->''"Look, there are two sides to this. My side, and [[TitleDrop the other side]]."''
-->--'''Virginia''', Episode 15
''The Other Side'' is an action/drama webseries.
The show centers on '''[[TheHero Virginia]]''', a young woman who escapes being tortured at the hands of '''[[BadassInANiceSuit Turk]]''' and subsequently tries to rescue the people who had been kidnapped alongside her, the States (so named because there are 50 of them, one from every State). Major characters include '''[[BadassBeard Colorado]]''', a turncoat State who is now [[TheDragon Turk's right-hand man]]; '''[[ChildSoldier Talia]]''', Virginia's former friend whose past with Turk's agency is the basis for the State Project; '''[[TheLancer Hawaii]]''', one of the first States rescued by Virginia, and her closest friend and ally; '''[[BiggerBad Mr. Livingston]]''' [[ManBehindTheMan Turk's mysterious boss]] and some of his employees, '''[[CrazyAwesome Brent]]''' and '''[[TheMole Ethan]]'''. Season 2 introduces '''[[TheWatson Texas]]''' and '''[[WaifFu Georgia]]''', two new States corrupted by Turk and Colorado. Season 3 has introduced four new recurring characters: '''[[JerkAss Jesse]]''' and '''[[MsFanservice Alice]]''', employees of Mr. Livingston and '''[[TheMafia Mr. Cain]]''' and his son '''[[EvilRedhead Jimmy]]''', an organized crime family with a connection to one of the States.
Every episode centers on one character, who receives a flashback somewhere in the episode, illuminating a small part of the show's expansive mythology.
The show premiered in September 2012, and is currently in its third season. It requires a bit of patience, in terms both the story and the cinematography, but it picks up ''a lot'' of steam after an awkward beginning and improves practically with every episode.
!!This show provides examples of:
* AbsenteeActor: Hawaii disappears for a stretch of five episodes in Season 2, presumably off being the HeroOfAnotherStory.
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Nevada's death.]]
* ActionGirl: see WorldOfActionGirls.
* AdvertisedExtra / BillingDisplacement: Ethan was in the title credits in Season 2 but only appeared in 4 episodes, less than Livingston, Brent, Georgia, Texas and Talia, who were all guest stars.
* AffablyEvil: The Cains have it down to a science, particularly Mr. Cain. In his first proper scene, he treats Virginia to a candle-lit dinner with wine, speaks charmingly and cordially and expresses genuine empathy for her situation at several points. [[spoiler: However, after he has perceived that she's lied to him and threatened his daughter, he becomes angry, bitter, and has her sent off to be tortured and raped. ''Yeah''.]]
* AlmostKiss: Virginia and Brent in the Season 3 premiere.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Arizona. She definitely does some pretty bad stuff, but she doesn't appear to have a ''motive'' for any of it. She justifies her presence at the State Fight with a shrug, and it's left at that.
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged.]] The States all undergo personality shifts after their NeuralImplanting, but it's made clear that some things never change.
** Hawaii goes from [[spoiler: Livingston's personal assassin]] to a man with no fighting ability whatsoever, but his attachment to Livingston survives the operation, as does his flighty nature.
** Nevada goes from a regular cheery high-school student to a cold assassin, but her devotion to her sister transposes itself as a desire to help the other States.
** Georgia's reluctance to commit to something is turned around 180 degrees (pre-State Georgia doesn't know if she should accept a full scholarship in Miami, post-State Georgia becomes a full-fledged member of Team Turk, reasoning that it's the safest place to be) but she never loses her desire to make her own choices. This one is partially justified, because she retains her memories from before the operation.
* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: [[AvertedTrope Yeah, right]]. One of the weakest elements of the first half of the show is its repeated attempts to invoke this, and ending up with choreographed fights that are not executed correctly. Season 3 manages to fix the problem, with the first big fight scene looking much more natural by invoking moves that a normal person with a little bit of training could and would use in an actual fight.
* AscendedExtra: The shining example has to be Brent, who appears as a wordless extra late in Season 1, and returned in Season 2 as a major character. Ethan and Livingston also qualify.
* BadassFamily: The Cains.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler: Hawaii.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Jesse and Alice after taking down one of Cain's men.
* BeardOfEvil: A pretty good indication of whether or not a male character is going to be a villain is whether or not they have facial hair.
