Try to find a review of Betrayal online and you won’t find a single positive one. It seems like every critic on the planet is jumping on the hate bandwagon – ripping the show apart for its terrible acting, atrocious music, and bland storytelling. Well, consider me the exception to the rule, because I thought this was an engaging pilot brimming with excellent chemistry, impeccable editing, and some of the best music I’ve heard all year.
ABC has found enormous success over the past two years with Revenge and Scandal, and they’ve wisely decided to continue that trend with Betrayal (yes, the one-word name is pretty stupid). But if you look past the admittedly insipid title, you’ll find an intriguing little production that blends a simple premise (a married man and a married woman begin a complicated love affair) and a murder plot, into one highly entertaining guilty pleasure.
As Sara and Jack, both Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend are first-rate. Their chemistry is electric, and every glance is packed with a ton of nuance and emotion. The whole show rests on their shoulders, and they do a great job with the material. Their supporting cast includes the uber-talented and menacing James Cromwell (fresh off a terrifying turn on American Horror Story and a recent Emmy win), in addition to Alias alum Merrin Dungey (whom I’ve missed greatly).
It’s also worth noting that Betrayal‘s musical score is outstanding. Every scene is imbued with a wonderfully ethereal-like score that acts a perfect compliment to the show’s mysterious and romantic tone. In addition, the two songs I’ve listed below are downright gorgeous, so be sure to give them a listen.
Honestly speaking, Betrayal probably won’t last the season. There’s a ton of bad buzz surrounding the show, and the pilot didn’t pull in good numbers for ABC. However, I found myself quite captivated by the show, and since it’s been promoted as a limited-run series, we’ll probably get a satisfying ending if we stick with it for a while.
But please, stop it with the in media res openings. It was totally unnecessary, particularly since the mystery was reused in the pilot’s cliffhanger.
Show Me Love by Epic Pop (featured in the promo)
Feel For Me by Foy Vance
Ignore the critics and give Betrayal a shot. You just might find an absorbing little drama.