An American TV thriller based on the novel of the same name by RL Stine. Eye Candy is centred around 21-year-old tech savvy Lindy Sampson (Victoria Justice), who is persuaded by her roommate Sophia Preston (Kiersey Clemons) to start online dating. Once she begins her online dating conquest, Lindy realises she has attracted the attention of a deadly cyber stalker.

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As the first episode kicks off, Lindy’s younger sister Sara (Jordyn DiNatale) gets bundled into the back of a van outside a fast food restaurant. Three years later, Lindy still hasn’t found Sara and has adopted the hobby of hacking police data-bases as she continues her own search for her sister after she feels the police hasn’t done enough- but ultimately ends up getting caught… By her own boyfriend, who just so happens to be a police officer.

Now the main premise of the story has been set up, the first half of the pilot episode focuses on introducing the main character, which include: George Reyes (Harvey Guillen), Lindy’s co-worker and close friend, Connor North (John Garet Stoker) Lindy’s ‘frenemy’ and Sophia Preston (Kiersey Clemons) Lindy’s best friend and roommate. All of these characters are very well-written, each fit perfectly within the plot and all have a very likable presence in their roles. They are also introduced at a relatively quick pace- Which is always a good thing!

The second half of the episode then takes a much darker turn all of a sudden as Lindy realises she is being obsessively watched by one of her online dating matches, and things take another very sinister and shocking turn as the writer’s quickly kill off one of the ‘cyber stalker’ suspects in a very eerie scene, where the real cyber stalker taunts Lindy as she tries to find out who her stalker really is.

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Things then get a whole lot worse for Lindy as she reconciles with her boyfriend, Ben- who is assigned to protect her from her stalker. But shortly after they make amends, he is kidnapped and subsequently murdered by Lindy’s cyber stalker. Lindy is distraught by Ben’s sudden death and is now even more driven to find out who her stalker is as he continues to commit more murders across New York City, finding his victims through the online dating app ‘Flirtual’, as well as continuing to search for her sister.

Overall, the pilot of Eye Candy is very well put together. It has a very strong set of main characters that work well within in the stories setting and all complement each other very well, making for a very easy watch. Eye Candy also has a very dark and alluring plot, which pulls you in very quickly and definitely leaves you wanting to watch more.

 

3.5/5

 

Dir: Russell Mulcahy

Scr: Christian Taylor and Emmy Grinwis

Cast: Victoria Justice, Casey Deidrick. Harvey Guillen, Kiersey Clemons and John Garet Stoker.

Prd: Jason Blum, Yvonne Bernard, Christian Taylor and Beth Elise Hawk

Country: USA

Year: 2015

Runtime: 39-42 minutes

Eye Candy airs on Mondays on MTV at 11:00pm.