Eye Candy: Season One


WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

So I previously recapped the premiere of Eye Candy, but got so behind that I figured I’d just wait for the finale.

What. A. Ride. Victoria Justice’s MTV Thriller was the highlight to my Mondays, starting off the week with a bit of freshness (mostly from Lindy’s sass). While there were ups and downs, Eye Candy proved it could fluctuate as a show; from finding the Flirtual Killer, to Tommy and Lindy kicking ass and taking names. Even though it struggled in ratings, it maintained and grew from the premiere episode, creating an overwhelming buzz on Twitter (as it was in the list of top shows on social media for many weeks).

Most of the ten episodes focused on the Flirtual Killer (WHO TURNED OUT TO BE JAKE, WHAT THE F*#&), who was obsessed with the protagonist, Lindy Sampson, who is obsessed with finding out what happened to her sister, Sarah (who wasn’t actually kidnapped and faked it to keep Lindy safe). However, some showed the Cyber Unit of the NYPD, with Lindy’s help, taking down other criminals, perhaps to see if the show would be successful without the Flirtual Killer, and the answer to that is YES. I liked those episodes just as much, if not more, than some of the killer episodes.

Many were skeptical of Victoria Justice’s acting skills, and if she could perform well in a thriller after years in comedy, but I think she proved them wrong. Justice performed better than she ever has, and especially shined in the emotional moments, where we all needed to feel for Lindy. She sold it. The sass, the crying, Justice’s skills grew even throughout the series; where she wasn’t doing so well in the beginning, she had nailed by the end of the season.

Tommy and Lindy’s blossoming relationship enchanted the fans of Eye Candy, creating the name Tindy. Some liked Jake and Lindy, Jindy, but hopefully after he was revealed as the Flirtual Killer, those people have sat down and realized that Tindy is the way. Another popular character on the series is Lindy’s roommate, Sophia. A breath of fresh air throughout all the gore and gruesomeness, her charm and sass stole many scenes, and created the bond between Sophia, Lindy and Connor. Sophia, George (Lindy’s fellow hacker best friend) and Connor (Sophia’s best friend) managed to be some of the strongest supporting characters to be seen on MTV. Each had to deal with a serial killer on the loose, and even though Lindy’s presence put them all in danger, they all stayed with her. Each were written with many different layers introduced that could be furthered in future seasons, and it’d be disappointing to never see where they came from.

Eye Candy had a new twist every week; someone was either being killed, or something was revealed about the ongoing mysteries. In the season (not series, yet) finale, Lindy left New York to return to her hometown, after Jake gave her a video of her sister after her “abduction”, saying Lindy would then be safe. The creator of the series confirmed that Lindy and Sarah’s father is very much a part of this mystery, and if the show were to return for season two, we would definitely see him.

Moral of the story: MTV do NOT cancel this show. Sure, live ratings weren’t that great, but almost every week the ratings went up, along with the show trending Worldwide on Twitter. You’ve established a great fanbase for an even greater show, and set the premise for a great second season. It would be a shame to cancel it, and not give us more of this outstanding story.

*update*: Unfortunately, MTV cancelled the show and it will not be returning for season two. Hopefully the show’s producers will let us in on their plan to continue the show, and give us the ultimate fate of the beloved characters. Such a travesty.

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Eye Candy, episode 1: “K3U”


Eye Candy’s pilot picks up a little slowly. Lindy Sampson, a 21-year-old hacker whose younger sister was kidnapped 3 years prior is the main character of the series. The episode begins with Lindy using her hacking skills to search for a woman’s missing daughter. This is what we are to believe that Lindy has been doing for the past 3 years; she’s been searching for her sister.
Cue the cute cop, Ben, who also happens to be Lindy’s ex and the reason she’s on probation, and the drama begins. And here comes the slow part of the pilot; Lindy goes to a club with her friend, who signs her up for a dating app called, “Flirtual.” Sophia signs Lindy up with the username Eye Candy, as the title of the show would suggest. At the club, Lindy meets 3 men off the app (Jake, Reiss and Peter) and flirts with all of them. When Lindy leaves the club, we finally get to experience the plot of the show. She gets a message from an unknown user on Flirtual, saying, “Great meeting you tonight.” When she is almost hit by a car, the user messages her again saying, “Ouch. That could have hurt.” And Lindy realizes that someone is watching her.
Throughout the episode, Lindy rekindles her romance with the cop, Ben, and he helps to protect her from this unknown person, who murders Peter after Lindy has a date with him to see if he’s potentially the stalker. This renews the need to find the Flirtual killer, and later on in the episode, he sends a video of himself at Sophia’s apartment, while Sophia is there. Lindy called Ben, and then Sophia, only to find out Sophia wasn’t at home. The killer set a trap for Lindy and murdered Ben in front of her. The Flirtual killer repeatedly outsmarts Lindy and the police, which only strengthen Lindy’s need to find and stop this person.
There is so much packed into this pilot, but the writers focus on Sarah (Lindy’s sister), Ben and the Flirtual killer, which sets the course for the rest of the season. I admire what the writers did with this pilot, as it didn’t go into much detail of the plot right away. Every obstacle in this episode is written to show us what a strong character Lindy is, and in my opinion, she’s one of the strongest female characters on television right now. I have to admit, I was a little weary about how Victoria Justice would handle a role like this, after all of her comedic stints, but she truly shines in this role. I believe this is really a testament to how intense this show is to become, and writing Lindy as a strong woman makes the show much more realistic. This season is headed on a dark path, as with any show that focuses on murder, but this show is set apart by it’s unique version of crime solving. But it’ll be a long road until we know who the Flirtual killer is, and how much Lindy Sampson has gotten herself into.