Well basically it’s like 24 but instead of 24 hours, it’s 20 years. It follows an apparently close-knit group of 6 high school friends who come together 20 years after graduation for a funeral. One of them was murdered (most likely by another one of them). The Pilot is interesting because apart from Claudia (or Clara) who was interviewed by the police and narrated what happened the summer after graduation, we don’t really know who’s still alive… hence we don’t know who was actually murdered.
OK, I’ll check ABC and get the names right.
This is the picture I got from Wikipedia. (Don’t worry I didn’t peep at the spoilers).
From bottom centre going clockwise: Carla (close!), Aaron (well it sounded like Erin. :p), Samantha (yah!), Craig (I knew it!), Will and Jenna.
The plot that truly hooked me in the pilot was the Sam/Craig/Will plot. Craig is rich, Will is poor and they are best friends in love with the same girl, Sam who is Craig’s girlfriend. Craig and Sam have a fight, Sam and Will sleep together and Sam falls pregnant. Craig and Will go to a party, Craig is DUI, there’s an accident, and Will (who’s near-sober) decides to take the rap for this friend, partly because: a, Will has a better chance of getting off lightly since he wasn’t drunk; b, Craig is a spoilt rich kid who’s used to being bailed out; and c, Will is guilty about sleeping with his best friend’s girl.
Well as I guessed once I saw the plot developing, Will doesn’t get off lightly but a stern judge gives him 12 months incarceration. Sam doesn’t abort the pregnancy even though it meant ‘changing her dreams’. Oh, and Craig doesn’t know about the affair or the fact that the girl he proposed to is pregnant with his best friend’s baby.
There’s another love triangle with Aaron/Jenna/Carla but it’s not half as interesting, although it is interesting.
I’m finding myself in the unique position of liking all the characters equally. Probably that will change, but it’s nice to start a TV series from the beginning with such a positive feeling.