** Seemingly [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Colorado, who is shown in flashback to have his beard, but first appears clean-shaven. It appears he shaved shortly before he became TheMole, and grew it back once outed as a villain.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Turk dissuades Colorado from bringing a gun to the State Fight because it's "so impersonal", and he wants to look into Virginia's eyes as he kills her. [[spoiler: He brings one himself, however, and uses it to kill Talia.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Hawaii (Betty) and Brent (Veronica) to Virginia's Archie.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Seems to run in the family for the Cains, all three of whom were introduced as rather charming and charismatic, and later turned out to be rather cold-blooded.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The arguable point of the show. Turk and Colorado are clearly evil, but Virginia's isn't above murder, torture and putting innocent lives at risk to get what she wants.
* BlackComedy: Season 2, Episode 4, and entire episode of Virginia torturing Brent for information... while he flirts with her relentlessly.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Turk, Livingston, Ethan, although they're all dirty blonds. Doesn't really count, because Colorado (dark brown) and the Cains ([[EvilRedhead red]]) are just as bad.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: By the beginning of Season 3, Virginia's sported all three.
* BloodyHandprint: On a shower curtain.
* BreakupMakeupScenario: Virginia and Hawaii go through a version of this, given that they were never technically coupled. After growing increasingly frustrated with Hawaii's constant undermining of her plans, Virginia forces Hawaii to choose between her and Livingston. He chooses Livingston and leaves. Later, she contacts him again and asks for his help, and they reunite and even have their FirstKiss. [[spoiler: Then he dies]].
* CallForward: "The magical land of Oz". [[note]]Colorado answers with this when Ethan demands to know where Texas and Georgia are. Over the next few episodes, we see that this is where Colorado told both Texas and Georgia he was going to take them when he released them.[[/note]]
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Canada Doubling]]: So far it's portrayed several states in flashbacks. The show itself might not even take place in Canada.
* CardboardPrison: The Facility. Virginia's broken out (and ''in'') repeatedly and with little difficulty. It's lampshaded in Season 2, when nobody seems the least bit surprised when Talia breaks out offscreen.
* CastHerd: The show can easily be broken down in different factions based on character's alliances. Starting in Season 2, the opening titles assign each group its own color. There's Team Virginia (White), Team Turk (Grey), Team Livingston (Red) and Team Cain (Purple).
* CentralTheme: Loyalty.
* ChildSoldier: Talia's backstory smacks of this.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Basically a motif at this point. The show opens on a scene of this, a so far every season has devoted [[OnceASeason at least one episode to somebody's torture]].
** Season 1, Episodes 7 and 8: Virginia is tortured by Turk and Colorado, who drag in Hawaii halfway through in order to force her to talk.
** Season 2, Episode 4: Virginia unsuccessfully tortures Brent, who laughs it off and even starts flirting with her.
** Season 3, Episode 4: [[spoiler: The Cains torture Virginia, Turk and Colorado. This one is notable because it features the first truly successful method a torturer has employed. That method, unfortunately, is [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape]].]]
* ConMenHateGuns: Colorado, although he's [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness not above brandishing on in the Season 3 premiere to rescue Turk.]]
* CutApart: Seems to be happening early in Season 2. There's no other explanation for how Virginia, Hawaii, Brent, Turk, Colorado, Ethan, Georgia ''and'' Texas can all be at the Facility at the same time and not encounter one another.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Completely and utterly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in every case. [[spoiler: Nevada's last words are, in fact, a stubborn plea for Virginia to see things her way, rather than an acknowledgement that there may be more than one way to save the States]].
* DesignatedGirlFight: Virginia vs. Talia in Episode 2, and Virginia vs. Nevada in Episode 6.
* DrivingQuestion: What did Talia see under the bridge?
* TheDulcineaEffect: All over the place with Virginia and Hawaii. Five minutes after they meet each other, he's already pledging that he'll do anything for her because she saved his life. However, it's [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in Season 2, where we get to see just how difficult it is for the two of them to stay exclusively loyal to one another when they have very different agendas.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The show's first season was of much lower quality, with very short episodes, and focus generally only given to Virginia and Turk. The second season is when it really started to [[GrowingTheBeard Grow The Beard]].
* EnemyMine: Virginia says it word-for-word toward the end of Season 2, about working with Livingston, or at least Hawaii.
** As of Season 3, she and Brent are working for Livingston.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Texas is TheBigGuy of Team Turk, although physically he's about the same size as Colorado.
* FakeGuestStar: Colorado in Season 1. Livingston and Georgia in the second half of Season 2. Jesse and Alice in Season 3.
* FanService: Virginia's escort getup in Episode 9.
* ForScience: Seems to be the reasoning behind Talia's operation/Eximius infusion. Turk basically states that she's been forced into it.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Team Turk in Season 2.
** Turk - The Cynic
** Colorado - The Optimist
** Georgia - The Realist
** Texas - The Conflicted
* FreezeFrameBonus: The list of States seen in Episode 3, indicating which ones are still alive and what their real names are, has so far proven to be completely accurate.
