Imposters is a beautiful story that starts off with the very lovely story of newly weds Ava and Ezra. Living their ideal life which involves twenty eight days of marriage presents and Hollywood movie style wedding videos. Ava is a beautiful Belgian woman whom works as a waitress and still doesn’t have a grasp on the language, Ezra is the adorable head-over the heels heir to a shoe empire.
Guess which one is the Imposter?
Yup, it’s Ava (actually Maddie) a grifter scamming Ezra out of all his money and leaving on the next plane out of dodge with nothing more than a very kind video explaining what’s happened and blackmail in case he thinks of going to the police.
It’s weird how cyclical TV is as this Bravo scripted show shares a very similar plot line to Shonda Rhimes’ ‘The Catch’ where a wife is scammed out of her money by a con-artist husband. Only this one is taking itself a little less seriously than its prestige counterpart.
The third Bravo scripted series and its good. Vaguely reminiscent of something that would come from the USA channel with the self awareness of a show that knows it’s on Bravo it reveals in its dark comedic moments knowing the stakes are so low.
Maddie is definitely the most interesting part of the show, a young grifter in a team with two older con-artists like she’s the Jennifer Love Hewitt in this heartbreakers style team. Out of our two main leads Maddie is probably intentionally the most dynamic of the two, probably by design, as Ezra spends most of the episode wallowing in a pit of betrayal.
As they go on their next con, brought to them by ‘The Doctor’ a fixer for those in the scamming life. The mysterious character is definitely the most intriguing moment in the pilot, an all seeing and all knowing figure for the criminal underworld. Only to be spoiled by Uma Thurman’s starring role in the post-credits teaser trailer because somehow I don’t think this Oscar-nominee is in this for a bit-part role.
Ezra’s part of the story really gets into its groove when Richard one of Maddie’s ex-husbands appears. Parker Young is a hilarious actor and should probably be more successful than he actually is. But I think very few people could pull off former college footballer turned car salesperson sex addict with as much humour as he does.
In terms of first episodes I honestly can’t fault it. It’s funny, it’s quick and the acting is great. I’m interested in seeing the direction of the show whether it goes procedural, romance or overarching drama, if it forgoes the typical twenty episode season and keeps it tight at less than thirteen Imposters could become an underdog success for Bravo.