Friday, February 19, 2010


This show was cancelled just when it was getting good. Shame on CBS. Bad call. There are times when the writers start out with a good idea and then they lose the thread. That wasn't the case here. It was only on two seasons but really great stuff. Awesome cast. Awesome writing. Big applause.

There is so much material on youtube. Most of it is clips set to music that you really only appreciate if you watched the show. So, it's there. Unfortunately, one of the best and most enlightening moments of the show is a clip from the pilot that youtube arbitrarily deleted the sound on (egads) which was Joan's first encounter with God and was, obviously, a life-changing and defining moment for her. I would have made it the first clip if I could. Alas, I cannot. This show addresses so many issues that I can't even begin to list them all but it starts with God's role in our lives and parlay that out a gadzillion different ways. It tackles relationships on every level (siblings, parents, marital, boyfriend/girlfriend, handicapped to the world/family/sexually, friendships, religions). Well, let's tackle this and just see what we come up with....Oh, to help explain a little bit on this first one. Joan's older brother was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident and the family is still dealing with that.

Okay, that was video number one. It made me cry. Moving on to video number two. God gave Joan the assignment of keeping Adam's piece out of the art show. She failed in the task. This is where the clip begins...

That was one of my all-time favorite episodes and another heart crusher. Joan broke Adam's heart in that episode and altered the course of their relationship. Terrible ramifications. We don't live in a vacuum. How can we do so much damage with such good intentions?

Okay, we've had so much angst. Fast forward to the end of this one. The last minute is the best. It is the school science fair and Luke (Joan's brother) and Grace (her best friend) collaborated on a project that sorta blows everything up in a good way.

And this is the after....

More Joan/Adam heartbreak and one of my favorite God scenes:

This is the last one I am including for this session and it, too, is from season one. I am not going to be the one to totally spoil it for you! It starts out rife with pain. Families are full of blessings and tragedy. Will (Joan's dad) is full of issues regarding his father and half-brother and they came knocking in this episode. Things just don't stay buried. However, it ends on a really good note.

I think these clips tell the tale. What do you think?????

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