'Switched at Birth' Season 3 Premiere Review: Change is Not Always a Good Thing
'Switched at Birth' Season 3 Premiere Review: Change is Not Always a Good Thing
Rachelle Thomas
Rachelle Thomas
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Switched at Birth has been ground-breaking drama that dared to cross lines for two seasons. Sadly, the season 3 premiere does not have any of those things. In fact, it is one of the slowest moving episodes I have ever watched of the hit show.

It is the first day of senior year for Daphne and Bay. Their beloved Carlton is still open, but it is so not the same. The one-time mostly deaf school is now full of juvenile delinquents. Deaf kids and juvenile delinquents doesn't sound like a great mix and it isn't. Daphne already has a nemesis among her new classmates, which is boring. The whole storyline is forced and does not hold my attention at all. It is easy to see how it will all unfold. "Bad kids" take over the school. "Good kids" have a hard time adjusting. The two groups clash and collide but in the end will be friends. No thank you, I say, and I sincerely hope my prediction is not accurate.

Besides her school issues, Daphne struggles to get her relationship with bio dad John back on track. He is still peeved about all the political scandal she caused over the summer. Speaking of her political shenanigans, her actions land Daphne 100 hours of community service that will be done at a free clinic, of course. A homeless girl immediately tugs at Daphne's heartstrings. The one bright spot is Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte joins the cast as a volunteer at the clinic. Looks like he is going to be a potential love interest for Daphne. He is truly amazing and definitively adds something to a not-so-stellar storyline.

Bay is still reeling from her break-up with hunky Ty. She thinks he cheated, but we all know he didn't. It kind of sends her in a tailspin, but only after she ignores dealing with it for much of the episode. Bay has one thing going for her: a killer college art class that introduces her to a frat guy. Again, probably a love interest who so far does not interest me. Personally, I want to see her with Emmett, who is barely in the episode but nobody has asked me yet.

So you have the jist of what is going on with the girls, but there is the rest of the Vasquez/ Kennish clan to think about. Kathryn is looking to find herself, essentially, and makes a new friend that it appears is going to help her. John is probably not going to be happy about that at all. Regina wants to take on a new business venture and will need Angelo's help. Little does she know her man is having some money issues -- you see where that is going, don't you? Finally, there is newly-married Toby, who does a whole lot of nothing and knows it.

As you can tell, I am not very thrilled with the beginning of the new season of Switched at Birth. Perhaps my expectations of the show are too high? No, that is not it, there is something lacking in the new season. Sure, there is plenty of drama: Daphne alone is full of that, but it isn't the compelling drama of seasons past. At the end of each episode, I usually feel like it went by way too fast. However, at the end of the season 3 premiere, titled "Drowning Girl," I just feel relieved it's over. That being said, I am going to keep an open mind in the hopes that the hit show will soon be back to what it once was. If not, it could be a long season.

Check out a promo for the premiere of Switched at Birth:

Switched at Birth premieres Monday, January 13 at 8pm on ABC Family.

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