With a title like Betrayal, a time slot after Revenge, and beautiful protagonists like lawyer Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) and photographer Sara Hanley (Hannah Ware, Boss), I expected this show to beat us over our heads with outlandish passion scene after passion scene until our eyes bled.
But what we got was a very tame soap opera with none of the high-wattage emotional displays. The premise sounded promising: Jack and Sara are each married with kids and start an affair. But it turns out Jack will become the arch legal nemesis of Sara’s husband in a high-profile murder trial. Dun-dun-dun. The biggest problem was that the two main characters lacked the chemistry needed to sustain this story of forbidden romance. Their dialogue was stilted, there were too many ad hoc meet-cutes, and there was the issue of the weird sex scenes – both of which were spliced with legal negotiations scenes. Unnerving for the viewer to go from one buttoned-up shot to another buttoned-down one.
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