VIRGIN RIVER was another whirlwind of emotional highs and lows. It was a better season filled with stories that took us on entertaining twists and turns. It felt like the writers took us back to what was at the core of this romcom soap box show. It’s all about the love between couples and the community. 

VIRGIN RIVER boasts a huge ensemble filled with talented, creative actors. The location shots and cinematography are breathtaking. Anyone would be a fool not to want to visit this spectacular area in California. There is no denying how captivating the townsfolk and scenery work perfectly together to create a slower pace of everyday living, yet still fraught with one “crisis” after another. 

Heavy plot lines were tackled among the gentle flow of the VIRGIN RIVER. These included a raging forest fire, infertility, drugs, money laundering, breakups, finding new love at any age, health problems, Mayor issues, and working as a unified group no matter what. I guess this is the norm everywhere, and indeed, it offers a plethora of exciting episodes. 

At the center of this series is always the love between Mel ( Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson). These two give us the foundation for all the other tales to bounce off. They share the insight and stability that keeps VIRGIN RIVER forever moving forward. Their chemistry together is mushy and sappy but still feels authentic. Who wouldn’t want a “Jack” or a “Mel” having your back every day and holding your hand? The actors make it look easy and totally believable. 

VIRGIN RIVER ended with another cliffhanger hinting at a Holiday extra installment. I hope so. It has been renewed for another season, so no matter what, life along VIRGIN RIVER will continue indefinitely. It 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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