• Publication date: February 14, 2010

For Every Action There is a Reaction How Six Anonymous People Affect Each Other

It is a common belief that only six other individuals separate each man or woman on earth. This is the premise of �Six Degrees,� a short-lived ABC drama that trails the lives of six New Yorkers whose actions inescapably affect the other.Our first character is Carlos (Jay Hernandez), a mundane lawyer from Manhattan who aspires to work for a major law firm. Until then, he takes on cases of public drunkenness , vandalism, and other petty crimes.

It is a common belief that only six other individuals separate each man or woman on earth. This is the premise of �Six Degrees,� a short-lived ABC drama that trails the lives of six New Yorkers whose actions inescapably affect the other.

Our first character is Carlos (Jay Hernandez), a mundane lawyer from Manhattan who aspires to work for a major law firm. Until then, he takes on cases of public drunkenness, vandalism, and other petty crimes. However the job is not without its perks. One morning he bumps into Mae (Erika Christensen), a gorgeous young woman seeking his defense after exposing herself at a party. Carlos is immediately entranced by Mae and attempts to locate her shortly after their initial encounter; the problem is, he can�t seem to find her.

As Carlos chases Mae�s trail (in more ways than one) he meets limo driver Damian Henry (Dorian Missick), a gambling fiend who is struggling to kick his habit. For each step Damian takes away from his criminal past, his hoodlum friends attempt bring him back into their circle. Carlos happens to flash a picture of Mae past Damian in hopes that he could identify her; he was in luck. Damian cautions Carlos that his friends are searching for Mae as well, though not to befriend her. Together, the two men attempt to save her from danger.

Whitney Crane (Bridget Moynahan) is a public relations executive engaged to a man she believes is cheating on her. The former bride-to-be�s suspicious are confirmed when an anonymous man coined �The Puncher� assaults her fianc� and reveals his secret affair.

Lastly there is Laura Morgan (Hope Davis) and photographer Steven Caseman (Campbell Scott). Laura is the widow of an embedded newscaster killed in an explosion while stationed in Iraq. Her husband�s death was broadcasted on television as it occurred and captured on videotape. For months after his death Laura replays the accident and bursts into tears. This is where Steven enters the picture. During one of Laura�s crying episodes Steven captures a stunning picture of the widow, which reenergizes his formally stagnant photography career.

The prevailing message of �Six Degrees� is an awareness of how our actions affect others unbeknownst to us. For example, a simple photograph taken of an anonymous woman on the street can launch a fledgling photographer into art gallery stardom. Or in the case of Mae, a night of debauchery attracts an unknown hero and admirer, who might just save her life from a gang of thugs. Also there is �The Puncher� whose acts of vigilantism prevent Whitney from marrying a womanizer. As Newton�s laws of motion state for every action there is a reaction; through the program�s characters this idea is transformed from a scientific perspective into a sociological one.