Hindsight: Will You Travel Back in Time With VH1's New Drama?

Hindsight Series Premiere Recap

The premiere of VH1’s new original series Hindsight on Wednesday took viewers on a time-traveling journey – but did you enjoy the trip down ’90s memory lane?

Before you chime in with your thoughts, a recap of the pilot: Becca (White Collar‘s Laura Ramsey) is about to get married for the second time to quintessential nice guy Andy (Super Fun Night’s Nick Clifford). He’s sweet, responsible and thoughtful. “But did he set me on fire? Well, I was warm,” Becca’s voiceover reveals. She finds herself reminiscing about the past, including her hunky, unpredictable ex-husband Sean (Legend of the Seeker‘s Craig Horner) and her best friend Lolly (Elementary‘s Sarah Goldberg), whom she hasn’t spoken to in 10 years.

After an encounter with a mysterious, Buddha-quoting stranger (Revenge‘s Collins Pennie), Becca passes out in an elevator and wakes up in 1995 on the morning of her first marriage with Ace of Base’s “The Sign” blaring on the radio. She doesn’t realize what’s happened at first, simply wondering where the Keurig went. Then she starts to put two and two together when she sees that her divorced parents (One Life to Live‘s Brian Kerwin and Resurrection’s Donna Murphy) are still together.

Becca hightails it to Lolly’s – “It’s really you,” she says in wonderment – before trying to convince her pal she’s from the future, where she’s about to marry family friend Andy Kelly.

“I know he was dorky, but he got cute. The same thing happens to Patrick Dempsey!” Becca explains.

Hindsight Series Premiere RecapLolly is dubious and concerned until Becca reveals that she knows her BFF has the clap and slept with her brother Jamie (John Patrick Amedori, aka Gossip Girl‘s Aaron Rose) last night – two pieces of information she couldn’t possibly know unless she really time traveled. After donning her clogs, knee socks and favorite leather jacket, Becca goes to visit her first hubby-to-be Sean. When they got hitched, they were “so in love and so crazy and so stupid. God, he was hot,” she thinks. And a trip to the past means she gets another chance at the best sex she’s ever had. But the afterglow doesn’t last long as she starts to wonder if their marriage sets them both off course.

“You can only ever make one decision, so every decision you make sets you off course,” Sean replies.

Although he has a bad temper, is unpredictable and resented Becca for supporting them, Sean is not an entirely bad guy. He decides to fight for her, asking her to marry him again. “I want to be worthy of you,” he says. Becca, however, is still worried that they’re “destined to make the same mistakes over and over again.” Even as she’s walking down the aisle, she’s full of doubts. But what if she and Sean are meant to be? She has so much more information now. “I could change him. I could change me,” she thinks.

It’s still not enough though to convince her to repeat the past, so she runs out of the church with Lolly, declaring, “I want to do things different, starting with you and me.” (To that end, she doesn’t tell her what their big falling out was about – we just know it was related to something Becca said to her bestie in 2003 – hoping to avoid it.) But it’s not so easy to hit restart, especially when Sean shows up at the bar.

If VH1’s I Love the 90s and the Canadian import Being Erica (which briefly aired on SoapNet) had a baby, it would be Hindsight. My love for Erica is well-known, and the VH1 drama’s premise shares many similarities with that series, mainly a time-traveling heroine with regrets (who it will be revealed in Episode 2 is stuck in an assistant job at a publishing company much like Erica). Not to mention, the mysterious stranger who also shows up in the bar in 1995 sure does seem like he shares a book of quotations with Dr. Tom. But that only made me like Hindsight more because, let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of series that are about looking inwards, friendship, fate and choice. And the show has its own charms like its appealing star and the friendship between Becca and Lolly. Plus, I am a sucker for nostalgic 90s references/music/clothes/you name it, and my goodness, there were loads in the pilot, from Lolly’s despair over AOL’s unfashionable future to the terrific soundtrack.

Will you revisit Hindsight next Wednesday? Grade the premiere via our poll, then hit the comments to back up your pick.

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13 Comments
  1. Robby Horine says:

    My feelings about Hindsight is put best by Becca herself. It didn’t set me on fire, but I was warm. But unlike for marriage, for a cable show, it’s good. I’ll tune in next week.

  2. Stacy says:

    Really enjoyed the pilot. I’ll definitely be tuning in next week. Love the 90’s references, the BFFness, and even the family dynamic. Not loving Craig Horner’s hair…

  3. Cass says:

    I just found out this show existed a couple hours ago, so I haven’t watched it yet, but the first thing I thought when I saw the promo was “Wow, this looks a lot like Being Erica”. I’m excited to see that guess was right and that I’m not the only one who was mildly obsessed with BE,

    • Sarah says:

      Ii miss Being Erica! Yes, Hindsight is very much like it, but depending on any twists and turns they haven’t promoted yet, she may be stuck in just one time period.

      • Roxy says:

        My thoughts exactly! It`s so “Being Erica” combined with much underrated “Do over” (2002). I`ve just been rewatching the latter thinking: “Why does no one take a shot at that scenario? Would be so fun!” Guess, somebody did. Another thing that links “Hindsight” with “Do over” is music. Gotta love the 90s.

  4. Debbie says:

    Would love to see it, but unable to get it in Canada.

    • uk-usa-tvaddict says:

      I live in the UK and have no idea if it will ever show here but the pilot episode was on the vh1’s youtube channel. It might still be there.

  5. puck says:

    Oh Lord.

  6. OA says:

    I came to see Craig Horner (Legend of the Seeker depressingly made me want to give up going to the gym because I’d never achieve such perfection) but I stayed for Laura Ramsey. The show’s “aesthetics” remind me of Chasing Life, soft but heartfelt television.

  7. hemojr says:

    The pilot was nicely done, but crossing my fingers they don’t screw it up.

  8. Time M Wish says:

    This show makes me want a time machine! Love it so much so far! I hope they don’t screw it up too! I was the same age as Becca in 1995. My best friend passed away in 2006 and I wish I could see her again :(

  9. mhh says:

    well done show, chick time travel shows are rare, this is well done.