A review by Jenni:
Season 8... here I come. This is the season I remember least
so... not sure how to feel about that.
What I love about this episode:
Catherine playing chess "with" her husband is beautiful.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how we all find different
ways to keep our loved ones with us until we go to be with them
again. This is a pretty great way. That Andrew makes a
move makes it perfect, too. It really is a game played
between the two sides.
Ha! Seriously mere minutes ago I was talking to someone
about how I hope that my AOD will be okay with helping me tie up
some loose ends and stash some stuff. (Much of which relates
to a certain AOD so I'm thinking the real AOD will be more than
happy to help me lest AOD-related crazyness of an insomniac mind
be thrust upon the world. ;-) So I *love* that Andrew
not only gives Catherine time to tend to things but also seems
completely unsurprised about the request. As he says, it
"happens all the time." Hope so!
One thing I will say for Gloria... I love that she so
enthusiastically says "Look! There's Andrew!" when he
approaches in the park. It's a much kinder greeting than the
look of dread and "Why are you here?" that Monica and Tess
This episode sends me right back to some of my
Theology classes... Totally remember an Ezekiel lecture.
I like what Tess says about how the Ark isn't
lost. It's hidden. Makes ya think about all the
terminology we use that's so human and so flawed. Of course,
the Ark isn't lost. God knows exactly where it is.
Aww. I love how Paul looks at the scroll in a completely
different way than Thomas does. To him it's just a sign that
his grandma appreciated and understood him. Not a ticket to
fame and glory.
Tess does sometimes get to me but I love her sarcasm when Gloria
suggests tying Thomas up and Tess adds "Then we'll hit him on the
head with a frying pan" and Gloria so doesn't get it.
Yay, Micah! I remember being so psyched for this episode not
only cause it meant a new season starting but because Roy Dotrice
aka Father from Beauty and the
Beast was in it. And then to be such an
angel! And he's just really awesome. I love how
completely calm he remains. When he tells Thomas that death
means little to him but being a murderer would have great
significance... wow. I have to admit I'd be a lil freaked
about someone so eerily calm and sure of himself.
I'm not a huge Gloria fan but her reiteration of "Netherlands" is
actually more emotionally effective for me than that
episode. The whole smiling through the tears thing is very
real to me. I love that Micah squeezes her arm.
Clearly the time alone hasn't eroded his kindness.
Micah's singing lesson is fun, too. Though it may not have
made much sense, I wouldn't have minded seeing him again. Oh
well. I think he and Andrew could have had some great
"In the hearts of His people and in your heart... that is where
God will come to rest if you will make a place for Him. That
is where you will find peace." Lovely quote from
Micah. I think it's a good thing to keep in mind: how we can
be in God's presence *now.* I see some similarity between
Thomas' quest for the Ark and the modern doomsday folks.
Yes, the world may end soon. But it may not. We'd do
better to focus on the here and now and how we can follow God in
this life... however long it lasts.
I feel like we all kinda need an Ark moment right now... I
almost made it through without crying. But, God, he looks
beautiful in that light. And he'll always feel God with him
forevermore. Until I find my live Ark moment... I'll take
What I didn't love about
It seems a bit off to me that Gloria is
supposed to act like she doesn't know Monica. That's
dishonest. Obviously one would not reveal the nature of the
relationship but it seems like in earlier episodes, this was
handled better. Like just a casual "Oh Andrew and I go way
back..." without specifics. But also without a lie of
I have to say, I always did feel kinda bad for Micah. I know
he had God but clearly he kinda missed conversation with his
fellow creatures. I like to think maybe Andrew visited him.
Here again Monica reiterates that she's been an angel for
6000 years "give or take a century." Her history seems to be
Annunciations then Choir then Search and Rescue then
Caseworking. So apparently in "The Sky is Falling," she was
loaned back to Annunciations?
Umm... How do they learn about human reproduction? It
appears Gloria does not automatically know about it. That's
gotta be one heckuva birds and the bees talk.
I'm confused... Monica says Gloria has only been an angel
for six days? So "Face of God," "Netherlands," "Shallow
Water," and this all happened within a week? Crikey.
Monica, Tess, and Andrew need a day off. And I know just
where the latter can spend it... :-)
As I watch, things are coming back to me. And I can remember
some people thinking Micah was Michael. But I can't figure
out why. Was it the flaming sword that made them think
that? Is it said that Michael guards the Ark? I
dunno. Personally, I think of Michael as more of the head of
that made me feel swoony:
So lovely... I wouldn't be afraid of Andrew, either. And I
love that he tells Catherine she's not afraid "Because you know
who I am."
For the record, I love that Andrew was the first angel we saw this
even swing by the post office for his assignment! And he
wrapped it himself!!! Awesomeness in slacks and a suit coat!
Good gravy. He looks even more amazing in those jeans and
the brown T-shirt.
Jealous... Thomas gets to hike around
Jerusalem with Andrew and doesn't even appreciate it. Also,
love that shirt Andrew has during his first Jerusalem scene.
It reminds me of the one in "Rock and a Hard Place" that I
*love.* Because of who is wearing it, of course. I do
fully realize these clothing items merely cast over a chair would
not be appealing.
Augh. I hope that one brief scene of him walking behind
Gloria in the shades and cool hat isn't all we see of that
look. C'mon close-up... Well, the shades and hat are
off by the time he gets the close-up but still...
