A review by Jenni:
I feel it only right to admit that I didn't particularly feel like
watching this episode today. Nor do I really want to be writing
this up. But I just really wanted to get another S4 episode done
so I'll be in good shape when S5 starts on Hallmark. That being
said... I'm afraid even under the best of circumstances I'm not crazy
about this episode.
What I love about this
what I said above, there are aspects of this episode I like.
First, I like that Monica describes herself to Annie as having "a very
strong faith." TBAA's whole angels don't have faith idea that
surfaced on occasion makes approximately zero sense to me. No,
they don't need faith to tell them God exists. They've seen
Him. But I think acknowledging God exists is only a *part* of
Trusting Him, knowing He loves you and wants what's best
for you and His other children: those are parts of faith, too.
And the show definitely had the angels struggling with those aspects.
It's funny that Tess wants Annie's toaster oven. I guess.
Well, I do have to give this episode props for being
anti-shipper! Note it: Monica says Andrew is NOT her boyfriend
but her friendfriend. See, NOT her boyfriend, shipper people!
Okay, it is fun to glance around the one lady's grocery store and look
for "brand names" like Corn Squares.
I kinda like the way they did the flashbacks with older Annie speaking
and us seeing the flashback Annie and Tommy just mouthing the
words. It's different from the standard flashback.
And the way the townspeople surprise Annie is cute. I like people
pulling together for nice surprises like that. Just too bad it
got corny fast...
I'm quite fond of this line spoken by Monica to Annie: "God doesn't do
things half-way. He doesn't give us some of His love, He gives
you all of His love. And He doesn't let you glimpse just a part
of your dream, He lets you see it all."
So I really don't like this episode. But I know some people
really do. So this episode helps me remember that TBAA may not
always speak to me but that just means that at those times it's
speaking to someone else. I'm sure there are episodes that I
adore and others revile.
What I didn't love about this
What was Monica
thinking messing with Annie's TV? Annie was right to be
ticked. Who walks into a stranger's home and starts working their
I work with a group that, among other things, raises money to support
research of macular degeneration. So I was thinking that with
that background, this episode might hold more meaning for me now.
Sadly, this is probly still the TBAA episode I feel the least
emotionally connected to.
Monica!!! I can't believe she falls hook, line, and
sinker for the murder accusation made against Annie. I mean I
could see it causing doubts and questioning but she's just so
sure! She even tells Tess! It's crazy!
Honestly, I just don't know what it is. It's not like I think any
of the actors did subpar jobs. The acting seems solid to
me. This episode just doesn't work for me. It doesn't keep
my attention at all. The plot is just too out there, I think.
The bluescreen is just unforgivable. I can't stand it. I
start laughing before I see it, just because I know it's coming.
Eeek. Why?!?! I coulda taken the scene seriously if they'd
restricted themselves to just showing a pan of actual Venice from
Annie's POV. The second they put Monica in that outfit and tried
to insert her into Venice... awfulness.
anyone find it a lil unbelievable that in all her years and in all
her assignments, Monica never heard the phrase "ticking off"? Is
regional or something?
I've got to wonder if someone in the show once lived in a small town
who pooled their resources to send one of their kids to medical school
only to have the kid flake out in a big way. Cause that idea pops
up in "Promised Land," too.
Parts that made me feel
Poor Andrew. We barely see him in this episode. But when he
do... his outfit really pops! Blue jeans, red shirt, his black
leather jacket... Loveliness.
I think it's cute that Andrew just knew Monica would eventually go to
the basement. And in that scene I started to think he sounded
like a Crane brother from Frasier
as he was talking about the glass. In a good way. I like
Niles and Frasier! Just not as much as Andrew...
I think this episode may be why, when I went to get a dog, I wanted to
get a German shepherd. Not positive but I'm thinking so...
The Andrew Effect. In any case, I ended up with what I guess to
be a German shepherd/beagle mix. Stress on the latter.
This episode kinda reminds me of the fairy tale "Bluebeard." But
I gotta say I find the fairy tale a bit more thrilling.
My inner LJA panicked when Andrew talked about people sometimes getting
crabby when they get older. Here's hoping she doesn't! Nor
the others! What a sad, sad image of Dyeland...
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