The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Losing Lyndon, Finding Carter (SPOILERS)


After hearing some good reviews, I decided to check out MTV’s newest hit, “Finding Carter.”  Right off the bat, I was drawn to this story due to its original concept- a teenager finding out that her mom is actually her kidnapper, turning her life upside down.  I personally hadn’t heard of any other story like this, so I was immediately intrigued.  This is a story about real life drama, and there is a lot to explore and work with.

I really liked that the writers decided to have Carter still love Lori even after finding out that she was actually her kidnapper.  I felt that this was a very realistic approach.  Being thrown into a completely new situation, most people have a hard time of believing the truth because it is just so far from the reality they are living.  I pitied Carter because of this, and I hope to see more development in her realization of the whole situation as the story progresses.

In the opening scene, we saw Carter getting frozen yogurt with Lori.  Based on the dialogue, interactions between the characters, and the ages of the characters, I assumed that Carter and Lori were friends.  However, as the scene progresses, it was revealed that the two were actually mother and daughter.  Mothers and daughters can be very close to each other; however, I felt that Carter and Lori’s relationship was a bit of a stretch, especially considering that Carter is an adolescent.  I wish the interactions in the scene were more typical of that of a strong mother-daughter relationship.

The inciting incident of the episode was when Carter found out that Lori was her kidnapper.  This was something I had never seen before, so I was curious as to how it would all go down.  I wanted to see Carter’s initial reaction when she was told the truth, Carter’s biological parent’s reaction when they saw her, and Carter’s reaction when she saw them.  Unfortunately, this monumental scene progressed way too quickly.  All of a sudden Carter’s parents were rushing in, and then they went home.  I even wished to see a bit more once Carter met the rest of her family, especially her twin sister.  If they were going for the whole rushed feeling then that worked, but I still wished to see more emotion.  Carter’s parents had assumed she was dead and now, thirteen years later, she’s suddenly alive.  Carter finds out she had a twin sister all this time, and she never knew.  There was so much potential for this part of the episode; however, I felt that most of that potential was lost.

I look forward to the upcoming episode, curious as to where else this story might take us.

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