Netflix’s “Virgin River” defies expectations

January 9, 2020

Wow. To say I was surprised is an understatement. 

I started watching “Virgin River,” the Netflix original tv show, thinking it was going to be an overly cheesy cliche rom-com, but boy was I wrong.

Right off the bat, I was hooked. A nurse with a troubled past leaves everything behind and runs to a small town in northern California to escape her demons. From the start she was left feeling lost and alone in a place no one wanted her, but as the season goes on and bonds are formed between the people of the town and the new girl, it becomes home to the runaway nurse.

Alexandra Breckenridge — who portrays the lost soul of the damaged nurse Mel — brilliantly and truly connects with her love interest, Jack, played by Martin Henderson.

I loved how instead of Mel being the cliche city girl turned country chick (although there was a little of that), she was a woman with a tragic past who was willing to do anything for her family and was strong enough to face her pain and still find good in others. It was very “go feminism” and I approved 100%.

Each episode had me hooked until I looked at the clock and realized I’d spent my entire Saturday binge-watching the first season and finished the entire thing in one day.

I’ll definitely be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next season to release — especially after the cliffhanger at the end. 

With all the loose ends still needing to be tied up, I really hope the next season comes out soon because I am not-so-patiently waiting to find out what happens next in this insane roller coaster of a TV show.

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