A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
First, this is one of my personal favorites. So I love a lot
about this episode. But as for particulars...
At long last we make an important discovery in this episode!
Andrew has knees! And shins!!! ;-) For some reason
I'm just amused by it taking nearly two years for Andrew to get to wear
shorts. I don't know why this amuses me but it does.
I liked the portrayal of teen girls. I found it to be one of the
more relatable portrayals I've seen on TV. I didn't have to face
my own mortality as a teenager, like these girls, but Erin's sarcastic
jadedness at points was very familiar. As, of course, was her
affection for Andrew. She also has a quote about being more
scared of living than of dying. I still feel that way
sometimes but remember thinking that often as a teenager.
I could also relate to Melanie's distaste for constantly being told
everything will be all right and okay. That bothered me as a teen
and it still bothers me today because by now (and back then) I was old
enough to know that sometimes really tragic and really unfair things
happen. To constantly get this vague, optimistic spiel made me
feel like my concerns and I were not being taken seriously. So I
think the TBAA writers did a fairly good job
capturing the young characters.
I like how Tess stresses God's plan when she's chewing out Monica and
Rafael after they switch assignments. First of all, they deserve
to be chewed out so it's good to see them get that. But mostly I
like it because it drives home the point that angels, like humans, are
individuals. God doesn't just toss out assignments willy-nilly
and particular angels get sent on particular assignments with good
I have my issues with Rafael but when he shows up at the Face and puts
a comforting hand on Andrew's arm... I can almost forgive him for
disrespecting China in "Children of the Night." And he gets a lil
closer to winning absolution from me when he begins to sing Melanie's
song. Cause that's really beautiful.
Another Erin moment that I really appreciate is when Monica appears to
her, Nikki, and Abby at the Face. Erin tells Monica that she
doesn't know what it's like. Very true. And I think it's
good for Monica to get reminded of that. Especially when earlier
she said something about how everyone in the cabin will die at some
point. Except Monica won't. And I realize it would have
been stupid to say "Everyone in this room will die eventually.
Well, except me. And you'll find out why later. It'll be a
fun surprise!" I feel the occasional reminder that, while angels
may come to empathize a lot with the humans during assignments, in the
end there are differences. That's neither good nor bad.
It's simply the way things are. Good on Erin to pick that up.
What I didn't love about this
Really not fond of Monica, Rafael, and Tess during the teaser before
the credits. First, this is another great example of Monica being
wimpy. This is the same Monica that at other times thinks she can
handle the big, epically tragic cases. Yet here she begs off a
camping assignment in hopes of sipping coffee in New York. Great.
Then there's Rafael with his "hey, an angel's an angel." First,
he sure as heck is not interchangeable with, say, Andrew. I'd
definitely prefer one over the other. Second, who would want to
believe themselves to be interchangeable, anyhow!?!
Finally, what's with Tess the drill sergeant? Blowing her whistle
at poor Andrew... Sheesh. And then she gets mad at Rafael
and asks Andrew "Where do you get this [Rafael]?" Why the heck
should Andrew be held responsible for Rafael and his poor
choices? This just screams burden of the firstborn.
I love Andrew. I trust Andrew. I think he has good
judgment... most of the time. Which is why I find it a lil odd
that he offers Erin private swim lessons. This is probly sad
testimony to the age I grew up in but that just seems potentially
dangerous. I can remember a college professor telling us how
they're told to never be alone with a student in order to protect
themselves from allegations. So I always think of that during the
scene. And then I get jealous cause obviously whomever wrote that
got to grow up in an era before everyone got so freaked out about
potential law suits and potential abuses of power. Musta been
Erin shows Andrew "Erin Loves Andrew" on the Face, he tells her that
there is someone out
there for her, just not him. I want to
know if Andrew *knows*
if he's just saying that to make her feel better? Cause I hate
people say that and don't really know it to be true. It's like
"everything will be all right/okay" thing. It doesn't comfort
just makes me feel lied to and like I'm not being taken
seriously. And, unlike Erin, I'm not sure I want a boyfriend so
it kinda makes me feel pressured. In other words, here's hoping
no angel ever says that to me unless he or she has proof!
Umm... so what happened to the guy in New York with the coffee
stand? Maybe I was distracted and missed it but did they say who
helped him out since both Monica and Rafael ended up at camp? Did
Monica finish with him before arriving at the camp?
I'm just curious if others feel that, in real life, Erin would have
shown Andrew her message on the Face so soon? Cause that's always
been a lil hard for me to grasp. I suppose since I'm fairly
reserved. Heck, it took me 4 years to have my Dyeland character
tell Andrew she loved him. So the idea of actually showing a guy
I just met something like that makes me feel very uncomfy. I also
found it a lil odd she didn't consider the apparent age difference and
how that'd look to other people.
Parts that made me feel
This episode has several quotes that I'm sure I interpret differently
than they were meant to be. When Andrew assures Erin that he's
"not like most people" I always want to shriek "No freaking
kidding! I don't have 12 year long crushes on most people!
Crikey... 12 years. Eeek." And when Erin tells her friends
that Andrew's history... I know it's a terribly serious scene but I get
the giggles for a moment cause that's literally true. Andrew *is*
history. And then I get swoony thinking about him during various
historical eras... But then I focus.
All previous times I've watched this I've had a hard time believing
Erin coulda fallen for Andrew so hard and so quickly. But then I
watched it tonight... And I saw Andrew assure Erin she will not
be alone when she died... And then I understood. I woulda
fallen hard and quickly for a guy who said that like he did. I
just wouldn't tell him for four years. ;-)
At the Face: "Oh God, I really don't want to do this."
Andrew looks so devastated. I don't want to watch him do
that! And then to watch the relief on his face when the girls all
agree not to kill themselves. I especially love his look of absolute
relief when Erin drops the pills. He's beautiful.
just something about how Andrew says “God has a plan for your
life. There is a reason for you to be living.” Obviously
the words alone are very encouraging but when he says them... I
dunno. I *really* believe it.
Finally, when Andrew sets his forehead against Monica's hair, relieved
because the girls have all chosen life, it's just... It's like
he's just letting all that concern he had for them fall away and it's
kinda exhausting. And I wanna be Monica...
I'd never really given much thought to the parents' point of view but
watching tonight, with Abby speaking to her mom on the phone, it hit me
how difficult a decision sending their children to camp was for those
parents. Imagine knowing you may have a very short time with your
child and yet allowing them to go away for an extended space of time to
be with their friends. It's very unselfish.
It's disturbing to see how psyched the girls get about preparations
leading up to their suicide pact. Chilling.
Has anyone ever realized that the male angels seem to have more
experience with musical instruments than the female ones? All
three AODs play piano. Andrew also has played the drums.
Gabriel has his trumpet. Jacob has his guitar. Rafael also
plays guitar. Other than Tess are any other female angels ever
shown with musical instruments?
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