Netflix review: GOOD WITCH (Season 2)

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Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Catherine Bell (BRUCE ALMIGHTY [2003]), Bailee Madison (STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT [2018], and the upcoming OFFER AND COMPROMISE [2018]), James Denton (FACE/OFF [1997]). In support, we have Catherine Disher (TV show X-MEN [1992 – 1997] and video game RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS [1999]), Kylee Evans (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), Rhys Matthew Bond (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of), and Sarah Power (stuff I’ve never seen or heard of).

Now for the crew. Craig Pryce has both written and directed the most episodes in the series and has helmed the Good Witch franchise since the beginning.

This is my honest opinion of: GOOD WITCH (Season 2)

 

(SUMMARY)

This season, Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) is once again torn between two men that she cares for, the good doctor Sam (James Denton), and an old friend from her college years, the thrill-seeking archaeologist, John Dover (Dan Payne). Sam’s ex-wife Linda (Gabrielle Miller) moves to Middleton in an attempt to bring her family closer, and drive a wrench between the budding relationship between Sam and Cassie.

(REVIEW)

Jeez, this season nearly gave me a migraine. This is primarily due to the newly inducted character, John. Not that Payne is a bad actor, mind you, but I really despised his role as the new Ryan from the last season. I would say that there was almost no real difference between John and Ryan (Anthony Lemke), in that they’re both kind of pushy when it comes wooing Cassie, but John takes it to a whole other level that seriously makes me think the dude was a stalker. I was surprised that he didn’t end up kidnapping her.

See, once again, I need to get this going again. The whole point of a romance triangle is to make, in this case, the two men seem like legitimately viable romantic options for Cassie. The problem is, Sam is way too likable. He’s the guy that gives Cassie her space, who opens up to her, shares his life with her, and is genuinely charming. John… isn’t. Whenever he’s around Cassie, it’s closer to an obsessed fan aggressively hitting on his favorite actress. Especially later on in the season, it becomes rather unsettling in just how many different ways he tries to get her involved in things. Not to mention his blatant insistence on her abandoning her underage teen daughter to go on some archaeological dig in the Maldives…? Dude, I already didn’t like this guy from the start, but this was creepy.

I also wasn’t too fond of Linda. For most of the series up to this point, we’ve been lead to believe that Linda never even wanted to be a mother in the first place, yet she seems rather insistent during her tenure on the show. We never see the side of her that Sam constantly describes, so it’s a wonder why she was built up that way. What she is, however, is highly controlling. She stays in Grey House and tells Cassie to stay away from Sam, which makes no sense. Mostly because, well, there’s no real indication that she has feelings for Sam. Sam makes is painfully clear that he doesn’t love her, but she still insists that they function like they used to. What is with this show and its characters that exhibit mental illnesses of obsession? Between Martha (Catherine Disher), John, and Linda, I’d swear to the good Lord that this was building up to a big twist that this show takes place in someone’s head and it’s all a psychotic series of hallucinations. I mean, divorced families can and have functioned in the past. New relationships and marriages, it certainly expands a family, but it doesn’t destroy it. Again, Linda’s choices are more akin to a child not wanting to share her toys rather than a mature, grown woman trying to make things work for her son.

I do, however, enjoy that Grace (Bailee Madison) and Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond) never try for a romance. I’m sure eventually they will because, Hallmark Channel, but I’m impressed that it’s remained an untouched subject this season. It was definitely something that the show was aiming toward in the first season with the two, but I’m happy to see that it’s gone in a different direction. Though one has to wonder what happened to Grace’s friend from the first season. He just got unceremoniously got written off the show, didn’t he?

Actually, one of my favorite romances is between Stephanie (Kylee Evans) and Ben (Jefferson Brown). I really shouldn’t like it, mostly due to the cliché of a high maintenance woman who wanted to be with a rich and successful man, but ends up falling for a handyman, and hides her budding relationship from her overly judgmental mother, causing a rift in the relationship itself. However, I have been on the receiving end of this pretty much in every relationship I’ve been in, where it needed to be a secret, so I related to Ben’s reaction when he initially broke things off with Stephanie. It really is a hurtful thing to not know if you’re a shameful element to a relationship, so I can’t say that I didn’t get drawn into this one.

Abigail (Sarah Power) remains my favorite character. While she incessantly smiles exactly like Cassie does, but I love how Power owns her devious looks and her passive-aggressive mannerisms. It really tickles me to no end. Even to see her get so worked up over getting a man in her life, like Greg (Chad Connell), was an interesting twist. Not to mention, loved the new red hair. A nice contrast to the raven-maned Cassie, and the bombshell blonde that is Stephanie. As per usual, Abigail is just a lot of fun to watch and brings a better sense of mystery behind her motives and actions.

I know it’s sad to say, but I really miss Hannah Endicott-Douglas. She was such a sweet element from the movies that it’s such a shame that she gets so unceremoniously written off the show. I have to wonder why. I know by this point in the story she should technically be in her early thirties, but they aged up Brandon’s character to fit Dan Jeannotte from the younger Matthew Knight, and recast Tara (Rebecca Dalton) from Ashley Leggat, so why was Lori a casualty? I know, I know, she was in season one, but she’s barely even referenced this season. I take that back, she’s never referenced. By God, they’ll reference Jake ’till kingdom come, but Heaven forbid that Brandon’s sister ever get a nod as to what she’s up to. Ugh… frustrations…

Why am I so emotionally invested in this sappy show?!

It’s possible that I’m going to give this show a break for awhile, just because I would like to review actual movies. But I intend to review season three at some point in the future. Stay tuned, I suppose.

My honest rating for GOOD WITCH (Season 2): 3/5

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