Eastwick: Reaping and Sewing
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 1st 2009 5:26AM
(S01E02) About half-way into this episode of Eastwick, my husband came into the room and said, "This is mind-numbing dribble, posing as a plot." My husband never minces words, and while I'm usually the good cop in the relationship, I have to agree with him on this one. It IS mind-numbing dribble. At least, this episode was. I'm a little sad about it, too, because the show seems like it could work. Don't you think?
Though in the show's defense, I will say this: After the mind-numbing dribble of the first part of the episode, things got more interesting in the last few minutes. We had the Johnny Depp lookalike branding himself with the mysterious symbol that matched the one in Roxie's premonition, and it was great to see Cybill Shepherd. She makes a great crazy old(er) lady. She's still a knock-out, though.
I also appreciated seeing Martin Mull, but wish they hadn't wasted his considerable talent on a nothing character. Maybe he'll get more interesting. I mean, they've got all the awesome actors in place; I just think the writing and storyline needs a little work.
I mean, yeah, it's interesting that Joanna and Penny are digging up some interesting stuff on Darryl -- that there was no record of him before 1984, and then four years later, he suddenly becomes the fourth richest guy in New York. And then there's Bun, in the mysterious photo along with Darryl and Eleanor, and Martin Mull's character not remembering anything about the story he wrote about Sebastian Hart being lost off the coast.
But let's face it. If they don't start moving things along a little faster, the series will be canceled before we get to the good stuff. Maybe that ending scene will help, with Roxie's daughter's would-be rapist getting skewered after the girls eagle-eye him.
What did you guys think of this episode? Still watching?
[Watch clips of Eastwick on SlashControl.]