Turning Point: Twisted – “PSA de Resistance” (Season 1, Episode 3)

In this episode of Twisted, Jo continues to struggle with not being popular, Lacey continues to struggle with being popular, Danny struggles with people thinking he’s a bad person and  the gang puts on a Public Service Announcement about teen drinking for the school assembly. Oh, and Twisted gets to be my first “turning point”.

The central event in Twisted‘s third episode (“PSA de Résistance”) is a skit for the school assembly being put on by Phoebe (Brittany Curran)–aka pre-Greendale Annie Edison–about teen-drinking. However, due to awkward teen drama, her skit falls through and Danny decides that re-writing it is the perfect opportunity to win back Lacey’s friendship since she is one of the leads in the skit. This brilliant scheme miraculously does not go over all that well. It doesn’t matter though because, like Danny’s version of the skit, this episode is really about forgiveness.

Jo needs forgiveness for ditching Rico to try to be more popular. Sheriff Masterson needs forgiveness from Mrs. Masterson for putting murder-solving over cleaning out the garage. Lacey needs forgiveness for lying to Chief Masterson about where she was and what she was doing on the night of the murder.

In terms of the overarching plot, not much happens this episode. We get a little more insight into who might have committed the murder at the end of episode one, Sheriff Masterson finds a picture of Danny’s aunt with the necklace and Lacey stops her  longing stares for half a second (almost literally; she goes back to it pretty quickly) to tell Chief Masterson the truth about where she was on the night of the murder. I suppose the sluggish pace Twisted is taking with developing the overarching plot is what ultimately helped me decide how this turning point would turn out. I accept that I don’t care enough about the characters’ personal lives to wade through their drama and pick out the plot points.

So, what is a turning point, you ask? A turning point can be many things:

  • a point that really changes a series (see: the 9th episode of any season of Game of Thrones)
  • a point where you finally get sucked in to a show after initial lack of interest (see: any episode after the first episode of The Wire–which episode exactly varies based on who you ask, of course!)
  • the point  where you decide you no longer care about the show you’re watching for one reason or another (see: .. right now.)

I adhered to the “rule of three” and gave Twisted its three episodes to pull me in, but I left the third episode unsurprisingly underwhelmed. I had reservations about taking on a murder-mystery thriller from ABC Family prior to Twisted‘s pilot and I was interested enough that watching the second episode wasn’t as painful as it could have been, but with big shows like Dexter and Breaking Bad around the corner–something had to give. Twisted isn’t terrible television–I am not saying it isn’t worth watching, but I have little hope for this show to surprise me. I’ll probably pop in to see how the finale goes, but I won’t be doing weekly updates about the show any longer.

Maybe I’ll just watch Whodunnit? (spoiler alert: I already watched episode one and it’s just as good as Twisted).

Do you watch Twisted? Do you think I should give it another shot? Do you think I should have never given it a shot to begin with? Let us know in the comments.

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2 responses to “Turning Point: Twisted – “PSA de Resistance” (Season 1, Episode 3)

  • Josie

    Excellent review, Daniel! I love your definition of the “turning point”–especially the way that it can be many things.

    File this under random fact: my personal “turning point” for The Vampire Diaries was actually an episode called…wait for it…”The Turning Point.”

    I wonder if there are false turning points, too: episodes that should change a series, but don’t. I’m think of the Alias episode “Phase One.” It felt like a “game-changer,” but wasn’t: all the episodes after that had the same feel, the same format, and the enemy was different but also basically the same.

    • Daniel

      Despite Twisted falling out of my favor, I enjoyed this review because I got to put out the first Turning Point with it. Glad you enjoy the idea–most of the credit for that one goes to my partner, though.

      In terms of ‘false turning points’, I think it’s very much a real thing. The best example that I can come up with of a show that features (multiple!) false turning points would be Dexter, I think. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show terribly, but I feel like Dexter goes through cycles in his life that never really change–just who that particular part of the cycle happens with.

      But, enough about Dexter .. I have to leave some discussion for my review of the season premiere tomorrow! Thanks for the comment (and the readership), Josie!

      PS. I enjoyed your review of Under the Dome (and to see the familiar face of Spoiler Kitten). I’d like to start it, but I’m swamped in shows right now. My partner will be covering that sometime soon since he’s the Stephen King fan between the two of us.

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