The POstables are on a mission to deliver a soldier's letter from Afghanistan to a teenager who's being relentlessly bullied, while Oliver's estranged father surprises him with news that shakes him to his core.
The DLO postals give testimony before a closed Congressional committee regarding an American soldier missing in action and presumed dead whose daughter they met previously. At the same time... See full summary »
When the beloved quartet of postal detectives- Oliver (Mabius), Shane (Booth), Rita (Lowe) and Norman (Gustafson)-discover an urgent letter written to God, they delay their own travel plans... See full summary »
A woman requests a letter to her ex be retrieved because it contains a valuable lottery ticket. Meanwhile Oliver and Shane struggle to navigate their new romance; and Norman and Rita encounter a rough patch in their relationship.
The Postables take a road trip in an old Winnebago in order to track down a small boy who they fear may have been kidnapped. The discovery of a 1980's era instant camera and the unusual ... See full summary »
The "Dead Letter Office" stamp on Oliver's letter to Holly is as washed out as the rest of the address, but the letter would have been stamped after it was recovered. That stamp should be fresh and clear. See more »
How long have you been here?
Hour and a half. Would have been less, but I had to stop to explain to a couple of police officers why I was installing a porch swing at 2 a.m.
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Nice - But Not As Good As Previous Episodes & Films
I was looking forward to this episode in the Signed Sealed Delivered series as soon as I read the title, "From Paris With Love" ... at last Oliver will have to deal with his estranged wife and their future together... or not!
I was right, but I was so wrong.
There are three stories in this movie, not only does Oliver (Eric Mabius) have to choose his future but his and his wife Holly's outcome affects Shane (Kristin Booth) in a way that she had perfidiously told herself wasn't real; so she has to face up to the truth of her feelings. Them there's the story of a husband and wife going through tough times and whose marriage was on the rocks. Could trouble be waiting around the corner when The Postables deliver the divorce papers he signed years earlier?
There's quite a bit to be resolved in this episode and though the creator Martha Williamson wrote the story with Brandi Harkonen (both have strong stories in the TV series, and Williamson's were always the best of the bunch) this film feels as flat as Lassie - run over by a Steamroller. I even found one of the characters rather irksome. Holly O'Toole (played by Poppy Montgomery) is a very two-dimensional character when compared to all the others in the cast. Though I am uncertain if this is the writers' or director's fault or their vision of the character or that Montgomery couldn't portray the character correctly.
Then there's the plainly obvious fact that there's NO chemistry between Holly and Oliver. This is as shame as it would have added an interesting dynamic to the story.
I wouldn't believe it could have been either the writers' fault or the director's because of the strength of previous stories, however, the story of the husband and wife isn't as deep or as strong as it should have been. We, the audience, should have felt for them as we have felt for previous dead letter receivers. Except for this time, instead of this being the main story it actually feels more like an aside, it's told and resolved so fast that no drama or tension is created. This in itself is highly unusual for the series.
So with just these three problems the usually happy and warm atmosphere is quite diminished and verges on nonexistent. Thank god for Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) as they keep this atmosphere ticking over. Poor Norman may have an opponent in the affections for Rita, in the shape and sound of heavily accented Ramon Rodriguez (joyously portrayed by Zak Santiago who keeps the character teetering on the edge of over-the-top).
So I will hope that this movie is the exception to the rule and hope and pray that the next instalment will have me smiling with joy, through the tears.
If you've watched the other episodes then give this a watch to tie-up loose ends. Though if you've not watched any then I'd stay clear of this one until you've caught up. It's not really a stand-alone episode, and not reflective of how good the series is.
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