A review by Jenni:
Charles Rocket has a monopoly on my Autumn/Winter holiday TV
viewing. Every Halloween I *must* watch Hocus Pocus. No
Thanksgiving is complete unless I've watched "An Unexpected
Snow." And I'm pretty sure bad things will happen if a
passes without a viewing of "Fear Not!" So here's my review
this totally amazing Christmas episode.
What I love about this
For an episode that regularly makes me cry, this starts out
pretty funny. First, I love Tess giving exact directions on
placement of people and animals in the Nativity scene. And
getting all put off by it. Actually, I just really like the
interaction between Edna and Tess. It's nice to see Tess get
back talk and not just have someone concede to her
I love the depiction of the parish. They're all so
loving. It makes me remember being younger when my parish
felt close and caring. Now I don't really know many people.
Monica actually gets some of my sympathy for once. Her line
it being hard "knowing the what but not the why" and more than
but less than God really gets to the heart of the angst that must
part of being an angel.
I'm really impressed by Randy Travis in this. His acting's
solid, especially considering it not being his main
tear up when he's sitting by Serena and says "Don't you die on
then starts praying.
Sometimes I'm wary of angels urging humans to do stuff but I do
Monica whispering to Wayne that "Silent Night" is Serena's
carol. Then he starts it up. It's gentle and not too
leading on Monica's part.
Whose heart doesn't go out to Joey when he's praying to God and
"If she [Serena] goes to Heaven, who's gonna love me?" It's
heartbreaking cause ya know Wayne loves his brother and tries his
but somehow never got around to telling him that. So
But it makes me really grateful Wayne does eventually assure Joey
loves him "just the way you are." Doesn't everyone wanna
that? I just really enjoy seeing the dynamic between
brothers. I guess because it's something completely separate
me and, therefore, interesting.
I think it's cool that Monica assures Wayne that if he helps Joey
his faith, he'll find his own. I think that's true about a
things. Sorta a Prayer of St. Francis kinda thing.
Love this quote from Monica to Joey: "You've already been through
darkest place you can imagine. Now it's time to start
the stars." This was the first episode I watched since my
Grandpa's funeral and that line really comforted me and inspired
me. His birthday is the day after Christmas so I keep
this holiday will be kinda bleak and sad. But I think I'll
that to make a special effort to look for the light and the stars
My goosebumps start right
when Randy Travis sings "O
Little Town of
Bethlehem" while Joey follows the star. I figure I get a
minutes of goosebumps outta this episode. Cause they start
again when Joey enters the church with the words "Fear Not!"
then there's the revelation scene of revelation scenes. I've
one or two people tell me they think it's showy but I love
It's just wonderful and Christmas should be a lil showy,
always love seeing the choir. They're automatic goosebumps,
apparently, cause I also get them during their scene in "Redeeming
What I didn't love about
understand what she's trying to say, I find it a lil naive when
says "Everybody loves Christmas!" to Wayne. No.
First, not everyone celebrates it let alone loves it.
some people might believe in it but still have a hard time with
Not a gripe about the episode but, instead, the storybook version
this. Whose bright idea was it to replace Adam with
Andrew??? I love Andrew but chances are most kids who got
book had been shown this episode. I bet they caught the
switcheroo. Way to mess with kids' minds!
Was that angel in the stained glass window supposed to be a
angel? I get confused when Tess says they got the nose all
wrong. Whose nose?
Do seraphim and cherubim actually exist in TBAA-verse or do the
just kid around about them? Cause here we have the Seraphim
Service and Monica describing Mr. Beans as a cherub aka baby
angel. But as far as I know you never hear serious
According to Martha Williamson, Mr. Beans appears in later
episodes. Hidden in the background and such. Anyone
confirm this with a sighting?
Parts that made me feel
I may be interpreting this wrong but I have a lil "Aww,
Hugs!" moment when Adam tells Monica and Tess that he's glad
there. Monica seems to think he means for Serena's benefit,
she'll have a couple familiar faces with her. However, I
thought he was at least partly implying that children's deaths
difficult for him and so *he* wanted Monica and Tess there for
support. I mean that really can't be easy.
He's very sweet when he consoles Serena and assures her she's not
but has angels with her. I just love his gravelly sorta
there. It is a pretty calming, trustworthy voice.
Adam looks wonderful holding Serena at the end. Truly a
The human choir really improved considerably during the course of
episode, I thought. They don't sound professional at the
but way better than they had. Kudos to them!
Weird to think that after this episode we didn't see Adam again
This episode ends like I wish the show would have: with the angels
walking away together into the starlight. Lovely.
A Word from Travis:
I’ve seen “Fear Not” (episode 9) on a few occasions but after
seeing it again recently, I realize what a gem the episode is.
Paul Wittenburg (Joey) is phenomenal in the role and so is the
then young actress who played Serena. I like the “community
aspect” of the episode, with the guest characters all working
tirelessly to ensure the pageant is brought to life and to ensure
it is carried out to perfection. My only gripe is that the part 2
episode, “The feather”, aired as episode 11 of season 2, rather
than being episode 10 of season 1.
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