** [[spoiler: Talia can be seen in a few shots at the party in Episode 9, albeit with a different hairstyle and wearing a mask.]]
* FrontlineGeneral: Turk.
* GeneralFailure: Turk, for most of the first two seasons, which eventually results in a VillainousBreakdown. However, after he splits off from Livingston, he gets much better, and Season 2 ends with a massive victory for his team ([[spoiler: Virginia's side of the State Fight incurs four casualties, including Hawaii and Talia, while Turk's side only loses Texas.]])
* GovernmentConspiracy: It's safe to say that the States Program isn't public knowledge, given that it involves the kidnapping and eventual murder of fifty innocent people.
* ImperialStormTrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Turk seems to be a graduate, and this, coupled with [[FailedASpotCheck Failing a Spot Check]], allows [[spoiler: both Virginia and Hawaii]] to get away toward the end of Season 1. We finally get to see Virginia's bullet wound in Season 2, where it becomes clear that Turk shot her at point blank range... in the shoulder.
* IronicEcho: Characters have a habit of quoting each other whenever the tables turn in their favor. Virginia repeats Turk's "You underestimate me if you think that I would let you go/cave that easily" when she has him at gunpoint, and Colorado repeats Ethan's line about not being able to keep secrets with a job like this (which Ethan said to Turk) [[spoiler: right before he kills him]].
* ItsPersonal: The driving force behind Virginia and Turk's conflict, considering that he loses control of the States in the first episode of Season 2.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler: Talia was not actually killed in Episode 2. This isn't revealed until Season 2, but some viewers may be tipped off by the fact that she has a flashback episode that season.]]
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Turk and Colorado are this to Mr. Livingston's organization. In Season 3, ''everybody'' is this to the Cains.
* LimaSyndrome and StockholmSyndrome have both been avoided so far.
* MadeOfIron: So far, [[spoiler: Virginia]] has survived being tortured extensively (twice), stabbed, shot in the shoulder at point-blank range, and knocked unconcious several times.
* MauveShirt: Joyce the doctor. Texas is a debatable example.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Colorado]] is this for about five minutes in Season 1, but Virginia never really buys it. Played straighter in Season 2; [[spoiler: Hawaii and Ethan]] are both moles for Livingston, spying on [[spoiler: Virginia and Turk]] respectively.
* MoodLighting: Scenes in the torture chamber. Always pitch black except for orange lights, contrasting the vibrant colors of the rest of the show.
* MoodWhiplash: Season 2 Episode 6, right after [[spoiler: Ethan has been murdered and Turk has gone to war with Mr. Livingston, we get a triumphant, upbeat ending in which Talia is revealed to be alive and aligned with Virginia.]]
** Season 3, Episode 4, places a lighthearted flashback in between two scenes that are dead serious.
* NeuralImplanting: The States were implanted with Talia's memories, and, as an unintended side effect, her enhanced fighting ability.
* NeutralityBacklash: Failing to pick a side and stay there does not end well for anyone on this show. The State Fight claims several victims by this principal: [[spoiler: Hawaii, who tries to stay loyal to Livingston and Virginia despite their conflicting agendas; Texas, who fails to commit to Team Turk the way Georgia does; and Talia, who remains pacifistic during the battle despite her apparent allegiance to Virginia.]]
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Averted in the Season 3 premiere; Virginia brings up how [[spoiler: Hawaii was beaten to death by a 90-pound girl.]] She also indirectly refers to [[spoiler: Ethan]] as a "goon" that she beat up, but she probably doesn't know he's dead.
* NoDialogueEpisode: The Season 2 finale is this, excepting the flashback at the end.
* NonActionGuy: Colorado and Hawaii both emphasize that they don't know how to fight. During the State Fight, they're both paired against girls. [[spoiler: Colorado only wins his because he fights dirty, and Hawaii is actually ''killed'' during his.]]
* NotNamedInOpeningCredits: Three times now, [[spoiler: Talia has appeared without a guest credit. In Episode 9, she wasn't credited because her character was believed dead at that point, and in Episodes 16 and 26, her appearance is supposed to be a surprise.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Colorado believes this of Virginia.
* NowOrNeverKiss: [[spoiler: Hawaii kisses Virginia in Episode 21 as a sort of apology for not being able to accompany her to the State Fight. He ends up going anyway, which results in his death, turning this into a LastKiss.]]
* OnceASeason: Arizona only shows up in the last episode of each season to wreak havoc and then disappear.
** The sixth episode of every season has the flashback character [[spoiler: die and then immediately receive their flashback]].
