Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : ... See full summary »
Joan keeps having dreams where Judith appears. God tells Joan to do something she is afraid of, so she tries out for the diving team, because she is scared of heights. Grace tells Luke he hides with ...
The Girardis all give statements about the night of the accident for the court case, which brings back lots of memories. Joan fails her physics test and is told that she is not suitable material for ...
Millions of people speak to God. What if God spoke back? Life just got a hell of a lot more confusing for teenage Joan Girardi, who already deals with feeling out of place in her family : her police chief father, her somewhat overbearing mother, her geeky younger brother and former football star older brother, now paralyzed. They'd never believe her if she told them that God is talking to her. Does Joan have a higher purpose on earth, or are these strange conversations just in her head? Written by
In her DVD commentary for the first season episode "Jump," show creator Barbara Hall explains why Adam usually calls Joan "Jane." Hall says that in Adam's first appearance (in the episode "The Fire and the Wood"), he was still pretending to be a stoner to distance himself from others and protect himself emotionally in the aftermath of his mother's suicide. In service to that ruse, Adam would often pretend to be "out of it" - unable to focus or get simple facts quite correct. Hence, although he knew perfectly well that her name was Joan, he started calling her "Jane" to seem spacey - and it stuck as a joking term of endearment between them. Hall says that one can always tell when Adam is angry at Joan by noting when he uses her real name. Hall also says that this topic is one of the questions about the show she gets asked the most. See more »
first off: yay CBS for actually making a good show!! I mean, what, are we in our 10th season of JAG?
this show reminds me of My So-Called Life. and that's nothing to sneeze at. it's certainly not _as_ good, but it has the same feel with its realistic characters (and not just the main characters, but the supporting ones, too). it seems like kids who are teenagers now would relate to this show like kids of my generation related to MSCL in the 90s. I think the writers need to make the parents a little more accessible, but the way they show the many facets of the younger characters, especially Joan and her brothers, is really impressive.
the x-factor: Joan hangs out with God. I'm not a religious person, and if there are supposed to be religious overtones in this show, I'm not feeling them. It's almost like God is the trusty alien sidekick or something like that. It's cool, because even though I personally don't believe in God, I certainly have friends who do, and who knows? They might talk to God, too. It's nice that a TV show can address religion, which is such a part of so many people's lives, in a non-preachy way.
the show, however, isn't about religion. it's about a middle-class white suburban family and their personal struggles. I feel like the show could go up or down from here. there have been some really unique and interesting story lines (Joan's tame relationship with the "stoner"/artist Adam, the questioning of Grace's sexuality, the art-teacher mother's rediscovering of the art she created after being raped) and even the story lines that seem more boring and uninspired seem to be coming around (the condescending-macho chief of police dad being demoted, the wheelchair-bound former-star-athlete older brother regaining his confidence and returning to "player" status, despite his disabilities)
I think the show's sometimes-slow pace is a testament to how long it might last. I hope it stays around for a while, at least, even if I do have to keep staying in for a while on Friday nights :)
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