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Review by Suzanne 3/20/07
"October Road" is a fine solid drama. At first, I thought it was
going to be another one of those boring soap-like shows about young
people...sort of a Melrose Place clone. But it definitely picked up about 20
minutes into the show.
The show is about a man, Nick, who leaves town in the late 90's to take a trip
to Europe. His friend Eddie thinks they will go into business together. Nick
tells his girlfriend that he will be coming back, but he never does. Instead, he
writes a best-selling book about his hometown and the people in it. It is not
very flattering to his friends. Ten years later, he has a different life in New
York City (does he know Marin Frist?). He has to go back to his hometown to give
a talk about his book at the local college.
His problem is that he can't seem to write a second book. When he does give his
talk, he gets some kind of stage fright and ends up running out of the room. He
clearly has "issues". He visits his family and friends. Some of them greet him
warmly, but some give him the cold shoulder, including Hannah and Eddie, both of
whom were treated badly in his book. Eddie is one of those small-town boys that
never amounted to much and knows it, so he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
You'll probably recognize the actor who plays Eddie from many other shows,
including "7th Heaven".
The two most interesting things about this show are Laura Prepon, who plays the
girlfriend (you may recognize her from "That 70's Show"), and the fact that her
character has a little kid. We are all pretty sure that the kid is Nick's, but
she denies it. However, the little kid is very smart, precoscious, and knows way
too much about literature for a kid his age. In fact, he might be too smart to
be Nick's kid, actually...
Former movie star Tom Berenger plays Nick's father. I hope they give him more to
do in the future. This is a large cast with many interesting characters. We just
have to wait to see whether the show heats up a bit and if it sustains
audiences' interest. It's only here while "Men in Trees" is on hiatus. Frankly,
that is a much better show. This one is not, just nothing too special.
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