7.24.2013

ABC's "Twisted" attempts to live up to its name

See Also

Twisted Episode 7 Recap: The Other D-Word
Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter

As I've mentioned before, we need to be real.  This show is on ABC Family, and they're only willing to take things so far.

Or so I thought.

Sure, Twisted can't be a full-on bloody, dirty, sexy, gritty affair, but it is about the potential sociopathy of its leading character and thus it can be fairly perturbing at times.

And though I was fairly certain there Absolutely No Way Danny Desai could be a sociopath because his show is on ABC Family, this was the first episode which finally made me wonder if he very well might be.

First, I need to go ahead and knock out Avan Jogia's shirtless scene because I know some folks have been waiting for it.



*nods* That takes care of that.

Now moving on...viewers have noticed the strange random smirks Danny has after something, usually bad, happens to someone else.  At first these smirks were ambiguous; when Lacey's boyfriend Archie, captain of the soccer team, loses the respect of the teammates, Danny smirks.  Well, sure; Archie is a douche and he deserves pain.

But then there's the scene where Danny starts making out with Lacey on top of his Aunt Tara's grave. You remember his aunt, right? The one he allegedly strangled with a jump rope?



Um, what the hell was that?

The end of this scene right here starts to call into question everything Danny says or does (for me), and Avan continues to manipulate the audience with intriguing ambiguity.  I've actually reached a point where I'm not so sure about this character anymore.  I get that his main purpose is to be dreamy and sensual, but I'm growing genuinely curious as to where the writers are going with him.

So for all of you who are following Twisted, what did you think about this week's episode?  Where you predict they'll take this character? Remember to take into account this Sneak Peek of Episode 8:

36 comments:

  1. Oh Lord!this is sheer torture to look at that good looking face of Avan.I don't know how much I can take it.

    When they almost made out at the gravesite, I wasn't aware that it was his Aunt's grave until Lacey got up.It almost made me sick but that was the first thing I thought about .Besides us knowing that Danny killed her,what else does his aunts grave symbolize? It would be obvious to say that another death may occur but that is too easy. I think be something we least would expect to happen and it may not have anything to do with Danny .

    You brought up a good point about Danny's smirk. I didn't notice all of it until you mention it. The way some of those guys on his team and the town have treated him,I would be sarcastic and smirking them too but it could mean much more and it may not equate to him murdering people.

    One thing that I will try to predict is that Lacey will always have a mental turn of war far as Danny will be concerned Maybe Danny will get fed up with it , he won't be around Lacey for a minute and he even go with Jo(whichI hope wont be the case)but they will not let their absence from each other go for long .Far as the smirk, one may imply that maybe Danny may have feelings of wanting to kill them but I don't think that will be the case.

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    1. this is sheer torture to look at that good looking face of Avan

      You sure that was all you were looking at?

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  2. I have noticed all of the smirks while watching the episodes. I like the way Avan is playing this character. We can make guesses as to "why" he smirked, but I like that it can go either way.

    At this point, I just want to know WHY Danny killed his aunt and how he got that necklace.

    I'm also glad they had Lacey breakup with her boyfriend before she really got with Danny. You know how they sometimes do...

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    1. Do you get the feeling he's just manipulating everyone? We know he manipulates adults already, but what about the girls? Where do you think he's going with that?

      Smirking over Tara's grave after making out on top of it...smh.

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    2. "Smirking over Tara's grave after making out on top of it...smh."

      Truly creepy.

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  3. Where can I watch back episodes? They aren't on the ABC family website!

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  4. At this point, I think that there is a supernatural element to this show, and I don't think that Danny is a sociopath. I think it's just a superficial label that has been given to him because of what people think he did. And in this context, it makes sense that others would view him as a sociopath since otherwise people can't comprehend why a young kid would take another person's life. I think that his aunt Tara was involved in some messed up stuff and the necklace is part of whatever she was involved with.

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  5. At this point, I think that there is a supernatural element to this show

    Really? I hadn't even thought of that.

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    1. Yes, I had a strong feeling that this show might take a supernatural turn in the first episode, once I saw the necklace and also Aunt Tara's unnerving look in the picture that was in the Desai living room the night that Jo's family visited for dinner. Aunt Tara had a look about her that spoke volumes in my opinion.

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    2. Which reminds me...why haven't we had a flashback of Tara yet? And why only one flashback of Vikram so far?

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    3. Yeah, at this point it is surprising that there hasn't been a flashback of Tara's interactions with the rest of the Desai family. If she was such a threatening person, I'd like to get some glimpses of that from flashbacks.

