Well that was useless.
Let’s get something straight: I adore Alyssa Milano with every fiber of my being. The girl’s gorgeous, likeable, and immensely talented to boot. She was a big part of my love for Charmed (a show that often didn’t deserve that love), and she’s the main reason I decided to give Mistresses a chance. Now the question is, do I regret taking the plunge?
Nothing in the pilot really popped; it was just sort of there. I was most intrigued by Milano’s “Savi” – a career woman desperately trying to tap into her sexuality. Alyssa was genuinely loveable throughout as she struggled to handle her husband’s ego (thanks to pregnancy issues) and a budding affair with a flirty coworker. She’s really the only reason to tune in to the show and she got the pilot’s most memorable moments: flashing Dominic in the office and a mini-breakdown that pretty much broke my heart.
The rest of the cast however, did not fair as well. Yunjin Kim was fine on Lost a couple of year ago, but her career has sort of fizzled since then and I can certainly see why. She’s unimaginably lifeless in the role of Karen, a psychiatrist who was involved with her now-deceased patient. To further complicate matters (naturally), his son is now in love with her! The whole storyline is all sorts of creepy and not in a way I’d ever be interested in. Furthermore, both actors are downright charisma vacuums so imagine having to suffer through more scenes of them playing off each other.
Our third lead is April (played by Rochelle Aytes) and she didn’t have much to do besides mope over her dead husband until his mistress and apparent son dropped into her life. Again, there’s nothing new here and we’ve seen this sort of predicament countless times before. Finally there’s Savi’s little sister Josslyn played by Jes Macallan. The girl seems charismatic enough, and is saddled with most of the hour’s “steamy” scenes. There was somewhat of an interesting twist here as we ended the episode with a bond undeniably building between her and one-half of a lesbian couple. She might be the most compelling lead apart from Savi, but let’s not get our hopes up.
The biggest problem with Mistresses is that it’s painfully unnecessary. ABC has built a powerful brand in recent years beginning with the behemoths that were Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, followed by the Scandal/Revenge onslaught of recent years. Each of these soaps (as much as I hate the term) injected something wildly different into the formula. But what does Mistresses bring to the table? At the moment, nothing. It’s a passable but ultimately bland hour of television. Nevertheless I’ll stick with it – which might be the gravest sin of all. No wonder it’s a summer show.
It must be mentioned that the show’s theme song (which blared every time there was a sexy (!) scene) was both imposing and annoying. Oy.
Must Download Tune
Alex Care – Damn Your Eyes
A thoroughly unmemorable debut that won’t survive on Alyssa Milano’s charm alone.