Nate Reynolds, Charlotte Decker
Nate Reynolds, Keith Diahn
Marcus has inadvertently entered into a whole new world of trouble. I'm not talking about troubles such as what kind of bread to buy or the exact nature of dinner time etiquette - I'm talking about murder. Plain and simple. Marcus has found a friend of his laying dead on the floor - and directly in front of the body? His best friend, Jafari. The two go way back, and because of that, Jafari figures Marcus would have no problem helping dispose of the body laying in front of him. But Marcus wants nothing to do with it. He wants nothing to do with any murder but especially this one. At gunpoint, Jafari manages to persuade his "friend" to help him, and off they go ... but things are not exactly what they seem.
En route, with a body in the trunk, the two barely escape the grasp of a suspicious cop, but this isn't the last time we'll see him. With the dirty deed completed, the two friends face another challenge. Lisa, the deceased, seemed to be missing her phone and contained on that phone? Messages from the man she had been cheating on Jafari with. I'm sure you can guess where things are going from here - except ... "Two-Faced" may surprise you with its big twist on what at first seemed like a very familiar story. By the end of episode four, not only were things getting interesting, but a few critical questions remained unanswered. Were the four episodes I watched worth my time? One hundred percent. "Two-Faced" is most definitely low-budget, but it's the kind of low-budget that hooks you before it's done. Not perfect, but entertaining nonetheless.
I enjoyed my time with this series and am one of those people who truly appreciate the nature of serialized television. It's true that a good movie can be built upon and, when done right, be surprisingly deep. But it's also true that longer format shows allow for a much deeper development of the characters and story - but first, you have got to hook the audience. I'll be the first to admit that in the case of "Two-Faced," the pilot episode felt a little awkward at certain points, but by the end of episode four most of that awkwardness felt like a distant memory. It's hard to tell if that's because I had gotten to know the characters a little or simply because the cast was settling into their roles - but I suspect a little of both is the answer.
The story itself is pretty straightforward and finds its place in the cushion of familiarity, but a twist happens later that adds a fresh spin. It's also worth noting that what occurs by the end of the series thus far allows for some serious story arcs to come. I loved the twist - let me be clear about that. There are a few directions I imagine this series could go from here, and that includes the potential for the police officer. What comes next? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
At the end of the day, "Two-Faced" is a gritty independent series with some high hopes. I encourage anyone on the fence to give the show a chance beyond the pilot episode. Things get much better - and by no means am I saying that the pilot is bad. To those who enjoy the slicker productions created by those with a zillion-dollar budget, may I humbly suggest you "still" give this series a shot. Something can be said about making something from nothing and doing it without big studio money behind you. It also doesn't hurt that this show is actually pretty damn good. Period.