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    4. I wonder if they're saving them for like some dramatic 2-part season finale. I can't find the name of the actress who's portrayed her in the pictures.

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  6. I lurk, but I'm so glad you guys are talking about this show! I'm a grown ass-woman in love with a teen show because of Lacey and Danny. I do the tumblr fandom and have wtahed almost ery "Dacey" video on youtube. I have never seen or rather been affected by such chemistry between two people on a TV show like this. As someone on tumblr said, Danny/Avan has the swag of a grown-ass man. Right now, this is my favorite video, (I don't know how to make it link):

    http://youtu.be/viJgu1gbob0

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    1. That was some superior video-making right there.

      And I'm glad we stumbled across something which made you delurk - it's nice to meet you!

      I think Dacey has such a hold on us because we weren't expecting ABC Family to give us something like this. Already I've dubbed it "FlashForward's Redemption"...so far.

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    2. Ecg10,

      Yes ma'am! I definitely will agree with you on that. Really,I've seen a lot of romantic IR/AMBW pictures for a while, but this is by far the best that I've seen in ages. I mean..I really mean it.To me,it didn't seem like they were acting.. like what they were doing was the real deal. The scene felt romantic, I felt them.Avan seems to know what to do with Kylie and Kylie isn't playing hard to get to the point that she turns him away.. so far.

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  7. I want to give Danny the benefit of the doubt so badly, like I really want to believe in him. But, I too have noticed his strange body language at certain moments. I honestly can't tell anymore what's real and what isn't. It's this whole possibility of him being an actual sociopath that's so exhausting for the audience in regards to Danny's character. As someone watching the show, you are used to being sure about main characters or feeling a sense that you know what they are and aren't capable of. I'm very curious to see what the writers do with Danny as well. Hmmmmm.

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  8. By the way, here's a nice polished blog for the Twisters:

    Beyond Twisted

    It appears to be new, and focused on discussion of plots and theories. I'm impressed...so far.

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  9. I really hope there is no supernatural element to the show. Not that I don't love those shows, but I think it would just be too much going on here in Twisted to add that. But then, I'm more into the relationships between the three main characters and only care about the mystery as a catalyst for exploring D/L/J, especially D/L of course.

    I think Danny is very sketchy, that's why I like the video I linked above. I hope that the show goes into how Danny's relationships with Lacey and Jo are what keeps him from going full blown-cray-cray-scary. I hope they get on the other side of the stupid triangle where Jo realizes that she has mischaracterized her feelings for Danny. She gets over it and together her and Lacey work together to help him and they reconnect with their friendship as well.

    I don't hate Jo, but agree that Jo really is the main character because they kind of have to follow the "acceptable formula" and appeal to their main demographic. But with D/L the writers are actually trying strain that formula in a way I've never seen done on this type of show before and I give them points for trying. I saw in tumblr that a show runner promised we'd get more of Lacey's life and family soon. If they don't go where many of us who have seen it play out this way before, where Danny and Jo are really endgame, and can show D/L navigate the complexities of their relationship and see them get through it, well I may faint. But I'll withhold judgment until the end of this short season (only 4 more eps! omg).

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    1. "I hope that the show goes into how Danny's relationships with Lacey and Jo are what keeps him from going full blown-cray-cray-scary."

      Even though I've already stated that I don't think that Danny is actually a sociopath, I do think that this would be interesting if the show does indeed make Danny into a character who has a personality disorder. If so, then Danny's feelings for Jo and Lacey would mean that he has a restricted sense of empathy, so he may actually have feelings for Lacey and Jo since he's known them all his life, but he may not genuinely care for others outside of those two, plus a few others.

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    2. Sociopaths can show a "preference" for friends and relatives, often from a selfish standpoint. Molesters, for examples, may consider everyone else's child fair game but sometimes won't dare touch their own.

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    3. Yep. I've been around a personality disordered person that was all about her own family and maintaining a social circle but was subtly predatory toward others. I do agree that they maintain that inner circle and familial relationships mostly out of a selfish, self centered standpoint. It's more about protecting their sources of supply than actually deeply caring about the people in their inner circle. They're mostly playing a game with other people, and those people don't even know they are pawns.

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  10. This is a legitimate question, I'm not trying to be argumentative. Why do people like Lacey? I like her because she's a believably written character, who is slightly two faced, a bit selfish, and in true teenage form, wants to do the right thing but feels pressured by social constructs. However, the average person doesn't agree with me, usually. And I will say I find myself not always believing Kylie Bunbury's portrayal...it doesn't always ring true to me...however, that's ABC family in a nutshell for me. I really am curious, though.

