Virgin River. (L to R) Martin Henderson as Jack Sheridan, Alexandra Breckenridge as Mel Monroe in episode 404 of Virgin River. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2022

I did not want VIRGIN RIVER to end. The 4th season of this beloved, fan-favorite show was at its best. 

THE VIRGIN RIVER works so well because of its basic theme. “Everyone is broken in some way.” All of us want to find love, be loved, or feel love. People in general don’t want to live alone. We all yearn for a sense of community that will have our backs and support us no matter what. We need people we can lean on in times of trouble, not to solve our problems, but to just listen. We all need to be heard and seen. VIRGIN RIVER showcases this so well. I would move to this fictitious town in a heartbeat. 

The cinematography is stunning. The series is filmed in Canada and the landscape is featured as another character in the ensemble. Breath-taking shots make you yearn for the outdoors and want to explore the quaint countryside. 

The entire ensemble are strong, amazing actors who have oodles of chemistry together. I truly missed Hope (Annette O’Toole), last season due to the pandemic. Her feisty character is the catalyst that others need to “bounce” off their lines. Doc (Tim Matheson), and Hope work well “together” as total opposites. Their acting strengths show how to “arc” a disagreement with sarcasm, honesty, and always love.

The heart of VIRGIN RIVER rests with Mel (Alexandra Breckinridge), and Jack (Martin Henderson). Their love story is what keeps the fans coming back season after season. The connection between these two actors is undeniable. They both can say more with pausing for a beat or just raising an eyebrow. And when they look into each other’s eyes, bolts of lightning and fireworks continually explode. It is a match made in heaven for all time. Their story line in this series is a loving, extraordinary experience. All of us should be so lucky to have a “Jack” or a “Mel” in our corner every day. Their relationship teaches everyone how to stand the test of time whether we are arguing, loving, or lusting. They make it all seem so easy even when submersed in life’s daily grind and problems. If only it were…

The season of VIRGIN RIVER ended with cliff hangers and an unreal final line of dialogue. I can’t wait for this series to return.  (Season 5 is already being filmed.) I miss them all already. My heart wants to stop in for lunch at Jack’s bar. I will be there when it reopens.

VIRGIN RIVER is available to stream on Netflix. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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