Review: Eastwick - Mooning and Crooning
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 22nd 2009 5:07AM
(S01E05) "The inner animals of our citizenry will be released." - Darryl
As some of us have said on previous Eastwick reviews and comments, the show seems to be moving along at a snail's pace. But -- as some of you have also said -- that's not always a bad thing. Let things simmer. Let the plot slowly unwind itself. Let the characters evolve organically. Let's just hope it doesn't simmer too long.
But we definitely got lots of simmer with this episode, especially the scene with the red-hot Jaime Ray Newman as sultry Kat atop the piano. I kept thinking about how Darryl's blonde attorney was talking down to Kat, saying her hair was lifeless and such. There was nothing lifeless about her on that piano.
As you might have guessed, Kat's torch-singing-Baker-Boys item on her bucket list (or as Darryl said, "suck-it list") was my favorite scene of this episode. She looks gorgeous, she has a gorgeous voice, "Spooky" was the perfect song, and the way Darryl was looking at her made me hot and bothered. And things got hot really there, too, since the event burned the restaurant to the ground. Ok, it did cross my mind that Kat wouldn't have that much time on her hands, since she still has those five kids to take care of, but whatever.
That sexy scene got me more than Roxie and her boyfriend's romps in the hay -- or alley, whatever. Maybe I'm just a fuddy-duddy, but he does seem a little young for her. I can't decide who I'd like to see Darryl with. I've been rooting for Roxie all along, but after tonight, I'm gunning for Kat. I can see how their relationship could be explosive.
There are some really fun things about Eastwick. For one thing, the writing isn't bad. We get a few cliche lines, but also some fun lines, like when Joanna said, "This town sure could use a good wild moon." And when Roxie said, "The pastor's wife yelled at us and called us whores." And when Kat said, "Nobody puts Joanna in a corner." Ok, that last one was a little lame, but there are other good ones.
Other stuff I liked about this episode:
That giant moon. There's something just fun about a show that involves magic, big moons, witches and other unexplained things. And the orgy part was just right -- thankfully, they didn't enter into True Blood territory with the wild orgy of bliss thing.
The girls learning about their abilities. The scene with Roxie and the cards, being coached by her boyfriend / Yoda who'd read about peoples' ability from
Darryl being able to play the piano like a concert pianist. And coaching Kat with this: "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing ... sing a song."
Other stuff I'm not sure about:
So Joanna's willing to just give up the Sebastian Hart story because Darryl gives her a file of info on himself?
What happened with the Penny-Jamie connection? Where was my Johnny Depp look-alike? I guess that's part of the slow-burn thing with this show.
Who's funeral do you think Roxie saw? I'm thinking it's a little early to be killing off any major characters. Bun maybe?