In the vein of other TV series being reviewed for this website, I decided to jump on the train. It might not be sophisticated cinema but the 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of my personal favourites. While rumours of a TV show in the works have been out for a few years, I was on the fence about it. In the end, curiosity got the better of me so here I am, giving my honest unfiltered thoughts. Let’s begin.
The atmospheric first scene shows Lennon, our main character, who comes home for summer break to the seaside town of Wai Huna. There’s some obvious tension between her and her father for a reason unknown at that point. The action kicks off right away when Lennon finds a ram head in her closet, which freaks her out, meaning it wasn’t an interesting interior design choice.
The rest of the episode is one giant flashback sequence to a year before and takes place almost exclusively at an end-of-the-school-year party. Lots of drinking and drugs, which according to TV is usual teen behaviour. We see Lennon with her twin sister Alison. As expected, the twin sisters are complete opposites. Alison is the shy considerate one while Lennon is the party girl with little conscience.
Lennon, being the amazing sister she is, decides to cosy up with Dylan, a guy Alison has a crush on. Reasoning? Alison dared to say no to doing drugs at the party. This drives a wedge between the siblings and understandably so. The real beginning of the story is when Lennon and her friends end up accidentally running Alison over on the way home. After a short discussion, they decide to get rid of the body, as one does. As luck would have it, someone is observing them as they execute the deed, because otherwise there would be no series.
What seems a pretty straightforward plot gets a new spin on it when the audience finds out that Alison is not the one who died that night. Instead, it was Lennon and Alison assumed her identity because that is the only logical course of action, right?
As far as opening episodes go, I Know What You Did Last Summer is not off to a bad start. It sets up the atmosphere and introduces us to the characters, who if unlikeable are at least somewhat interesting. Was the whole sister swap mystery revealed too early? I think so, but there has to be a reason why such a choice was made. Let’s keep watching…(4 / 5)