In an attempt to avoid hitting a wolf, Ty is badly injured when he crashes his bike on a remote road leaving Jack to search for help in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, back at Heartland, ...
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In an attempt to avoid hitting a wolf, Ty is badly injured when he crashes his bike on a remote road leaving Jack to search for help in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, back at Heartland, an anxious Amy has visions that tell her something has happened to Ty. When his lawyer digs up some dirt on Miranda, Tim starts thinking seriously about a custody suit. And Lou and Peter both receive interesting career opportunities that complicate their parenting plan. Written by
There are times when a great story can be pushed aside for your "B" and "C" stories, in which case, your "A" story suffers. This is what occurs during this episode.
When you have a cast of characters that is as large and vast as Heartland's, writers can easily lose focus in their attempt to give some time to those other characters. It becomes prudent for a good writer and director to realize where the focus should be.
At the end of the previous episode, Ty avoids hitting a wolf, and all we hear is a loud crash. We find out that Jack is banged up, but Ty is badly injured. Ty is disoriented and begins reliving memories of the past with Amy, including telling Jack that he needs to see Amy. Meanwhile, Amy begins seeing the spotted Appaloosa horse that has a connection with Ty. She suspects that it is a sign that something is wrong, and Jack tries to find some help in a very desolate and remote area.
Ty's disorientation, Jack's struggle to find help, and Amy's attempts to interpret the signs are the heart of the story. It is an emotional story arc, that as a viewer, you are more than vested in because you love and care about the characters.
However, too much attention is given to Lou and Peter's news about their respective job changes as well as Tim's attempts to bribe Amy into using her influence to probe Shane about his feelings as Tim is preparing to engage Miranda in a custody battle. While these are interesting story-lines, they are given too much attention and take up too much valuable screen time that should have been devoted to Ty, Jack, and Amy. All I cared about was getting back to them. I didn't care about Lou and Peter's job issues any more than I did Tim's problems.
By the time Ty is rescued, we are already at the end of the episode. Ty is virtually desperate to see and talk to Amy, and yet there is no moment given to expand upon this. There is no conversation between Ty and Amy, or even between Jack and Ty. Too often episodes of Heartland avoid taking opportunities to go deeper, thus making you feel that the writers and directors are only happy with skimming the surface. In this way, the viewer feels cheated of something that could be thought- provoking, touching, and profound. This are lost moments and opportunities that aren't capitalized upon which turns out to be a real shame.
This isn't a bad episode, but I couldn't help but feel disappointed at something that had a chance to be truly touching and magical and failed to be. It was an episode that had a chance to be truly great but wasn't.
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