I gotta say, MTV is having a great run over the last couple of years with their scripted shows. Sure they don't really do much music anymore, but I'm starting to forget they ever did, so we're square. They've got Teen Wolf and Awkward blazing a trail, not to mention the success of Faking it (though I'm not seeing a S3 for this show). After a great promo leading into the first season, new comer, Finding Carter, lands in the lap of a very eager audience. The first season ended last Tuesday and as first impressions go, Finding Carter made a hell of an entrance.
Okay, here's the dish: A night of teenage shenanigans lands Carter Stevens (played by Kathryn Prescott) and her friends in jail. Turns out, jail was going to be the best part of her night. When her friends are released, Carter is informed that the woman she knew as her mother is really her kidnapper, Lori Stevens (played by Milena Govich) and that she was taken from her real family when she was three. With her life completely ripped apart, Carter is immediately reunited with her biological family only to discover the roller coaster that has become her life has only just started.
Finding Carter is a fresh take on an old storyline. This is a show where you're never sure who the real bad guys are. Sure, at first you think it's Carter's kidnapper, Lori, but then things slowly start to unravel and you realize this family Carter has been thrust back into, is not the perfect unit. Everyone has secrets and agenda's and you start to wonder if Lori really is the big bad. Which I kind of love.
The first season is packed with intrigue, sex, teenage angst, kidnapping, sex, romance, drugs, sex, comedy, a bad boy and...yup, sex. Don't be fooled, this isn't a sexy show. Like a lot of MTV shows, Finding Carter, just dives into the teenage sex life, completely normalizing it in a way that's not at all realistic. What can I say? Fifteen/sixteen year olds having casual sex and their parents being okay with that is disturbing. Also very prominent in an MTV show about teens is the shocking amount of school these kids miss. They don't let a little thing like graduating high school get in the way of the story-line. I'm a little on the fence about it though. On the one hand, teens having to do things like, go to class or play a school sport makes them a bit more relatable, more real. On the other hand, you get to squeeze out a lot more drama when the characters aren't going to class, in detention or going to practice.
Speaking of characters, this season introduced us to a lot of them. Some faces I don't see making much of an appearance down the road if at all. Surrounding Carter are her biological family: Elizabeth Wison (mom, played by Cynthia Watros), David Wilson (dad, played by Alexis Denisof), Taylor Wilson (fraternal twin sis, played by Anna Jacoby-Heron) and Grant Wilson (baby bro, Zac Pullam). Carter's kidnapping as you might expect, fractured this family and the pieces drifted further apart over the 13 years she was missing. Now that she's back, they are all working to try and jam together the disfunctional jagged shapes that make up their really, REALLY, messed up family. ***Kinda Spoiler but not really*** The season ended with it seeming like they were on their way to finally being a solid family unit, but I have a "David" sized feeling some of the biggest bombs are just waiting to be dropped.
Now I refuse to sign off without mentioning Max (played by, Alex Saxon). In a word, he's ADORABLE; one of my favorite characters on the show. He's kind of like...a hippie with a guardian angel complex. He used to date Carter but now they're just good friends which is perfect because he and Taylor together are a basket full of sleeping kittens adorable. That's all I'm gonna say on that because it deserves to be seen.
Season two is a go for 2015, so you have plenty of time to play catch up. I for one will be interested in seeing where they take the show after what happened to Carter in the season finale. What, you ask? Well you'll just have to watch and see for yourself.