Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Saving Grace—Bless Me Father, for I Have Sinned

After a remarkably weak beginning, this week's episode grew into another enjoyable hour. Throwing priests in Grace's path--one of whom is her brother, whom we've already met--made the questions of faith far too texty rather than subtexy, at least in the beginning. As the story progressed, the presentation became more subtle, though it was still anvilicious at points. I do like the fact that Earl doesn't seem to be locked into a Christian belief system. His confession to Grace's brother was very nicely done. I also liked that Grace's brother the Father apparently has a checkered past with Rhetta (Laura San Giacomo). In any case, the murder mystery part of the plot seemed more certain of itself. It seems like the show just hasn't quite figured itself out yet. As long as it stays entertaining in its quest to find itself, though, I'll keep tuning in.

In other notes, we had the return of the Jesus cow, and I just noticed that Bailey Chase, late of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is one of Grace's fellow police officers—the third leg of last week's love triangle, in fact.

Saving Grace - Saving Grace, Season 1