The story of Adam and Eve is probably one of my least favorites in the Bible; however, the factual idea behind it is something I could never let go of. It’s this idea that human beings aren’t designed to be alone. We aren’t meant to live alone — we are meant to interact, we are meant to grow, learn, laugh, cry, and love with other human beings who may either be just like us, or our complete opposites. And that’s why writing about relationships will always be my favorite topic as a writer — there’s something so marvelous and raw about the connections we have with other people — whether they’re platonic or romantic, they matter, and they shape us in ways we can never truly describe.
Also, be sure to check out our Series of the Year | Stranger Things article, as the number one performances, characters, relationships, and moments are all featured there first. They deserved their own special tribute. (There are a lot of things I appreciate about Stranger Things, but it’s the relationships, the pure, indescribable bonds that have profoundly resonated with me to core and have made me cry the happiest tears too many times. They’re now number one for me, of all time. Yes, of all time.)
As always, my beautiful, remarkably wise friends Katie (Nerdy Girl Notes) and Heather (TV Examined) have a number of phenomenal choices for their Best of 2017 reviews. Be sure to head on over there stat.
25 Inimitable Men 25/25
Jack Thornton (When Calls the Heart)
Do you ever see a character and are automatically turned off by their behavior? That’s how I felt upon meeting When Calls the Heart’s Jack Thornton. I flat out couldn’t stand him and didn’t want him anywhere near sweet Elizabeth. And to be honest, I was a little worried with how the series would try to justify his unkindness, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it gave him an arc worth discussing while helping him become a character worth loving. I did imagine that I’d grow to care for Jack eventually but I never imagined the fact that he’d become one of my favorite characters some day. And when a series is able to do that, we can be certain of the fact that it’s done an excellent job in storytelling through character development. Jack Thornton is tremendously honorable, irrevocably loving, and profoundly understanding.
March 26-April 1
“My Heart Will Go On” | When Calls the Heart
It’s been a wild yet quiet week with Once Upon A Time’s heartbreaking episode and Madam Secretary’s intriguing hour following on Sunday. The Flash gave us one shocking twist after another. The Americans once again dealt with Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage beautifully. And Chicago P.D. broke our hearts 20-times more than before. But it was When Calls the Heart which left me bawling for an entire hour with a mixture of happy and sad tears.