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Review: Eastwick - Paint and Pleasure

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 26th 2009 2:44AM
Eastwick(S01E08) "I am through with tortured relationships and unrequited crushes." - Joanna

Even though Eastwick has gotten the big ol' axe, I'll cover it til the bitter end, gosh darnit. I believe it has one more episode, which airs next week.

At this point, it seems kind of silly to invest more emotional energy into the show, but even though it's had some trouble finding its footing, Eastwick has gotten consistently more interesting. In particular, I was looking forward to seeing where the romance and lust between Darryl and Roxie would go. It got a little more heated this week, and there's plenty of sparks there.

The crush Joanna had on Will seems to have all but vanished, and she seems cool with Kat going out with him. Kat, on the other hand, isn't quite sure what she's doing. When she saw Ray making out with another woman, her furor stirred things up and sent a piano, among other things, flying.

The witch's powers were just starting to get interesting, and now we'll never get to see them use those powers to the max. Really, that's what appealed to me most about the show, and it's taken a long time to get that storyline revved up.

While the three witches -- Kat, Joanna and Roxie -- seemed to have good chemistry together, I couldn't really wrap my head around the Joanna/Penny friendship. At one point, it seemed like Penny might be heading down a more nefarious path, but then the story pulled her back and focused on her friendship with Joanna. Much of this episode centered on that, and I just wanted to get back to the witches.

Like when Penny lambasted Joanna for making their friendship all about her. "I'm through watching you shine," said Penny. And Joanna said that Penny was the one she always ran to when things went wrong. Really? I never got that up to this point. It seemed like even though the three witches were just getting to know each other, they had the sort of chemistry that seemed like they'd been friends forever.

As for Darryl, I really saw his sex appeal in this episode. And he seemed almost human with this exchange, talking about Roxie's budding art career:

Roxie: "You really believe in me, don't you?"
Darryl: "I do."
Roxie: "What if I fail?"
Darryl: "You won't."

And it was great to see Rosanna Arquette!

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lisa

I too am sorry to see Eastwick go, it seems that the network didn't really give it much of a chance to shine, when I think of all the bad reality shows that are on tv, it just makes me angry to lose a show I was really getting into, any chance of the network reconsidering?

January 09 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smartmom

I am so disappointed in ABC .It might have a little bit of a slow start but it was more than on it's way to being a number one hit I believe.
I too was never really quite sure about the Joanna/Penny friendship though I do like Sarah Rue very much and was glad to see her on TV again.(I was hoping that would get better as the show went on too but it is a background part of the show soo??)
I love that show and I made sure it was part of my mom down time every week and I looked forward to it from the start.But of course it was a good show with passion,humor,friendship and most of all mystery.I was excited to see just where this would all go and what else they would learn about themselves as they discovered their powers.It was something for just about every woman.The single mother making it on her own,full off passion but where to put it?T The career woman who wanted to be more of what she might not be sure.. and how to make sure she did not fall behind in what is still the old mans world of serious journalism or anywhere else for that fact, and the young mother of small kids trying to learn to be fun and sexy again.( let's face it when you have young kids it is hard to feel sexy with burp up all over you.)
They had all the possibilities at hand and all chances of dreams coming true,They had what we would all dream of ,an edge over everyone else but like us they have no idea how to go about it yet.But they were the women we would all like to be .We want that magic to gain control over our lives.( and maybe the men in our lives too..ooh that could be tons of fun...) I want Eastwick back and I want to see more of Daryl and just what all he can do..Oh I would love to have to think twice about him..( he reminds me of someone I knew in my younger single days...Yum.. even though I am happily married now who does not love a little sexy mystery appeal ?

November 27 2009 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

Normally this is not my kind of show - but I gave it a chance and boom - canceled...not that I didn't see it coming.

I'm still numb from "Pushing Daisies" getting the ax. The networks want fast, cheap and huge ratings and that's not an easy accomplishment...they need to realize 20 million people just are not going to tune in anymore for most shows. On cable 5 million is a hit.

November 26 2009 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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