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    1. I like the idea of Lacey, but I don't exactly enjoy watching the actress, Kylie, play the role. I know that Lacey has to be somewhat cold because she doesn't want to seem vulnerable or make decisions that might result in her becoming a social misfit as a consequence of openly socializing with Jo and especially Danny, but the actress herself comes across ice cold a lot of the time, and has a voice to match it. In the latest episode, when she and Danny are arguing in her car, she says some stuff in a way that is so annoying because they are said in such a cold fashion, and it makes it hard to warm up to a character who comes across like that. Jo is annoying, as well in my opinion, but I find myself relating to her a bit more because the actress' portrayal of the character is just a bit more nuanced, in my opinion. Having said all that, I am still interested in seeing character development for Lacey.

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    2. I LOVE Lacey for exactly the same reasons as you. She is BELIEVABLE. Her reticence is BELIEVABLE. Who, in their right mind, wouldn't hesitate to accept an admitted murderer? I love Kylie's portrayal...

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    3. @Introverted_Wanderer - Lacey is a type. There is a coldness in her communication that was probably a learned behavior... a tool which helped her move on. Remember in the first episode, Danny asked "What happened to Lacey?" because she used to be the easy-going one. I don't think her character or her portrayal of the character is wrong at all. I'm from the private schools of Westchester (where they filmed the pilot, yes!), "Lacey" is a real type... I'm similar to that type, so I get her more, I guess.

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    4. I understand why Lacey is cold which is why I said that I like the idea of Lacey, but I personally don't particularly like Kylie's portrayal of this type of character. With other shows that I have seen in which there was a similar type of character, I usually found that I took a particular interest in that character because of the actor/actress playing the role, but I have not found that to be the case so far when it comes to Lacey. I think what would help a lot would be if the show focused a bit more on Lacey and her interactions with her family and friends. We've gotten a lot more talk about why she is friends with the popular crowd but not a lot of in depth interaction to show the particulars of these friendships. It just comes across very shallow, in addition to her cold demeanor, in my opinion.

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  11. I like Lacey because she's the rarity in pictures..that is, Black women who aren't being put in the back burner .I've mentioned my pet peeves before about Black women in pictures or movies like this is 1) Most black female characters of white friends are put in awkward positions to the point where you ask them why bother putting the BW in it when they are just "there" 2) Although Kylie isn't the lead in Twisted,she is 1/3 of the trio..she's up and front . 3) Most Black women are portrayed stereotypically. If they aren't being portrayed as mammies, they have to play as ghetto girls or babies mothers .Kylie is beautiful .Ironically,..maybe its just me but the show seems to bring her sexiness out of her more than Jo.I'm not talking about her love affair with Danny but how she's dressed. She's dressed accordingly....sexy but conservative and even her conservative wear isn't dead looking like she got it out of a Forever21 clothing store or something. Jo is pretty but very plain and nothing really stands out about her. Most times TV have it the other way around.They always cover up the true beauty of Black women.

    Though this is the least important to why I like Lacey, the last reason that I like her is because she seems right for Danny. IDK.. its something magical about her and Danny when they hook up. Too often when a Black woman is paired up with a White or another non Black man something has to be wrong with the man or the woman Most times they will make the Black have a turnoff attitude to the potential non Black suitor to the point that there will be no romance coming out of it.

    With Lacey and Danny is dynamic. Some people may think "Oh because they are an AMBW pair or that she s a beautiful Black woman and Danny a sexy looking guy. While its great to see two good looking people together,my thing is about chemistry. Man..their chemistry is soooo incredible until its not even funny.. really it is to the point where it came make a person wonder if there is more to script than meets the eye?their romance is deep and very, very passionate . They don't even have to go all the way and they still looks as if they are making love. Honestly, if Danny breaks up with Lacey (or versa) I just can't see him i with no other girl. They could pair Danny up with Sarita or Jo,but it wouldn't look right no matter how attractive and/or sophisticated they may be. Anybody can play an IR romantic role, but not everybody can duplicate the chemistry like that.

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    1. I totally agree with your points on the importance of chemistry and how Danny and Lacey have it in spades. I might not be the biggest fan of Lacey as of now, but I do see the undeniable chemistry with this pairing. Its very true, like mentioned in the show, that Danny and Jo are like brother and sister and in my thought, platonic soulmates, while Danny and Lacey have romantic chemistry. When it comes to interracial pairings on shows, I have to give credit because the people cast as the couple usually have wonderful chemistry together, even if the pairing doesn't last, which it often doesn't, especially on soap operas. One Life to Live, I'm looking at you for the noncouple that was Evangeline and Todd.

