The 4400: Blink
(S03E08) A friend and I were talking about a third woman, one who's involved with a volunteer organization. "I want my donation to be therapy for her!" said the friend. This week's episode of The 4400 opens that delicious possibility: the ability to force therapy onto someone. Oh, were it only true! I totally would have stolen that lady's herbs, too.
As it turns out, the therapy isn't always beneficent. Three people commit suicide at the opening of the show, haunted too cruelly by figures from their past. This sends Tom and Diana into a quest to find the source of the hallucinations -- a brand-new street drug called "Blink" -- and quash their own demons, personified by Tom's dead father and Diana's old fiancé.
Speaking of fiancés. The plot took its most delicious turn yet.
Am I the only one, here, or do you totally want Isabelle and Shawn to get married, too? As I mentioned two weeks ago, the tide in me is turning toward loving Isabelle. I'm no longer bothered by her blink-blink-I'm-innocent acting style and the conflicting characterization given her by the writing team. Instead, I'm enamored. And as she foists herself onto Shawn -- "think of it as an arranged marriage!" she says brightly shortly before announcing the reluctant engagement to the world -- I'm cheering for the union.
Could this be the same woman who sobbed real tears the first five times she watched that "true love" scene in The Princess Bride? [Oh how I love that movie.]
Yes. I'm cheering for a marriage of convenience. If you can call it "convenience" when, as Isabelle asserts, the fate of the entire world rests on Shawn's ability to keep Isabelle's evil side in check.
And as I remember the final scene between the two of them, chills shudder through my body even though it's set to be another day of record heat here. "Now are we going to get married?" she asks after Shawn tries, with blinding unsuccess, to kill her in her sleep.
Ooohhhhhhhhh ... I love it.
[And I know you all want to talk about Diana leaving Marco. I'm just going to let you take it from here. What do you think?]