie, and now Danny. And none for you Lacey Porter. She is a lead character, and has nothing to show for it. I curiously tuned in to the final 3 minutes of the finale, and all I see is Lacey standing in the background like a confused puppy, while every plot continuously revolves around Jo. It's nauseating and I for one, will be incredibly happy when this show is cancelled.
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i really don't get why they would make the choices they made. All of them are so obviously bad.
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Lacey being tossed to the wayside like trash in this second half along with "Janny" being moved to the forefront, despite the couple being about as hot as a wet match in a dark cave, caused me to give the show a major side eye. Looks like Charles Pratt has ruined another show, and with the ratings it got this half, I don't see it coming back (and wouldn't watch anyway). Oh well, we'll always have 1A!!!
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lol @ wet match in a dark cave. The first half of the season had so much promise, and a lot of that promise was Danny and Lacey and the larger mystery of who killed Danny's aunt. To disown all that was truly foolish.
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Exactly! It was the whole premise of the show to me! The idea that Danny was coming off as good at some times, but you could never truly really tell what he was thinking, which also made it seem like he could've been the killer was what was so captivating about 1A! That and the dynamic between Avan and Kylie! When Pratt took over as Showrunner, he killed the series in just one half a season (I guess that's better than running 9 years of a show with just your series finale, but I digress). The next time he takes over as show runner on a program I watch, I'm bailing asap.
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