Virgin River

Virgin River

TV-14

netflix

A conservative small town drama with a romance passing through

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Drama
2019
Alexandra Breckenridge, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Colin Lawrence
45 min

TLDR

I’m genuinely surprised this isn’t made by Hallmark.

What it's about

A grieving nurse moves to the small town of Virgin River in hopes of a fresh start.

The take

There’s a faint mystery vibe to this that serves as a surprising hook. The atmosphere-setting is top notch, with the small county, the deteriorating cabin, and the acoustic soundtrack. It throws you off scene for a bit, washing the cheese off a meet cute, but the safety of the show reveals itself soon enough. The narratives that eventually unfold always leave room for intrigue, but the pace it goes at is not the best in the early going. The most interesting part of this whole ordeal is the power dynamic when Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) tries to assert herself to Doc Mullins (Tim Matheson), but the soap opera tropes — abandoned babies, cheesy flashbacks, et al — are predictably what the show chooses to focus on.

What stands out

Mel is low-key frustrating as hell.

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