A review by Jenni:
So this is my first review of a non-Andrew episode. At first
planned to only cover episodes that featured an AOD.
that left so few episodes (some quite good) that it seemed a shame
to eventually review them all. And I've liked this episode
while so... every episode it is!
What I love about this
I think I
really like Jennifer. I can relate to her. Obviously
there's the name thing. And I'm also an assistant (though
a magazine). And I pray that I'll make a positive difference
the world. I don't know that my friends consider me a hermit
Jennifer's friend Cookie does her but I think they'd definitely
to "homebody" and "shy." When she marvels that Clay, who is
accomplished, is the same age as her... yeah, that's a me thing,
too. I even grieve like this lady. While I generally
cry for a lil bit after a tragedy, I don't tend to process it
weeks or even years later. And once I do I start down the
only done/not done this..." road. So when Jennifer suggests
if she'd not given him sarsaparilla Alex wouldn't have died... I
cringed. Because I knew that would be my own thought in her
position. One big difference: I do not and never have
smoked. Yuck. But otherwise I can definitely see
This episode is like an indie movie! But without an awesome
soundtrack, unfortunately. Just the way they tell the story
medias res, again!) and the dramatic lighting and the theme of
twentysomething angst... Screams indie movie to me. So
on TBAA for that!
literary! One of these days I should read Look Homeward Angel.
parts the characters quoted sounded good. But I doubt I'll
reading it during a road trip.
How diverse is Alanna Ubach??? Cookie bears absolutely no
resemblance to Lydia from "Redeeming Love." It's hard to
the characters are played by the same actress. So kudos to
I'm fond of non-linear timelines and this one was all over the
place. I'm sure that wasn't everyone's cup of tea but I
Something about Monica and the cop saying in unison "It never gets
easier," referring to random, senseless violence, gets to
guess it makes me remember, for all my angst over angels of death,
there are many, many humans who see a lot more junk than they
ever have to.
What I didn't love about
I can't really put my finger on it but something about the
interrogation scenes didn't seem right.
It's traumatic to
the poor, wounded dove! Sad... But
I'm glad it was healed. Although... Tess saying that the
"didn't know what they were doing" kinda irks me. On one
reminds me of Jesus' "Father, forgive them, they know not what
which is a welcome thing to remember. Yet... The kids
a slingshot at a bird. A guy pounded a nail into another
hand. Sure, they may not have been thinking "I am going to
this divinely sent bird/person!" but they darn well knew their
could cause pain. So I'm all for forgiving kids and ancient
tend to think they should take a lil responsibility.
I, like Jennifer, am bewildered by Alex and Clay going from
at each other to being all buddy-buddy. They tell her that
guy thing." Apparently. One of my dad's closest
is a guy he got into a big fist fight with in school. How's
happen?!? I can still feel hurt looking back on things
said or did to me and I have a hard time trusting them
afterwards. So what exactly is this "guy thing" and how does
develop it cause it sure looks easier.
that made me feel
Betcha thought that since Andrew's not in this episode I couldn't
possibly get swoony. You would be wrong.
So at the end of this episode Tess tells Monica "It's good for a
caseworker to have an experience as the angel of death.
mindful of the whole picture." Hmm. You would think,
right? So Monica played the AOD and
said "it never gets easier." So then why's she oblivious to
Andrew's pain sometimes?!?!? Why?!?! Why!?!?!
Why!?!?! He's lovely and deserves some attention!
So Brandon Douglas who played Clay also played Dr. Andrew Cook on
Dr. Quinn. And I
thinking CBS definitely had the market cornered on cute, nice
characters named Andrew. Of course, I did not think Dr. Cook
anywhere near as adorable as Andrew. Which is good cause
sounds so much better than BABB.
A Word from Travis:
Maybe I need to watch this episode again, but I just didn’t
like it (the back and forth narration and the story line). I
recognize Alicia Coppola (Ava) as she played Lorna on a daytime
soap called “Another World.”
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