Wow. Matt Feeney really doesn't want us to like the show. He was a little too persistent with the "this sucks, and here's the evidence" crap. It's a freaking soap opera.
I don't think the narration is that great either, but I'm not going to make it my life's work to get the people to hate it. The piece was totally strained.
True enough--it did seem like an odd topic for an entire article, especially now that the season is over (and after the final shows got generally positive reviews for clearing up some season one mysteries).
It really was bizarre. Rarely does a show get THAT bad of a review when its obvious that (a) he watched the entire season and (b) he doesnt enjoy any of it, even ironically.
*And*, he was wrong abut the Mary Alice mystery. So there!
Heh. I thought the article was dead-on.
Article does seem a bit, uh, desperate, but I agree that the bitter irony/satire tone struck so well at the start has died out in favor of bludgeoning us to death with banal life lessons. I prefer the earnest sleuthing tempered with sheer bitter ridiculousness.
And he's right, her voice is just really really hokey, even outside the confines of DH: does anyone watch Everwood? The same actress plays a dead mother in that show, and in this year's season finale, she did a voiceover of a very poignant letter at a very touching moment (in the same intoning voice), and I just about fell out of my chair laughing: it was just ridiculous to hear this dopey "junior high book report" voice trying to impart all this inspirational motherly advice.
I <3 this show!