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The concept for Reunion is refreshing, but not as ground-breaking as the show's website suggests. It chronicles the lives of six friends over the course of 20 years. Each 60-minute episode encapsulates one year (think 24, but with more of a tesseract). The big twist? One of the friends will be murdered. So, the series is a 20-part whodunit. Each episode will, presumably, lead to a generous payoff next spring.

After a brief opening scene at a funeral, we flashback to the year 1986. It's graduation day at Bedford High School in New York. Over the next several minutes, we meet six stereotypical, polarized, small-town characters: Will (the jock), Aaron (the nice guy), Craig (the rich kid), Samantha (the popular girl), Jenna (the slut) and Carla (the quirky, geeky, one-day-you'll-see type). In an overused plot twist, Craig's girlfriend (Samantha) has been sleeping with Craig's best friend (Will), and is secretly pregnant with Will's child. Meanwhile, Aaron is head-over-heels for Jenna (who is surely going to break his fragile heart). All the while, Samantha painfully watches in the sidelines. As much as we loved the brat pack movies of the 80s, all these themes have been carried out before.