Not far into the pilot it became plainly apparent that I hadn't seen any of this show before, and I was quickly hooked by the plot of these women who look the same, and Sarah stepping into the shoes of her body-double Beth, partly to find out why they looked the same, and partly just to steal some stuff because she wanted to run away and make a new life with her daughter.
Okay, so you're currently impersonating someone else, and their boyfriend walks in on you unexpectedly. What do you do? Maybe pretend to be sick, or suddenly have to rush out somewhere? No, apparently the best course of action is to have sexy-hot-sex on the kitchen counter.
Yeah, I was pretty blown away by that, and all in the first episode, too! So I rushed through the next few eps, and it was all going all fabulously. I was loving all these different characters coming out of the woodwork (the actress who plays all these clones is amazing, by the way; each personality is done so well, you would swear they were being played by different people.) and was hooked by the mystery of where and how the clones came about, and who was trying to kill them.
I was also intrigued by the quick development of something between Sarah and Paul. While Paul still thought he was dealing with Beth, he was very intrigued and attracted to the new facets of her personality, which was proving a problem for Sarah trying to keep up the charade.
The scene where it came out in front of the other clones that Sarah had slept with Paul while pretending to be Beth was priceless. One of them said "you slept with Beth's boyfriend?" And when Sarah confirmed, you could kind of see them all thinking well, if I got the chance to sleep with Paul, I probably would too.
Paul's reaction to finding out the truth was also very interesting. For a woman, if she found out someone she'd been sleeping with wasn't who she thought, it would likely be very emotionally traumatic. In my opinion, Paul felt a bit betrayed, but kind of just went with it. I think it also helped that seemingly by that point, Paul was already half in love with Sarah, which was good enough for my romance writer's brain, and then this scene happened:
I couldn't find the actual clip from the show on youtube, though plenty of people had used it in fandom music videos, so this .gif clip will have to do. Paul had been captured by the bad guys, and given one phone call to bring Sarah in, he told her to run instead. But she didn't run, did she? Oh no, she went in to get him out, despite the risk to herself. I really wish I could have put the whole scene in, because it was just one of those brilliant character moments that makes my heart stop. The look on Paul's face when he realized she had come for him was so full of angst. The moment above follows that, and I really loved that they had this second where Paul just let himself be comforted by her. Tough guy who is man enough to have those soft moments? Yeah, I'm sold. I think this exchange also really cemented their relationship.
Unfortunately for this Sarah and Paul ship I'm rocking, I get the feeling its going to come to a swift end. I'm about to start watching season 2, and in a short amount of time I'll be caught up to the current episodes. From snippets I've seen on the internet (because who can avoid that kind of stuff?) it seems there's a new love interest for Sarah, and Paul is off doing other things. But no matter what happens between these two, that one brief scene between them will go down as one of my favorite TV moments of all time.
And of course we will finish this post with a gratuitous shirtless picture for absolutely no reason.