Post by beesnbears on Dec 27, 2011 20:06:47 GMT -5
I'm thinking they...the writers thought the air was partially cleared and that they would continue to make it clearer in following eps. Then the writing got all screwy and some were jumping ship, going to other things, I think I have heard or read.
I agree, though, that the singing was an awful idea...maybe they just thought it was funny? But, I could have lived with it had they continued to write Maddie and David struggling with the effects of what had happened...especially after Maddie says, through her tears, " I'll never be the same. I don't think we'll ever be the same," while in the hospital.
What really is ridiculous is that in the following episode she tells him they are pals. But when I re-watched this she kind of seemed confused while talking to Agnes..guess I should check out that thread!
Does anybody REALLY like this episode?....), but I am trying to keep an open mind.
So my admission question is.......Convince me -- what do you like about this episode?
Fresh outlook now several years after I originally posted on this site. (Is any of the original group of posters around? Should I even be posting responses anymore? LOL Well, since Moonlighting will never die, neither will this site!) Okay, I liked the elevator scene this time. They said so much without saying anything; and Bruce's and Cybill’s acting was top notch here. However it still wasn’t enough because this is a couple that needs to talk in order to resolve anything. The elevator was about openly grieving and comforting. They resolved nothing.
I liked the song My Beautiful Balloon. It’s so cheerful and upbeat. But my liking the song was separate from my opinion of the scene itself. I did like the silly way Maddie called out to David when the balloon carried him away and her car was stuck in the water. IDK, she sounded cute even though the entire scene itself was too ridiculous and silly even for Moonlighting.
I hate that they went the slapstick route in season 5 and this episode was the beginning of that. Maddie used to be glamorous but they tried to make her and David the two stooges this season and it just fell flat - especially with Maddie.
I do not like Cybill’s hair in this episode or throughout most of the season. It looks stringy and messy.
The constant breaking of the fourth wall this season got tiresome as well – really tiresome.
Was David's two week hiatus his way of decompressing after the last 6-7 months of emotional torture? It seemed completely different than his supportive stance at the end of the previous episode.
[His behavior isn’t consistent. He didn’t seem all that broken up about the miscarriage, he comforts Maddie in the hospital and tells her he’ll be there for her. Then he disappears and doesn’t communicate with her for two weeks? Would he have acted that way with Terry? No! He would not. He bailed on Maddie when she needed him even if she pretended she didn’t.]
Was his attack at the speaker an attempt to shield Maddie...or was it to shield HIM from further angst. Recall this is the SECOND baby he lost...even if Maddie tells him that it wasn't his.
[I’d forgotten he’d lost the baby with Tess, his wife. I think he was reacting to his own pain in this moment.]
David's attack on the speaker seems to be the unleashing of his pain and despair over the loss of the baby. He has been pretending that all is well and this reaction allows us to see how deeply he has been affected by the loss. This is the David that we know.
...especially after Maddie says, through her tears, " I'll never be the same. I don't think we'll ever be the same," while in the hospital.
When she says this in A Womb With A View, it now seems to me that Glenn (?) was setting up for the very different Maddie and David personalities and dynamic we got for the rest of the season since he wouldn't be a part of it and knew the characters would seem different from then on.
To end this review, it just doesn’t make sense or feel right that after the emotion of the elevator and all the unresolved emotional issues between them, David and Maddie would suddenly sing some spirituals and go into a slapstick routine for the rest of the episode. This was the real “reboot” episode of season 5 and it didn’t work.