Okay I was very much into this show prior to the Writer Strike of 2007, and if you ask me, that strike may have done this show in. I liked Nick because of his philanthropic endeavors, his sudden loss of his father, the attempt to balance the Darlings with what is really important to him and the love affair he seemed to have with Lisa. I wasn't too enchanted with the Darlings; I mean they are all so selfish spoiled brats, but you expect that from wealthy characters. But we seemed to feel for Leticia and her secret about Nick's father, Dutch, as the father of Brian. We felt for the twins and their attempt to make their own way in life away from the Darling name. We even liked Mr. Darling himself (I mean how can you hate Donald Sutherland?) despite all his manipulations of the people around him.
So you would expect the writers, who had ample time to perfect the storyline, to actually produce a decent re-emergence into the Darlings' lives. UH, was I disappointed. Really it was bad enough that I may not give it another shot.
We find out that the season opens 6 months from where it left off. Brian has left the church behind and is doing Trip's dirty work, and enjoys it. Karen is sleeping with Simon Elder, for her father, to discover his secrets. Patrick's wife is a drunk. Juliet Darling is no where to be found and Jeremy is consumed by a love for Nick's wife, Lisa. Did I leave anyone out? OH, Nick, who seems to be on the verge of diving head first into the Darling pool, is still constantly facilitating releases, cover-ups, and dysfunction all the way around.
I don't by that Lisa gives Nick up to spend time with Jeremy? Uh! Really, Lisa is supposed to be a kind of smart woman? Jeremy over Nick? And what kind of father would enlist his own daughter to sleep with his enemy? Patrick's wife tries to kill him? Well, okay, I kind of understand where she is coming from, but instead they kill her off? And it's an innocent death, but yet Pat and Trip cover it up? I know I know, gotta save that senate run. She already shot him once and the public knows about Carmelita, so what's the damage? And what is up with Lucy Lu (kiss of death)? Can you say Jump the Shark?
This show will be lucky to get another 1/2 season under it's belt before it's canceled if they don't give us some characters with redeeming qualities. I think this show is too dark and elitist for a mainstream audience. I'm watching next week's episode to make sure, but I'm pretty well over this one.