Life Unexpected Debuts Second Season with Three New Cast Additions
Television Review: Life Unexpected, "Oceans Uncharted"
by R.J. Carter
Published: September 14, 2010
After a heartwrenching season one finale, Life Unexpected returns with even greater jolts for our love triangle -- the jilted Nate Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, and the newly married Cate (Shiri Appleby and Ryan (Kerr Smith). Naturally relations between the couple and the bar owner are on edge, seeing as how he stormed into the church during the ceremony milliseconds after the exchanging of the "I do"s, but the tension between Nate and Cate is about to get even tighter.
New characters are introduced this season as regulars, and all of them are bound to make life interesting -- or unbearable -- for everyone, including 16-year-old Lux (Brittany Robertson). Returning to the airwaves after their Vegas honeymoon, Ryan and Cate find themselves ambushed by Trina (Gina Holden) who introduces their new co-host: unmarried marriage expert and born-again virgin, Kelly Campbell (Amy Price-Francis). Her job is to pick apart the newly-forged relationship of Ryan and Cate, but I wonder if she'll have very long to focus on that?
Unexpected Ladies. Kelly (Amy Price-Francis) and
Paige (Arielle Kebbel) are two new additions to CW's
The other new arrival is Paige (Arielle Kebbel), and to say anything about her at all would only be a spoiler. Let me just say that she's going to make life extremely complicated and difficult for both Ryan and Nate.
Of course, the series is ostensibly focused on Lux and her role as the troubled-yet-sentimental teenaged glue that holds Nate and Cate together. Back from Vegas herself (yes, she got to go on the honeymoon, having been adopted by Ryan and Cate), she's eager to reunite with her boyfriend, Bug. But the reunion is the kickoff of a series of bombshells which find Lux questioning the direction of her decisions, resulting in her taking a roadtrip with the stranger-in-town, Eric Daniels (Shaun Sipos). This little unauthorized jaunt isn't without several consequences, and the lie Lux tells affects everyone in her life. As for Eric, the stranger in the night, it soon becomes apparent that Lux's relationship with him is going to take an uncomfortable and academic turn.
It's almost too much change to take in at once, and one wonders if the writers are trying too hard to keep the pinballs of the series bouncing around off each other. Almost to underscore that notion, Life Unexpected has a bit of stunt casting in its future, as October 12 will see the series cross over with the characters and events from One Tree Hill.
Life Unexpected, "Oceans Uncharted" airs Tuesday, September 14, at 9:00 pm | 8:00 pm CT on the CW Network.