Why DECEPTION Should Be Renewed
If you haven’t seen NBC’s Deception, don’t miss this quick overview and insight right from the stars themselves about season one. If you have seen Deception, then you probably know why it deserves to be renewed. It’s addictive, suspenseful, and even funny. Just not enough people know about it; 5.6 million people watched the pilot episode, but those ratings dropped sharply mid-season. However, Monday’s finale drew 3.4 million viewers, its best draw in 6 weeks. Advertisers are certainly still skeptical, but it’s difficult to argue that Deception doesn’t look very promising going into Season 2.
When I spoke with Victor Garber mid-season, he affirmed that because Deception is a soap-opera, we should remember that the finale will present more questions than it answers. And he was not lying. It’s “soap-opera” style keeps the stories flowing quickly and sometimes confusingly, but it’s not enough of a soap-opera (instead leaning toward a typical primetime drama) to have too much cheese—if someone dies, we should probably take that at face value. What we can’t take at face value, though, is anything that Robert or Sofia Bowers says or does. There be no spoilers here, but the final resolution of ‘who killed Vivian’ was hardly a satisfying conclusion—in a good way.
There will be no shortage of storylines—as Deception‘s Twitter account has already presented a few questions that will presumably kick-off the next season. They include: “Do you think #QueenSofia was involved in Vivan’s murder?” and “What do you think Wyatt’s motivation is?” “Could there be more than one guilty party?” “Should Joanna confess to Julian?” Without overstating the infinite question/answer possibilities, suffice it to say that without continuing past an 11 episode first season, Deception will be unfairly left in a stage of infancy that is does not deserve.
Unraveling the implied secrets surrounding Sophia and Wyatt can effortlessly expand into the middle of Season 2. This would not be so enticing without the unpredictability (again..in a good way) of Katherine LaNasa as Sophia and the hypnotically frightening John Pyper-Ferguson as Wyatt. A less than suitable actor in either role (see, daytime soap operas) would not only repel most viewers, but the backstory that envelops them both would not be so captivating. Did their secrets also play a role in Vivian’s death?
The love triangle between Joanna, Julian, and Will was not exactly of Twilight proportions—they are not why I watch the show, but I do happily follow their goings-on because it seems to be allotted the appropriate amount of time. And with the #TeamJulian movement on Twitter, their relationship will probably be strong (and popular) well into a second season. In episode 1.09, “Good Luck With Your Death,” Robert recites Shakespeare’s Sonnet 16 with the line “To the edge of doom.” And the episode concludes with Julian knocking on Joanna’s door and repeating those words. Julian has not been very convincing that he is as innocent as his quasi-sister Mia, so the strain that his past puts on their relationship is something that can drive a successful episode arc. The phrase has caught on among Deception fans, it’s exactly the sort of thing that gives definition to a show.
Haverstock’s leukemia and Mia’s decision of whether or not to save his life with a bone marrow transplant will surely be seen through in Season 2. She does decide to save his life (hardly a surprise–she is the only truly ‘good’ Bowers family member), but does Haverstock’s life deserve to be saved? Robert doesn’t think so, Mia doesn’t care, and the audience doesn’t know yet. Mia exits the scene on one of her famous one-liners, “I’m gonna wait a couple days, though, because I accidentally did heroin today.” A couple days is a lot of time, enough time probably not for Mia to change her mind, but for Robert to get in the way. Robert will have to be FAR away from Haverstock in order for that transplant to take place. By the way, it doesn’t really get much better than John Larroquette. And 22 year-old Ella Rae Peck‘s acting is quite impressive itself. When Mia first finds out about Vivian and Haverstock’s relationship, she asks him simply and directly, “Did you love her?” It is perfect, not unlike all of their scenes, which are some of the best in the entire show. If Season 1 is the last we see of these two fine talents, NBC will be depriving us of some great television. Their delicate and fascinating relationship is only just beginning.