Virgin River: Virgin River season 1
December 13, 2019 7:56 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

 
I've never read any of the Virgin River books - but I figure 'show only' spoiler conditions might be too limiting for the thread, since I think I can safely predict this is going to be a low-comment thread.

Anyway, I thought this was a decent little slice of Romancelandia. Nothing ground-breaking, just lots of attractive people, with tragic or mysterious pasts, possibly finding love. I was a little unsatisfied by the end, since most of the plots are left unresolved, but I see IMDB has the episode count at 20, so, I assume the rest of the Happy-Ever-Afters will happen in season 2.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:18 PM on December 13, 2019


It was very twee in a nice comfortable, watch with a mug of tea and half your attention way. The class, wealth and race issues that can be glossed over in a movie start sticking out more sharply in a series, and it got a little tough with how easily huge things like post natal depression were wrapped up. The alcoholic cheating hero is not to my taste at all, so I cheered at the ending :-)
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 12:01 AM on December 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


Wait, which one are we counting as a cheating alcoholic? I guess Jack is sort of a cheater since he was an idiot to believe he wasn’t in a relationship already, but I didn’t think he was an alcoholic, and Doc definitely cheated but wasn’t an alcoholic.

Oh, one other fun thing was playing “spot the Stargate actors”, surprise Michael Shanks is like getting bingo.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:02 AM on December 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


He was constantly sneaking boot flask drinks! On this kind of show that’s a total secret alcoholic sign. And he cheated, denial or not.

I would squeal with delight if Teal’c turned up as the other bartender’s dad and helped bury evil!Shanks body in the woods.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 7:11 PM on December 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


Oh, duh, right, forgot about the flask - I guess I filed that under the 'self-medication/denial of PTSD veteran' trope instead of straight-up alcoholic.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:23 PM on December 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


I'm two episodes away from finishing, but I don't care for Jack so the Mel/Jack romance isn't really motivating me to finish. Jack was so shitty to and about Charmaine that I can't root for Mel to end up stuck with him, which kind of makes the whole series rough going. I kind of want more small-town medical stuff, I'd really anticipated more of a Call the Midwife vibe given that Mel is a nurse practitioner and midwife.
posted by yasaman at 7:38 PM on December 14, 2019 [2 favorites]


I kind of want more small-town medical stuff, I'd really anticipated more of a Call the Midwife vibe given that Mel is a nurse practitioner and midwife.

So this isn't like a Northern Exposure reboot? I saw the title screen on Netflix but I guess I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:20 AM on December 15, 2019


Yeah, it's not Northern-Exposure-ish at all really, this is straight-up Harlequin Romance territory.

And I agree that Jack/Mel isn't particularly compelling. I'll still probably watch season 2 to find out how they resolve the triangle though.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:23 AM on December 15, 2019


Jack is a lowkey/wannabe fuckboi. Ugh. Charmaine’s Queen energy in her salon, when Jack showed up stalker-tastically (uh, she’s not returning your calls bc u love someone else very obviously?) made me stand up and cheer. I loved how Charmaine refused to PickMe Dance for that dude.
posted by edithkeeler at 2:34 PM on November 27, 2020 [1 favorite]


It's like Northern Exposure crossed with Doc Martin, except somewhat blander than either, but as a light escapist time-killer I'm finding this highly serviceable.
posted by Coaticass at 5:31 PM on December 1, 2020


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