Since I missed out on watching episode eight last week (shout-out to Angela for the reminder to go back and watch it), I’ll re-cap it briefly and also sharing thoughts on this weeks, ‘Change of Heart.’ when calls the heart, season one episodes 8&9
When Calls the Heart, Season One Episodes 8&9 (2014 Hallmark) TV Review
Episode eight (‘Perils of the Soloists’) begins just where seven leaves off, with a homecoming that opens up new wounds in the aftereffects of the mine disaster. The return of Adam Miller (Chad Willet) has the whole town anticipating seeing the only miner to survive the tragedy return. Only it’s with a secret he neglects to share with his wife which causes tension and more heartbreak in their family.
Meanwhile, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is encountering trouble of her own. Her café is enjoying success but her business partner is demanding more of her that she deems proper. Coinciding with these events is the arrival of Julie Thatcher (Charlotte Hegele), Elizabeth’s sister who stumbles onto her own mystery. Then there is the playful chemistry between Jack (Daniel Lissing) and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) who are finally honest about their attraction. But their understanding is shattered with unexpected news.
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With each new episode, what Hallmark continues to build on is good solid family entertainment and for that, I’m grateful. From a production viewpoint, there are some things about the show that could be polished. For example, it seems like the dialogue is a mix of contemporary phrasings and appropriate conversation for its era. These modern phrases do “stick out” a bit like a sore thumb. (Plus, I don’t think I’d even notice if Lissing didn’t lose his accent for the role of Jack Thorton – sigh. I’ll admit, it would have been terribly out of place. *wink*)‘WHEN CALLS THE HEART,’ SEASON ONE EPISODES 8&9 (2014) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
Writers certainly do deserve credit for finding a groove that works. I think overall, the show is getting good at upping the intrigue in expanding to more than just the romance. Their format seems to be a one-two episode span for any “mystery” before they quickly wrap it up and for viewers who aren’t fond of the same plot threads dragging on for seasons and seasons (believe me, I’ve experienced this and after a while, it does wear thin), this is the better format.
Episode eight works on an emotional premise of a family trying to adapt to a new normal. This episode will touch you by many of the scenes; including a young girl’s innocent aptitude to overlook her father’s physical limitations. It’s a well-acted and special installment and then, there are the thoughts on this week’s episode, ‘Change of Heart.’
Viewers will likely walk away from this episode with joy (Elizabeth and Jack taking steps towards courtship…?) only to then end with a bit of heartbreak. However, my perspective isn’t skewed as I’m “confident” nothing too terrible will come of how things end. The script doesn’t shake out how the promo would have us think. Still, there’s charming moments sure to make “team Jack” fans swoon and of course, it’s amusing to meet Julie! Like her sister, she’s got spunk and will be a fun (hopefully) recurring guest star from time to time.
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