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Promising start, but not surprised it got axed.
on 30 December 2012
When I watched the first episode of Switch, I thought I might have found a new TV addiction. We don't have many supernatural shows on British TV and I'm not sure there are any on ITV (unless you count children's TV), so this show had promise.
Four friends living in Camden: Stella, Jude, Hannah and Grace look like ordinary 20someting roommates living in the city, when in fact they are a coven of witches. Each witch has a particular element: Stella is Earth and is the mothering, voice of reason of the group. Jude is Fire and aspires to be a fashion designer, but lacks in patience and enjoys partying a little too much. Grace is Water, she's quiet and shy, but very loving and devoted to the craft. Hannah is Air and is flighty, constantly travelling and can be a bit irresponsible, but always means well. When these four are together, they can cast powerful spells for just about anything.
The four main actresses have great chemistry and this was by far the show's biggest strength. The comedy had big highs and big lows, unfortunately I think the lows won out on that one.
We also meet The Witches of Kensignton (SP?), a rival coven that hates the main characters. This starts off promising and the WOKs seem like a genuine threat... but as soon as they start to go down a really menacing and interesting path, they seem to revert back to the childish "evil magic" you'd expect from a kid's show.
The witches have great limits to their magic in order to stress the importance of their friendship, they have no magic when they are separated. I understand what they were trying to do with this, but having them gathered around the cauldron every time they wanted to do the slightest bit of magic just got incredibly repetitive. They could have still made this a necessity for the big spells while allowing the characters to use little bits of magic independently.
In the finale we are left with a "cliff hanger", Alexa, head of the Kensignton coven, is really angry and hates the girls... pretty sure we knew that by episode 2.
One of the highlights was Caroline Quentin as Grace's mother, a great comical performance, just a shame she only made 2 episodes.
Overall, it's mostly enjoyable. I'd say I enjoyed 4 out of the 6 episodes genuinely. But I'm not surprised it got cut. They didn't seem to want to take any risks with this show and not a whole lot developed over this series. It's a shame, because this great cast of characters could have gone a long way with some stronger writing behind them... but there you have it.
I'm sure you can pull off a supernatural drama ITV, just try harder.