Is it too early to declare this show hands down, easily, no question, my favorite new show this year? And I’m not just talking mid-season replacements, either, and I really liked The Walking Dead. I just … LOVE IT. I keep craving more of it, and wishing there was going to be a new episode sooner, and all kinds of crazy, stalkerish behavior usually reserved for freshman year of college.
Anyway, this episode totally lived up to all my obsessive expectations, and I find it really encouraging to see a show have such a definite direction and clearly developing characters so early on. Supernatural was good at this too, so it’s not shocking, but it’s nice. And speaking of Supernatural, this show is making me its bitch in the exact same way–I both teared up and laughed out loud several different times during this episode. Oh, Show, you know how to cut me straight to the core.
Let’s start with Sally. She was the character that we knew least by the end of the last episode, which makes sense, as Josh and Aidan already knew each other and had somewhat of a relationship, and she was the new girl. This time, we got more of her backstory and just more of her in general. I still think she and Josh have insanely great friend chemistry, and I loved how excited she got to see Dave, like a little kid, and by the time he showed up and was talking about how Sally lit up the room (very, very thoughtful and sweet of Aidan to ask, by the way), you could already see how it was totally true. Sally, by virtue of her situation, spends a lot of time being sad, or lost, but when she’s happy, she’s amazing and I love her. And, you know, when she hurts, it hurts. I was glad we (and she) found out how she died in this episode, and that it was nothing sinister, just an accident that happened and could’ve happened to anyone. That was actually one of the sadder things.
Also, the mere MENTION of Marley & Me makes me tear up. I couldn’t watch the movie, because I read the book and cried for like four straight days. It terrified Billy so much that he won’t even touch it, and it was originally his Christmas present. Yikes.