Who doesn’t love a good witch story? I mean, let’s be honest, witches have been in the spotlight for decades, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Craft, just a couple examples of how witches have infiltrated pop culture. I don’t know what it is about these spiritual mystics but they have always captivated me.
The Lifetime series The Witches of East End has just dropped on DVD and let me tell you… There’s some mystical energy brewing! Joanna Beauchamp (Julia Ormond) has been alive for centuries, she has seen it all and been through it all. She has two daughters Ingrid (Rachel Boston) and Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) both of them are cursed to die at a certain point and get reborn over and over again. In this iteration of their lives both Freya and Ingrid have never been told that they are witches, so their power… while always bubbling under the surface has never shown itself.
One fateful afternoon Joanna’s sister Wendy (Mädchen Amick) shows up. She has not spoken to Joanna in several decades, but is forced to now because Joanna is in danger. A shapeshifter is out to destroy Joanna and Wendy is here to help. Wendy is the spontaneous sister, she also can shift into a cat… and yes, she has nine lives.
Freya is engaged to Dash (Eric Winter) a wealthy doctor. Dash’s brother Killian (Daniel DiTomasso) has just arrived in town, much to Dash’s dismay. Killian had an affair with Dash’s previous fiancee and the timing being right before Dash’s wedding can’t be a coincidence. Clearly these two brothers are not destined to get along.
When the shifter frames Joanna for murder, all hell breaks loose, some quite literally. The girls start to use and realize the potential of their powers, and it’s revealed that Wendy accidentally killed Ingrid in a past life, which is why Joanna has not spoken to her in decades.
Whew… Talk about family drama! While I will be the first to admit that season one took a couple episodes to get into the swing of things, once it did the ensemble really took shape. The four leads have great chemistry, led by Julia Ormond and Mädchen Amick. Both really elevate the material and do a great job in getting the audience invested in their characters. Also really good is Rachel Boston as Ingrid. She plays the studious and level headed daughter quite well and cuts through the soap opera level acting by some members of the cast.
The Witches of East End arrives on DVD with a few special features including a gag reel which I admit I love watching, a “cat” blooper reel, a few deleted scenes and a featurette titled “Falling Under Their Spell” which is a short behind the scenes segment.
A first season show can sometimes be a challenge to get off the ground, so it’s always a positive thing when you like a show by the first few episodes. Overall, I really enjoyed The Witches of East End. I thought the show really improved through the course of the season, and the cast really excelled and making the material interesting and exciting. I would definitely check it out, think of it like The Craft meets Desperate Housewives.
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The Witches of East End season one is out now on DVD!
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