Dana was spot on in this weekâ€™s Saving Hope when she asked if sheâ€™s seeing whatâ€™s really there, or what she wants to see. Between Alexâ€™s prediction that Joel would get bored and leave like before, Danaâ€™s own failure to see what was really going on with her patient and Charlie unable to recognize a ghost as a ghost outside the hospital, â€œThe Other Side of Midnightâ€ was all about perception.
I donâ€™t know if Charlie was more thrown by seeing a ghost outside of the hospital, or that she seemed so real and alive. Usually the spirits he runs into through work know something is wrong, and Lauren Lee Smithâ€™s character didnâ€™t have that direct awareness Iâ€™m so used to. Still, as she repeatedly told Charlie to come up to her room I could feel the tone transitioning from flirtatious to urgent. Though perhaps unlike Charlie, I had the added benefit of realizing we were missing our weekly ghostâ€”and that would be a strange thing for Saving Hope to leave out.
But even without all the usual warnings, I don’tÂ thinkÂ itâ€™s necessarily the best idea for Charlie to go running to Dey. The abrasive, hallucinogenic-stashing psychiatrist still hasnâ€™t won me overâ€”in part because Iâ€™m still not over Gavinâ€™s unceremonious departure, but also because nothing heâ€™s done since showing up has convinced me heâ€™s trustworthy enough for Charlie’s secret. Deyâ€™s fascinations with hallucinations might, on the one hand, be pretty useful for this case, but it might also get in the way of getting Charlie what Iâ€™m confident he wants: no more ghosts.
Though that massive cliffhanger left me wondering if Charlie was at least about to get one thing he wanted. Iâ€™m not entirely clear on the timeline of Alex and Charlieâ€™s break up and Alex and Joelâ€™s new relationship (which has, apparently, escalated to Liberia). If itâ€™s been about 10 weeks since Katz kissed Maggie then thereâ€™s a strong chance Alexâ€™s look of concern had to do with her newfound belief that Joel hasnâ€™t changed, though Iâ€™m leaving the door open for some paternity debate too.
As for Liberiaâ€”it came as out of the blue for me as it did Alex. While I know Joel has a history of wanderlust, heâ€™s been pretty locked into Hope Zion of late and I was surprised to hear him sound so ready to ditch the clinic and the hospital to visit a country Iâ€™ve never heard him mention. It felt like yet another convenient foil for the couple. And unless hopping on a plane to go home for a bit triggered something, I can only assume that getting back together with the woman he was staying rooted for has him dreaming of a life they could have together. Itâ€™s just unfortunate that, as fun as Alex is, sheâ€™s never really struck me as the pick-up-and-go type. And sheâ€™s really not going to be that type with a baby on the way.
Then again, itâ€™s not like this weekâ€™s main case was really going to fill anyone with confidence about a certain type of person. In hindsight, Alexâ€™s extreme concern about Nathanâ€™s family makes more sense when compared to her own worries about how much she can depend on Joel for. There was nothing reassuring about Tawnyâ€™s arrival, even if Nathanâ€™s ex-wife did come with all the information they needed to treat him. The list of Nathanâ€™s exploits, the damage theyâ€™ve done and Tawnyâ€™s desperate efforts to protect her daughter from any of the details of how precarious her fatherâ€™s lifestyle is were overwhelming enough without being in the similar position Alex felt she was in.
Still, as last week established, Joel and Alex arenâ€™t long for this worldâ€”two episodes into their relationship and there’sÂ been an awful lot of fighting. Then again, maybe Alex is just freaking out over the prospect of a baby when her life is so transitional right now. Or that those Joel revelations triggered her very worst memories of him, and the suggestion of Liberia has her thinking her potential baby daddy is in even less of a firm place than she is. Or maybe it is Charlieâ€™s, and thereâ€™s a whole other mess sheâ€™s bracing for. It all depends on how she looks at it.
- Iâ€™m sorry Maggie, but who puts a sweater in their top drawer?
- â€œThere are 17 steps to making a crepe. Try and get one of them right.â€â€“Shahir
- â€œIf I eat them Iâ€™ll go into anaphylactic shock and die.â€ Katzâ€™s flirting could use a bit of work.
- â€œTheyâ€™re making me feel like crepe.â€ Granted this should have been a big tip off to everyone. Who doesnâ€™t like the smell of crepes?
- â€œArenâ€™t we the Lord and Lady of Downer Abbey.â€ I would much prefer this show to the real Downton.
- Also, Zach and Melanda? Hoping this isnâ€™t going to be another Dawn/Reycraft.
Saving Hope airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.
3 thoughts on “Review: Crash and burn on Saving Hope”
Please, no baby-daddy drama. Sincerely hope Alex knows who the father is, and it’s most likely Joel because Alex and Charlie have hardly been together since midway last season. Only during her recovery.
I don’t know if Charlie wants the ghosts gone…he tossed out the pills last season when they cost him the opportunity to save a life, and here’s another life he likely saved. It’s also not the first time he’s mistaken a ghost for a real person, though it has to be troubling that it happened outside the hospital.
Zach and Melanda have been together since early last season (Defense). They just haven’t shown the two of them very often.
Hallie, love your comments–you know the show so well and thanks for the Zach reminder!
Slight obsession :)
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