A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I really enjoyed how Melissa's "problem" and Dr. Adam's real
were compared and contrasted in this episode. The look on
doctor's face when Melissa asks "Don't you ever hear stuff nobody
can?" is so disturbed. To contrast that with Melissa's
love for her angel voices was really poignant for me. I
kind of goes along with what Monica says in the graveyard
For adults sometimes a heartbreak comes along and from then on
don't see beauty. This episode reminds me a lot of Jesus
that we must become like little children. It's only when
able to drop the dark veil that's made him perceive everything
pessimistically that he can experience the joy that Melissa
I really think Tess is a great teacher in this.
like it when she informs that boy that teases Melissa that "I do
accept the word weird." I've had some teachers that were
much like her in that respect and others who were not.
guess who I liked and had more respect for!
I wish Clara had made more than this one appearance. First,
love the idea of a female archangel. Second, Olympia Dukakis
great here. Third, I just loved her way of speaking.
I am absolutely not, not, NOT a person who thinks all psychiatry
bad. However... I do think over-medication and inappropriate
medication occurs. So I applaud TBAA for offering up just
scenario with Melissa. I was once misdiagnosed with a
illness and given medication that basically killed my
It was so weird. I got so frustrated with my inability to
that I ended up climbing onto the roof of my house in the middle
rainstorm. So... seeing a show bring up the possibility of
catatonia resulting from wrongly prescribed meds is a big deal to
Monica stressing that there's an angel with all children when they
while not exactly groundbreaking for this show, was still
This from Clara gives me a lump in my throat: "You're not only
going to hear the angels. When little children get older,
voices drown the angel voices out. But you should never stop
listening for them. Sometimes you'll hear them in the trees.
Sometimes you'll hear them in the crickets at dusk. Sometimes
hear an angel in the sound of 'hello.' But never stop listening.
never forget that you did once hear them. And some day you'll hear
"Tis a Gift" is really a very appropriate song to have the
singing and, I think, really reiterates what this episode is
about. Awesome choice.
While I may have some issues with Monica, I'm genuinely happy for
at the end of this episode. I can't sing well, either.
always felt for her in that aspect and Clara's pep talk to her was
really great and well-deserved.
I didn't love about this
This isn't a gripe about the episode. Just a not
positive reaction. To be honest, this episode kinda makes me
sad. When Melissa talks about it being hard to grow up and
hear the angels any longer... I could relate. I mean I don't
recall ever hearing angels. But it made me intensely miss
spirituality of my youth. I think there's something
about faith at all stages. However, there's a certain appeal
the memories of my thinking Jesus really did come to take my
pets Home, that angels had fluffy wings and were always happy, and
God was a nice, Grandpa-looking guy on a cloud. And atheism
simply astounding and, as Melissa said, sad. These beliefs
comfortable and Heaven did seem closer, at least in hindsight.
Beyond the spiritual aspect,
this episode also makes me
usual rush of my own life. I couldn't even watch this
one sitting because I felt like I'd better get the vacuuming done
window replaced first. (And the sad irony that I chose to do
right after Clara said "the older you get the more noise you hear"
occur to me.) Then there were the unplanned interruptions
good (an amusing squirrel outside licking a Skittles package he or
had found) and bad (unwanted phone call). If I can't even
uninterrupted minutes to watch a TV show about angels... I do
how many real angels I might be missing just from failing to slow
My only real gripe is that using the name Adam did throw me a few
times. Once or twice when someone referred to an off-screen
Adam... I thought AOD.
Is this episode kinda going for the idea of life before
birth? I can't quite decide if they're implying that
hear angels because they come first from Heaven or if babies can
angels upon being born but without necessarily having been to
Heaven. Personally, I like the idea of life before birth.
When I look at Rorschach I mostly see butterflies and sometimes
insects. What does that mean? ;-)
I wonder where the truth lies in Adam's and Monica's debate about
whether religion is thrust upon children or whether children are
with a natural faith. I think I believe a lil bit of
When Adam sees the tire swing moving is that supposed to be the
are we to believe he can see the effects of Andrew even if he
actually see Andrew?
Parts that made me feel
Andrew is always good-looking IMO. But this episode has some
the most swoon and sigh inducing shots...
First, Andrew is adorable
children. I love his expression
when he says "Those are my toys!" jokingly to Melissa. And
when he's crouching down and talking to her and shakes her hand...
the lovely angel.
I know I'm biased but I loved Andrew's painting! And, yeah,
think it looked kinda "Van Gogh-y" to borrow his word. But
like Van Gogh. I wish Andrew would come paint a wall
Andrew calling Van Gogh a "seriously disturbed dude" amuses
And also makes me a lil sad cause that sorta goofy,
(even when maybe not so appropriate) aspect of Andrew seems to die
later. Poor love.
He's way cute when he asks Monica about the singing aspect.
he gets flustered and tries to be polite as possible about her
I know a graveyard scene, especially of the nature of the one in
episode, is absolutely not an appropriate time to be crushing
but... Andrew looks really good in that scene. Blue
and a yellow shirt. Wind going through his hair, backed by
trees... Nice. Andrew always looks nice backed by
we get to appreciate it a lot in this episode!
Andrew swaying with the tire swing...
Andrew in those gold hued shots inside the cabin...
I'm glad Melissa met Clara but I feel that church should probly
some sorta security/safety mechanisms in place. It's scary
kid could get up to the top by themselves!
I'm pretty sure I learned the word catatonic from this episode.
Monica comforting Adam, newly returned to the tragic cabin, about
his daughter didn't die alone made me think of The Shack which I
A Word from Travis:
I wondered how Katie hearing voices connected to Dr. Adam
Litowski who seemed to suffer from some sort of recurring
nightmare/memories from the past. I was astounded by how these 2
interesting characters connected. They were both interesting as a
young Katie wasn’t afraid to tell others that she heard from
angels while Dr. Adam Litowski kept his nightmares to himself.
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