A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This mystery series is seamy and soap-opera-y; messages are too TV-exaggerated to really land.
Positive Role Models
Characters are complicated and not very realistic; perhaps the most positive character is a sheriff who pokes around a mystery looking for answers, but even she is a flawed character. A therapist and his patient wind up in a romantic relationship, which will make many uncomfortable though both are adults.
There are two main characters of color: a sheriff and a police officer. Both are strong and principled characters, but the focus of the drama is on a pair of White women.
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Violence & Scariness
Two young girls are shown at their mom's funeral with her dead body in a coffin; one girl touches her mom's cheek and says "Cold." We see the dead body of a horse at length with dried blood on her head and blood pooled beneath, and spooky imagery like a doll with a scary face and a candlelit ritual between family members. We see a burned body at length, and characters are in mortal danger, threatened by other characters by a gun and a knife, and by an intense fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character shown in bra in a non-sexual context (about to take a bath). Characters kiss, sometimes passionately, and refer to off-screen sex.
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Cursing and language includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs play a part in this narrative, with a character revealed to be selling ketamine. We see the scene of a would-be sale, which includes a violent threat to main characters. Characters drink at dinners and gatherings; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Echoes is a dark mystery about twins with secret lives. Mature elements are present, including a lengthy, but not gory look at a burned human body and the body of a horse that has been shot in the head. A character is threatened briefly with a gun, but it's never pointed at her. Sexual content is confined to characters kissing, sometimes passionately, and a character who strips down to a bra before taking a bath, though infidelity plays a part in the drama. Drugs play a part in the narrative, and in one scene we see a character exchanging ketamine for money. Cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," and "damn."
Is It Any Good?
With a lot of big name talent behind it, this soapy mystery is clearly reaching for Gone Girl-ish territory, but the twists are doled out too slowly for it to be truly grabby. Echoes could have been a fun feature film, maybe a Lifetime movie to better reach an audience who appreciates complicated women in peril. But with 7 50-minute episodes, Echoes just sort of pokes along, both repetitive and snoozy.
There's one Big Secret that Echoes is built around; we won't reveal it here. It's a good one, but it's simply not enough to sustain multiple hours of drama, and the smaller zigs and zags are not as compelling, though they head into many different directions (drugs! Betrayal! A headless doll!). Monaghan gives an enjoyably gonzo performance (that accent!), Matt Bomer is fun as a husband with secrets of his own, and Ali Stroker is a mean-mouthed delight as Leni and Gina's resentful sister, Claudia. But it's not enough.
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