MTV’s Eye Candy – Ziba Klein

My sister told me to start watching MTV’s Eye Candy, which premiered on January 12th, 2015. Eye Candy is based on the novel Eye Candy by R.L. Stine and centers on Lindy Sampson, played by Victoria Justice.

Lindy is a tech genius and expert hacker who is determined to find her sister, Sara, after watching her get abducted at a drive-through. A few years later when Lindy’s best friend and roommate Sophia persuades her to begin online dating, Lindy begins to suspect that one of her “matches” is a lethal cyber stalker. Further in the season we see the correlation between the cyber stalker and Sara’s whereabouts.

The first season has only 10 episodes, each of which got increasingly thrilling and enticing. I was surprised by how dark some of the episodes would get, especially when you would be watching from the cyber stalker’s perspective. It felt unsettling hearing and stepping into his mindset, and of course it was extremely disturbing watching him kill helpless women.

Despite being a television show on MTV, the show did not seem to refrain from blood, gore, and violence. At times the plot seemed cliché but not enough to make me stop watching. The show primarily made me feel creeped out, which progressively intrigued me.

I was shocked to hear the news that Eye Candy will not be returning for a second season. From what I heard from my friends and my sister, Eye Candy seemed like it would at least be picked up for a season 2. Victoria Justice announced the news on Twitter, and the comments section shared my sense of surprise. The show should have gotten another chance—the season finale left so many unanswered questions. I still encourage people to watch Eye Candy, each episode is fun, alarming, and amusing to watch.

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