The ITV drama debuted on Monday night (October 26) and while some of The Sister reviews were glowing, others weren’t so convinced.
After weeks of hype, the nation sat down to see what all the fuss was about and while some are clamouring for episode 2, others decided to switch off altogether before the end.
What is The Sister about?
When Bob (Bertie Carvel) turns up on the doorstep of Nathan (Russell Tovey) his life is thrown upside down.
Nathan has spent a decade trying to atone for the part he played in the death of a young woman named Elise (Simone Ashley).
However, when Bob arrives on Nathan’s doorstep he appears surprised to discover that he has inexplicably married Elise’s sister.
Did Nathan kill her? What does Bob have to do with it? All will be revealed in the remaining episodes…
What did viewers say about The Sister Episode 1?
The chilling drama comes from the masterminds behind massively popular series Luther, so expectations were already high to start with.
The first episode left many at home with a case of the willies. Some applauded the “strong” performances from the cast, while others loved the “eerie” atmosphere.
However, not everyone was left satisfied and Twitter was littered with niggles and complaints when the first episode drew to a close.
Confusing plot structure
Viewers rushed to social media in droves to complain that they were completely in the dark as to what was actually going on.
The non-linear structure of the plot had some reaching for the rewind button to get to grips with the story, while others threatened to switch off entirely.
This nonlinear narrative has got me not knowing what on earth is going on #thesister
— Sarina Kiayani (@SarinaKiayani) October 26, 2020
does anyone know what's actually going on? #TheSister
— Áine is ainm dom (@ainerose) October 26, 2020
This is a bit hard to follow #TheSister
— Louise Wraith (@LouiseWraith) October 26, 2020
I really want to like it, but so far I’m struggling with #TheSister
— john stephen (@johnstephen114) October 26, 2020
I’m into #TheSister but I seriously haven’t got the foggiest what’s going on! 😂🤯
— Bex Charlotte (@bexycharlotte) October 26, 2020
While the plot may have been confusing to some, others were having a hard time following the first episode for an altogether different reason.
Russell Tovey’s character had a tendency to “mumble,” and it was making may viewers reach for their volume button in a bit to understand what he was supposed to be saying.
However, others hinted that it may be the actor’s accent causing issues.
I was really looking forward to #TheSister but that first ep was pretty boring. Also couldn’t understand half the things Russell Tovey said due to all the mumbling… Disappointing!
— Phoebe Barton (@PheebBarton) October 26, 2020
Had to turn the volume up as Nathan mumbles !
The voice on the cd was louder and clearer …. #TheSister
— Rob (@RobHanlon1958) October 26, 2020
Am I the only one finding #TheSister difficult to understand ? Not sure if it’s the sound or the accents ?
— Holly Munn (@HollyMunn93) October 26, 2020
Who plays Bob and why does he look like Fagin from Oliver Twist?
Bob is the show’s integral shifty character, and his creepiness is crucial to keeping fans hooked on the story.
However, his styling left many viewers with the giggles instead of giving them the creeps.
Lots of fans felt like whoever came up with the character was no doubt a big fan of Oliver Twist character Fagin. As a result, many were left laughing rather than cowering.
To make matters worse, others went so far as to suggest TOWIE star Pete Wicks had bagged himself the role.
Read more: Who plays Bob in The Sister?
I cannot take Bertie Carvel’s character Bob seriously. He’s like a mix of Fagin from Oliver Twist, Filch from Harry Potter, Pete Wicks from TOWIE & Captain Jack Sparrow #TheSister
— Roisin Kelly (@roisinkatekelly) October 26, 2020
— Sally-Anne Tarpy (@SallyTarpy73) October 26, 2020
Creepy guy sounds like Joe Pasquale #TheSister
— gary cooney (@fanofthetan) October 26, 2020
#thesister is Bob doing an impression of "Fagin"?
— Celia (@Celia81479858) October 26, 2020
Can’t somebody turn on a light?
Despite the show being set in modern times, seemingly none of the characters knew what a light switch is!
Due to this, a handful of fans say that the show was simply too dark to watch.
It’s a bit, meh. Time hopping is irksome, believability almost 0, I like Bob but not when he talks and will someone switch a ducking light on! #TheSister
— Sam Tiley (@samtiley) October 26, 2020
TURN A LIGHT ON #TheSister
— iCod (@icod) October 26, 2020
– The Sister episode 2 airs on ITV on Tuesday, October 27.
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