|Kylie Bunbury as Lacey Porter|
A “Twisted” Commentary On Black Women As TV Love Interests
I typically avoid shows where teens are the stars, that are part of the ABC Family collection, and I try really hard to avoid anything which has to do with the CW.
That being said, sometimes you just gotta give in.
For those who are just joining us and haven't been on the Narrative lately, Kylie Bunbury stars as Lacey Porter on ABC's Twisted. It airs Tuesday nights at 9/8 Central, is available for subscription on Amazon.com, and though I loathe to admit it, it has my attention.
Twisted is not a teen/tween "thriller", contrary to popular advertising. If anything, it's a dark comedy with some basic Whedonesque tendencies. The story revolves around three childhood friends: Danny Desai (an East Indian-white mixie), Lacey Porter, and Jo Masterson, a white girl. At the age of eleven, Danny strangles his aunt Tara Desai with a jump rope while his friends are just outside, playing on a swingset.
The murder rocks their idyllic little town and 11-year-old Danny gets sentenced to spend five years in a juvenile facility. At the age of sixteen, he returns.
Upon his return, he finds Jo has become a socially reclusive outcast and Lacey has become a pretty and popular girl. The two girls are no longer friends, and neither is looking forward to Danny's return (they keep having nightmares about "that day"). Lacey even gets on TV and dubs Danny "The Socio", a nickname which sweeps through their high school like an STD.
And while the show explores whether or not Danny really is a sociopath (he does meet some of the requirements), our interest on this site lies with the characterization of Lacey Porter. But don't worry Avan Jogia fans...I intend to discuss the characterization of Danny more thoroughly on the Narrative.
I kind of admire this character; she becomes popular and starts dating a jock (a really bland white dude) as a matter of survival. After Danny was sent away, Lacey and Jo became pariahs overnight. I don't understand this, since they were just as horrified and (literally) traumatized by the murder as everyone else.
But anyways, Lacey is beautiful. Actress Kylie Bunbury is a stunning, classy, graceful, eloquent young woman and I have very high hopes for her career after this. I say "after this" because let's face it...there's No Way this show's staying on for the next several years. The character of Lacey Porter is a Black Girls Club Inductee of THE highest order: she's beautiful, she's popular, she's desired by her white boyfriend and the tall, dark, and mysterious lead character, and oh yeah...her role in the promotion of the series already smells of fail.
|See where I'm going with this? If not....|
There are five episodes so far, and I'll be posting the fourth and fifth at the end of this. If you're unfamiliar with the show, you can watch the first three on Amazon.com and the last two on Hulu, but let me just get you caught up. Where Lacey's concerned, there's a lot...but not a lot because she has limited screen time (quel surprise).
Lacey is initially hostile to Danny and standoffish to Jo, but when her friend Regina is murdered and Danny's accused, she can't avoid those two anymore. Then there's the fact that Danny and Lacey are intensely attracted to each other, so much that on his first or second night back in town she falls asleep at his house after spending the whole night talking with him. Mm-hm.
In the meantime, Lacey is dating
By the way, Lacey's mother is Judy Porter, a divorcee portrayed by Robin Givens.
If you can't view the eps, never fear. The Twisters on YouTube have your back.