Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Witches of East End: Pilot Review


It's literally the season of the witch and Lifetime premiered their new soapy supernatural drama about a witchy family. While there's some notable standouts in the cast (none of which had chemistry with each other), the show itself was a conflicted mess that didn't set a strong tone out of the gate (funny? scary? sultry?). The pilot insisted on setting up many vague storylines (only a few interesting ones) becoming dense with narrative and character overload. Sure, introducing a new world means an initial set up, but a more successful plan is to introduce stories in tiered levels throughout the first few weeks, giving the show a chance to slowly unfurl and spread its roots. This pilot was jam packed with too many mysteries that will presumably be explained throughout the season. But rather than ambitious on comes across as amateurish, and worst of all not very fun or entertaining. With a truly groundbreaking show like American Horror Story: Coven starting today, the comparison will be inevitable and likely throw a pail of water on this show.



4 comments:

  1. I have a sinking suspicion this will be cancelled after one season, but I enjoyed it for what it was. I set the DVR for episode two. :)

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    1. It does take a few episodes for a series to settle down after the "kitchen sink mentality" needed to sell the pilot. I'll give it a few more episodes to see if this will become the next "Charmed."

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  2. I don't know if I agree, I quite enjoyed the premiere. Though, I had no expectations at all going in - that might have something to do with it...

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  3. I try to forgive a bit of bumpiness in a pilot episode, but that was more of a train wreck. I completely agree with you, especially the point where it didn't know what it wanted to be. And I like many of the actresses in the show but it was painful to watch them interact with each other. Wasn't sure if it was a lack of chemistry or the writing. Not my cup of tea.

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