"An Angel on
A review by Jenni:
Jumping out of order because I wanted to watch the S5 Christmas
episode *before* Christmas.
What I love about this episode:
I think this is one of the better, more suspenseful intro
scenes. It's cool, given the theme, how Monica starts with
"Fear not!" And even knowing the main gist of the episode, I
really got hooked by the mysterious miracle they tease ya with.
I was amused by Charley's protest that Monica couldn't light up
yet cause he hadn't yet plugged her in. Cute line.
I think it's awesome the three truckers were named Bart, Jasper,
and Mel. Ha! Honestly, I'd forgotten about how much
like the Christmas story this was. I mean I
remembered there were three truckers and a Mary-type and a Joseph-type. But I completely forgot
about the men's names and the pony that fills in for the
donkey. And how appropriate that "We Three Kings" is playing
as we're introduced to Bart, Mel, and Jasper? Good call on
Also, the shot of Marisol on the pony with Jorge leading it was so
spot-on how I envision the Christmas story. Lovely.
There are so many lil things in this episode I like. Monica,
glowing away, helping Charley to string lights amuses me.
I also really like Tess maintaining a presence via the CB
radios. It's a nifty way to keep her involved at a totally
"God doesn't draw borders... Everyone is equal in His eyes."
Monica says that to Charley. I need to add it to my Equality
section on my quotes page. I love whenever TBAA got into
equality and how God sees us.
"Your business should be humanity." Another Monica to
Charley quote. I like it cause it's very A Christmas Carol-like.
course, right now I can't think of the exact quote. In any
case, it adds another Christmasy homage layer to this
episode. Cause Charley really is a bit Scrooge-like.
Grumpy, selfish man who is saved by his past and ends up helping
those he despised.
I thought the actor who played Charley did a fabulous job.
First, he almost played two different characters between
belligerent Charley and tender Charley. And something about
him just really pulled me in whenever he'd speak at length.
This is especially so when he tells Estrella's story.
I'm glad Charley learned Rafael was an angel. Probly really
got to him that he was being racist towards an angel. Not
that being racist towards a human shouldn't get to a person.
But there is that whole Hebrews verse which probly, well, guilts
people a bit more. Monica even quotes it.
I thought it was cool how the pony that fled ended up going to Mel
and helping him make his way to the inn. One of those lil
things where ya kinda wonder if the seeming inconveniences in your
life might actually be really important in ways you don't see.
What I didn't love about
So I watched this from off the "Holiday Collection" DVD.
Thus, I got to hear the Martha Williamson intro which was
nice. But I couldn't help but be a bit snarky when she said
Alexis Cruz (Rafael) came to feel like part of the TBAA family and
not just a guest star. My immediate thought was "So why'd
ya'll give him a crap line?" Cause I continue to think his
dwarf-themed line from "Children of the Night" just may be the
WORST line ever written for TBAA. I just had to get that
outta my system. Cause a virginal angel calling a poor girl
basically forced by necessity into prostitution "Sleazy" still
makes me want to either vomit or smack him.
I felt sorry for Andrew having to carry a gun. Poor
love. I know he doesn't like em.
Like I said before, my memories of this episode were
restricted to main plot points. So I couldn't remember the
entire Estrella story. Thus, when Rafael said he came for
Marisol's grandma, I kinda thought that meant she was dead and her
spirit sent him. Obviously, the way it was written ended up
being cool. But has it ever happened that an angel gave the
impression they were there on behalf of or had spoken with a
deceased loved one of their assignment's? Cause that would
be a cool angle.
that made me feel swoony:
Andrew kinda got the short end of the stick here.
Nonetheless, there are good moments. I like that while
Carl's all negative and wishing he wasn't working, Andrew just
focuses on the beautiful night.
I did have to wonder how Andrew kept his cool with Carl. And
I applaud him that he did. While part of me wanted to see
him be more forceful with knocking down Carl's prejudices, I kinda
doubt that would have accomplished anything except make Carl
adversarial. I'm just thinking that if *I* was as irritated
with Carl as I was, how much more right did Andrew have to
be? I mean it's quite possible Andrew walked the Earth long
before any country existed. And he, like God, doesn't truly
recognize borders. So it woulda been within Andrew's rights
to jump all over Carl. Same with Monica hearing crud from
Charley. Suppose they did know Earth when it was pristine
and filled with peace? I imagine hearing from a couple of
loud mouths being possessive would kinda rankle them. But
Andrew totally keeps calm and quietly tries to help Carl.
Good for him. Sigh... Again I wish he was real cause I
think he'd be a calming influence. Well, at least when I
wasn't freaking out about some slight against him committed by
Andrew uses the phrase "What's up?" I'm noting this cause
when I'm writing him, sometimes I wonder what slang and
colloquialisms he'd use. Ya know, given he's really
old. So now I know I can use that. Yay!
That's a cute lil knowing smile he has at the end. And the
way he says "Merry Christmas" so softly. Sigh... Merry
Christmas, whatever Andrew-like individuals may exist.
So here's my music data
dump: the episode starts with an instrumental version of "O Come,
O Come Emmanuel." Later there's an instrumental version of
"We Three Kings" at the diner. And I think something follows
it but I couldn't catch it. In the same scene, Tess sings a
bar or two of "Deck the Halls."
This is so completely random but at one point I zeroed in on
Monica's high heels. And I thought "Augh. If there are
heels in Heaven then I'm gonna be ticked!" But then I
concluded that in Heaven, high heels probly don't hurt. So
that's cool. I'm a nerd who probly notices the weirdest things.
Further on down the
Well, I decorated for
Halloween earlier and now I'm watching a Christmas TBAA...
Cutest INS agent ever... How weird would it be to have to
enforce the immigration policies of a country you're not a
citizen of on an Earth that you quite likely first knew before
there were any countries at all?
"God doesn't draw borders in His love. Everyone is equal
in His eyes." Not sure why I didn't get the quote down
entirely last time...
It'd be fun to have three dogs named Mel, Bart, and Jasper and
see if anyone ever picked up on the connection.
I do still really, really like the portrayal of Charley: the
vulnerability and the harshness, the humor and fatalism.
Such an intelligent character, too. He keeps saying lines
that I think must be poetry but Googling doesn't come up with
anything so I guess it's just him!
That's a wistful "Merry Christmas" from Andrew... I wish
he coulda stayed with his friends.
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