I've been binge watching the show in the evenings over the last few weeks. This show has been a great source of enjoyment for me and a much loved escape from the stress of every day life. And then they decided to suddenly, randomly and callously kill off Patrick's character. At first I thought and prayed it was one of Nina's visions/nightmares. But it kept going. I was in shock, I was angry, I was hurt, I cried more than I care to admit. And then the show that was once a source of great joy in my life suddenly became a source of great misery. I was no longer looking forward to watching it, I no longer enjoyed watching it either. I struggled through and forced myself to watch the fifth season, the first half of which I mostly cried through every time there was a Patrick scene and then I found myself resenting Nina for finally choosing to move on. Overall, definitely not enjoyable, unless you enjoy crying for hours and feeling like you've been kicked in the guts. I understand the actor had to move on and they felt they were too committed to each other to break up again and that it would be too cliché, but did it ever occur to them how this would emotionally affect viewers? At least then, we would be able to give Nina permission to move on, we'd be happy for her. We'd be able to move on ourselves. They were in counselling, so it's not like their relationship was perfect. It would have been believable for them to break up. Surely they could have found a way, any other way to cut the character that wouldn't be so hard on viewers. On that note, I felt it was really cruel and unconscionable of the writers to kill off Patrick a mere week before he was going to meet his child when he had experienced a still birth previously. Like he didn't have the right to ever experience being a father. And leaving Nina, the woman who had brought so many other women's children into the world who had their husbands by their sides was not given that same right. She was to bring her child into the world without her partner and the father of her child by her side. Just really low. If they were going to kill him off, why not do it after the child is born, give him the chance to at least meet her! No, I'm not happy with what they did to Patrick and frankly, the show will never be the same now. His death has immortalised him as the perfect partner for Nina, her "great love" and no one will ever measure up, when their relationship was far from perfect and it could have just run its natural course and we could have followed Nina's life onwards and upwards, while being allowed to be happy for her, without being left to permanently wallow in grief and sadness. Not to mention the fact that this show was a comedy and I certainly won't be laughing anymore. Really great move, not. I will be enjoying this show no more. On to the next one!
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