Siesta Key is a reality TV series that's essentially Laguna Beach with a fresh cast and locale, and it's a perfect guilty pleasure for the summer.
On Siesta Key Season 1 Episode 1, friends new and old descended on Siesta Key for a big event: Rich kid, Alex was throwing a party of epic proportions for his birthday.
When the episode got underway, we got to find out the gist of what there is to know about the people of Siesta Key, and there were a little too much characters to keep track of for our liking.
Bella Thorne lookalike Juliette opened the episode with a narration to confirm she has a thing going on with Alex and that his ex-girlfriend, Madisson was back in town.
Juliette was cautious because she wanted things with her and Alex to flourish and she worried that she was going to wind up in a love triangle down to the fact that he and Madisson have a history that dates all the way back to school.
It was a little much for an opening number, but it set the tone for the episode ahead. Jealousy is rampant on teen dramas, and Siesta Key is no different.
Alex's best friend, Chloe was the only one who was semi-likable. While her fellow cast members appeared very awkward on-screen, Chloe was a natural.
Maybe they all had jitters because it was the first episode, but Chloe definitely seems like the one who will be the glue that holds everyone together, and that's easy enough to get on board with.
She works in a beach bar and has a thing for Brandon. She spoke him up very well to new girl Kelsey, and it was obvious Kelsey thought about laughing when she actually got to meet him.
Kelsey is smoking hot, and everyone wanted to be her friend because who doesn't like a hot friend to hang around with?
Alex looked like he was undressing her with his eyes across the bar when they first met. Chloe then practically forced him to invite her to his birthday bash.
Kelsey has a boyfriend named Garret who went to school with the rich kids, but apparently kept himself to himself. Something tells us he's going to have some deep, dark secrets that will be brought to the forefront as the series goes on.
When it came to the party, everyone was fawning over Alex, and it was probably because he (or MTV!) were paying for all the drinks.
All eyes turned to Kelsey when she walked in because they were enamored with her swimsuit. However, Juliette was instantly jealous and asked Alex to introduce them to each other.
Juliette then proceeded to lick Alex's face all over while everyone watched. Kelsey was not amused by it, and Juliette made herself look like an ass. Aren't we supposed to root for the narrator?!
Juliette then turned her attention to Madisson to find out whether anything was going to happen between her and Alex. Madisson shut her down, but it didn't stop Juliette saying they could hang out and be friends.
Yeah, that's never going to happen. Madisson is in love with Alex. If her looking at old pictures of them together does not prove that, then we don't know what will.
The biggest moment of the episode was when Chloe face timed Alex, and her face looked busted. We don't know what happened, but something tells us she may have fought with her friend over having a thing for Brandon.
All told, Siesta Key was a bit of a slog to get through. MTV is trying desperately trying to return to its former glory, and with a few tweaks, the show could become a flagship.
The episode would have benefited by giving less back story on some of the periphery characters. We also could have done without meeting the parents so soon.
Either way, we're hooked and will be bringing you recaps of the new show on a weekly basis!
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