Poor love seems really bothered by having to aid and abet this
venture. Andrew did sometimes seem like the most reverent of
the three main angels to me.
Micah telling Andrew "Nice to see you again" intrigues me...
It makes me wonder about Andrew's life pre-modern times. I
wish we'd gotten a glimpse of younger Andrew. Course, maybe
Andrew visits Micah or saw him in Heaven. I spose it doesn't
necessarily mean they worked pre-Jeremiah cases together.
I think Andrew got the best outfit in the scene in the cave.
Much more flattering than a robe.
I must admit... I have a really hard time imagining Andrew ever
wielding a sword. I mean unless it was for show a la "The
Quality of Mercy." Although wielding a bat still makes
perfect sense. I think sometimes, because of how I feel
about the character, it's hard for me to imagine Andrew with the
more otherworldly angel qualities. How can this man of
orange juice and ginger ale and football and Halloween-whinyness
also be a man of flaming swords and the Ark? And yet John
really did such an amazing job of taking this character from
places of highly approachable cuddliness to being absolutely
Music: There's some classical
music playing at the History Dept. party. Gloria and Tess
sing "Down At Your Feet." At least that's what I'm calling
it. Is that an existing song or was it written for this, I
wonder? Never heard it before or since.
I wanna learn this tea staining technique Thomas mentions.
Would be helpful for Andrew's scrap book...
This was the first episode to air after 9/11. Kinda weird to
think about. When I watched the CBS version, there were a
few patriotic commercials and it took me back.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Wow. They cut right into the middle of a scene. It's
the first one between Thomas and Andrew. Andrew goes through
the plan and talks about the permits. Thomas then says
there's one other thing. He needs a gun. Andrew
adamantly says he doesn't supply
guns. Thomas seems to think Andrew's not being up front and
points out that there are guns on every corner. Our lovely
AOD says he'll provide all the protection Thomas needs but
reiterates that there will be no guns. Thomas seems to
reluctantly accept this. Then Andrew says "See ya tomorrow
morning" which THC kept.
-Our poor boy... It's like they specifically sought out
Andrew scenes to cut... After Monica mentions being below
sea level and Thomas says that GPS won't pick up the signal and
that they're on their own, Monica tries to get through to
Andrew. She keeps repeating his name but there's no
answer. Then the scene moves to outside. Andrew has
the walkie talkie and calls twice for Monica to come in. But
there's no response. He wipes some sweat from his brow and
then looks with concern towards the mountain. Then it goes
to Gloria and Micah with the former giving her life story.
THC keeps this scene... well, most of it.
- Oh good gravy! This is ridiculous! They cut about 8
seconds from the Micah and Gloria scene. After Gloria calls
Madeline the only friend she ever had, she adds "Except for the
angels, of course." Micah then asks "May I be your
friend?" Gloria happily says "Okay!" Then he
pats her arm. THC jumped right from the Madeline reference
to the arm pat. Sheesh.
Further on down the road...
Well, this should be fun. This is the first time I've
watched this episode since binge watching all seasons of Boy
Meets World. William Russ was Alan Matthews in
that. Kinda interesting to see him in this role because my
most favorite moments with Alan in the series had to do with
religion: when he confronted Shawn about whether or not he
believed in God and then when he was praying when baby Josh was
I really feel like, as the Parent, God should have provided Gloria
with "the Talk" before she became incarnate on earth... I
get that the writers wanted to show her education and give Monica
something to do but I'm realizing more and more how I don't
necessarily dislike Gloria as a character. I just dislike
the implications behind her character. I was totally cool
with the other angels having a learning curve while here on earth
but it's just disturbing to think God would send one out so
half-baked. Good parents provide a foundation... they don't
loose their children on everyone else before teaching them some
So is this episode... six days after Gloria's birth, apparently...
supposed to be before "Shallow Water"?
How does Gloria seem to know who the Jews are in this episode but
by "Chutzpah" is a blathering idiot on the subject?
Aww. Maybe Andrew is rubbing off on Monica! She has
ginger ale at the party.
Fridge Horror moment... Gloria says she went to the library
and read the whole Bible. Seemingly she had not
before. So... was she just reading along and all of a sudden
found out that Jesus got crucified? That's brutal.
Surely God at least told her that before she came back to
earth... I hope. It'd be pretty awful to find out in a
public library that your Creator died a really awful death.
Giggle. I still love Tess' sarcasm about hitting the
professor with a frying pan.
Yay for Andrew to sticking to his, uh, guns on not getting Thomas
Father!!! :-) I woulda given anything for Ron Perlman
to have leapt out of a cavern to pummel Thomas when he pulls the
gun on Father/Micah.
I like Micah. I wish he hadn't been stranded. But then
maybe he wanted to spend his days communing only with God. I
suppose angels might have their contemplatives, too. Or
maybe he was mostly in Heaven and just called to the Ark when
Gah. John Dye's so attractive in this episode. Of
course, he always is. But especially here.
Sigh... Micah's so sweet. I love that exchange he has
with Gloria. All that solitude doesn't seem to have harmed
his ability to be a good listener.
Given Thomas didn't think the Ark was actually holy... did it not
give him pause when the cavern he believed contained it was
*glowing* deep inside a cave?
Roy Dotrice gives me goosebumps when he starts his
revelation. And I just love that the most awesome angel
(sword of flame!!!) is played by a septuagenarian.
It always bothered me that starting here, they used a shot of just
Monica for the end credits... Oh well.
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