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    2. Yeah I fear that the new show runners (I just saw that they are all being replaced) may be afraid of the power of their chemistry. I really have to give to these two actors, they bring their A-game to every scene they have together. So many little details they bring that makes them so great to watch. The way she touches his neck all the time, how he looks at her like he could devour her, how they smile at each other, how they react to hearing each others name. Just, WOW.

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    3. Yeah I fear that the new show runners (I just saw that they are all being replaced) may be afraid of the power of their chemistry.

      It could go either way, though it's never really good for a show when the creator is suddenly replaced.

      Here's hoping the new folks realize the gold mine they have in Danny/Lacey - and their vast army of supporters - and don't royally fuck things up.

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  12. I'm having difficulty getting through episode 8 because all I care about are Danny and Lacey scenes. Making out isn't even a requirement. He's so open and honest with her and I suspect when she's with him, we're seeing the real Lacey.

    The Jo-related hashtags are pointless. If they'd cast a better actress, then perhaps they wouldn't feel so obligated to sell her so hard. Too bad the girl who played Regina didn't get cast as Jo. At least, she was interesting.

    I'm fine with Danny being a Socio, but Rico had better be the killer. He is conveniently everywhere.

    I wonder if I'll even remember this series in January. Orange is the new Black is much more compelling. They have a huge cast, yet they give reasonable insights into the characters.

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  13. I don't really think too hard about the actual mystery plot. Whatevs. I'm all about the characters. Well, just two or three.

    I love Lacey and I adore Kylie Bunbury's portrayal. Eventhough (annoyingly) Jo is the main POV character and Lacey hardly ever gets juicy POV scenes, Lacey's character has been well-defined and consistent. She's a very self-possessed young lady, but still a teen. The thing that has defined her life was what happened five years ago. Maybe also her parents divorce affected her around the same time too. Those things combined with puberty and other growing pains caused her to try and take control of her life. She both cares how others see her and hates being a victim. One way at that age is to get control is by becoming a part of the popular crowd? Teen life can be easier that way.

    Lacey wants to keep what she has because she cannot have her life unravel again. In this recent episode all this stuff came up against her decision to have Danny. She's trying to keep some sense of herself and life. Danny gets that. I love that he gets it eventhough it sucks but he won't try and force her to change her whole life for him. But he also stood up for himself and was real with her and let her see his emotions in the car scene.

    I just love that she's not perfect but still has a very strong character and is not completely done in by Danny Desai's overwhelming charm, hair and hotness. Cause I'm sure I'd be like Jo doing everything he even slightly suggests and in that dream if it was me, totally under his spell. Not Lacey, though. She is right there with him challenging him to fit in her life and giving him fire and hotness right back. And she has no time for him using his charm to avoid being real. That scene in the school closet vs the scene in the car is EVERYTHING about why they work for me! So while I get why they are attracted to each other (we all do, ha), I really hope we get to see why she thinks he's worth the risk. It seems from interviews with the cast that they started crushing on each other when they were 11, so I hope that all gets explored more in the present context.

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    1. Lacey wants to keep what she has because she cannot have her life unravel again.

      Good point! Now if only the writers could execute this better!

      But he also stood up for himself and was real with her and let her see his emotions in the car scene.

      His facial expression when she first says she's not coming is classic. My friend and I laughed our asses off. He looked like he wanted to say, "WTF????" but couldn't because his show's on ABC Family.

      I just love that she's not perfect but still has a very strong character and is not completely done in by Danny Desai's overwhelming charm, hair and hotness. ...She is right there with him challenging him to fit in her life and giving him fire and hotness right back. And she has no time for him using his charm to avoid being real. That scene in the school closet vs the scene in the car is EVERYTHING about why they work for me!

      More excellent points!!! She's very Olivia Pope in this regard.

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  14. These two are magic...this will def help them in their careers. The chemistry is so real ppl can feel it and causes ppl to wonder if feelings do exist off screen. I really hope they do not pair Danny off with Jo and create a love triangle, there is already one there with Archie and one with Jo/Tyler/Rico. I don't think they will do that though because the show is based on the Danny/ Lacey/Jo dynamic and a triangle there might go against the entire point of the show. I agree that Lacey's life needs more exploration so that the viewers can relate to her...her reactions are extremely realistic and Kylie's acting is on point. I can't wait for more information re: the murders to be revealed. Twisted is so far doing great in my estimation.

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