** Virginia kisses a man in the penultimate episode of every season. In Season 1, it's [[spoiler: Turk]], and in Season 2 it's [[spoiler: Hawaii]].
* OnlyOneName: We know the real names of all of the States that were on the list, but only their first names. Even the non-State characters only go by one name: Turk, Brent, Ethan, Mr. Livingston. The only full name we've learned so far is Alice Kensington.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Turk and Colorado, of the [HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual]] variety. Jesse and Alice, of the "could be a couple but aren't" variety.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Written down'', no less. The first two seasons are otherwise totally devoid of any word worse than "shit", so it really stands out.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Hawaii, Ethan and Colorado in Season 2.
** Mr. Livingston and Georgia in Season 3. Brent is billed as a main character in the episodes he appears in.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Season 3, Episode 4, courtesy of Jimmy Cain.
** Season 1: "Black Betty" by Ram Jam
** Season 2: "American Woman" by the Guess Who
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Colorado delivers one to Virginia in Season 2, about how her attempts to rescue the States always end in failure.
* ReTool: [[StatusQuoIsGod Averted in Season 2]]. The entire first season of the show was Virginia vs. Turk, but after Turk loses custody of the States, the focus shifts to Virginia and Hawaii trying to rescue them, and Turk and Colorado having their own adventures with Ethan. However, halfway through the season, [[spoiler: Hawaii ditches Virginia, Turk and Colorado murder Ethan, and they all go right back to fighting, this time with new allies.]]
* RunningGag: Colorado making [[YouAreFat fat jokes]] about Texas (despite being just as big, if not bigger)
* ScarsAreForever: Well, sort of. We finally get to see Virginia's bullet scar a full season after she would've gotten it, but it's only ever visible in that one scene.
* SheFu: Actually averted, for the most part. Virginia's a skilled fighter, but she's usually pretty pragmatic about it, not wasting her time with flashy moves.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Notice that the name of the actor playing Turk is spelled differently in Season 2. That's because it was misspelled for ''all of Season 1''.
* SuperSerum: Eximius.
* ThemeNaming: Justified. The States are named after [[LocationThemeNaming the state from which they were abducted]]. So far we've met Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Georgia. Averted with [[spoiler: Tennessee and Kansas, who go by their real names, Jesse and Alice]].
* TitleDrop: Twice in Season 2. Once by Virginia, and once by Georgia. Each time it refers to somebody different.
* Several tropes related to torture are [[AvertedTrope averted]]
** BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: Virginia, who's endured months of it, from many different people, still has a conscience.
** TortureAlwaysWorks: As far as we've seen, it never has.
** WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk: Virginia is confident that she'll be able to get something out of Brent, having been tortured herself so many times, but after an entire episode of kicking the crap out of him, he still doesn't talk.
* UnexplainedRecovery: Virginia at the end of the first season. The last time we saw her she was tied to a chair and presumably bleeding from a point-blank bullet wound. Turk's appearance in the third season premiere was initially this as well, but we learn the circumstances of his recovery in a flashback.
* TheUnreveal: On the list of States seen in Episode 3, Virginia is listed as deceased, so we don't learn her real name.
* VillainEpisode: Season 2, Episodes 5 and 6, which focus entirely on Turk and Colorado's team, with Virginia only showing up briefly in each one.
* VillainsOutShopping: An episode opens with Turk and Colorado having dinner in a restaurant.
** One of the earliest ones was Episode 3: [[spoiler: Turk trades Virginia the list of States for the information she's promised him. After she hands it over, he stabs her in the chest. After he walks away, he finds that the "information" is actually a PrecisionFStrike written in lipstick, and we cut to a wounded Virginia hobbling away with the list of States.]]
** Episode 8: [[spoiler: Virginia, under heavy torture, gives up the information to save Hawaii. Turk shoots her point blank in the chest. CutToBlack.]]
** Episode 16: [[spoiler: Colorado kills Ethan, and Turk speaks into Ethan's radio mic, telling Mr. Livingston to consider this a declaration of war. Elsewhere, the person Virginia called in the previous episode is revealed: Talia, who is alive and well.]]
** Episode 22: [[spoiler: Texas, Hawaii and Talia are all killed in the State Fight. Virginia attacks Turk in a rage and impales him on a huge branch.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's not clear if the show is set in America or Canada. Colorado has a box of Timbits in one episode, but a few episodes later, his group is shown passing several New York City landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty. Ethan seemed to think they were going to Tijuana.
* WorldOfActionGirls: No, really. All of them.
** DarkActionGirl: Arizona.
** FauxActionGirl: Talia.