Review: Eastwick - Bonfire and Betrayal
by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 29th 2009 3:28AM
(S01E06) "It's like you've stepped out of a 70's porno and into my life." - Roxie to Darryl
It's Halloween, and there's no better place to be than Eastwick. Unless you've got an insane pastor on your tail who's bound and determined to make you pay for your past sins (see photo above).
But first, the celebration! Everyone decorates coffins, fills them up with whatever's been bothering them this past year, brings them to the giant witch statue, and watches them burn. Sounds like a party, doesn't it?
The thing that struck me about this episode of Eastwick is that I was hooked the whole time, even though the storyline was a little lame and predictable. I'm not sure why, but it might be because the characters are slowly evolving, slowing coming into their own, and their relationships are continuing to evolve, as well.
I was kept guessing about whose funeral Roxie saw in her vision until the very end. They sort of played that out as well as they could, first portraying it as Darryl, then Joanna, then Chad. Looks like the real deal with Chad, which is convenient, because it frees Roxie up to hook up with Darryl.
Joanna's story was the lamest part of the episode. It's pretty predictable that the psycho pastor would kidnap her and try to kill her, but even so, it was creepy to think she was trapped in that coffin on top of the blazing bonfire. And yeah, you could see Kat bringing the rain from a mile away, but it was still sweet and brought the two girls back together again.
I was a little surprised that Penny turned out to care for Joanna. After she'd hooked up with Jamie previously, I thought those two were in cahoots for nefarious shenanigans, but now it appears that he's interested in Darryl because Darryl killed Jamie's mother.
Eastwick isn't my favorite new show, but it's still interesting and sexy, and I'm hanging in there to see where it all goes. And it looks like Cybill Shepherd will be in next week's episode, so that's a bonus. I'll leave you with this:
"There is a code, Will. Chicks before sticks." - Penny
[Watch clips of Eastwick at SlashControl.]