Sunday, November 20, 2011
by Kelly Bedard
Canada's best show is almost through its fourth (and potentially last) season on the CBC. So before we bid adieu to Being Erica for good, I thought I'd better make a point of catching up with the time-travelling spitfire and her heartfelt wacky adventures. *caution, spoilers ahead*
Season four so far has been pretty up and down. Sam's pregnant so overdramatic, not a good colour on her, but I really like Lennon, her opposite-of-Josh boyfriend, so he's been a calming influence on the strange Strange household. Erica's mother enjoyed a major episode and while I'm generally a fan of the Strange parents, the far-fetched 6os-set story just didn't gel.
On the doctor front things are a lot slower. There's some sort of unbalanced romance thing happening with Doctor Tom that we're supposed to take as a realistic metaphor for his greater flaws- it's mostly falling flat. Though the expansion of Doctor Naadiah's role was a welcome one; our quick tour of her life- house, job, wife, daughter, dog- was pretty sweet and her calm, fuss-less presence has proved crucial next to Tom's skittish unravelling and Erica's anxious energy.
Overall, season four has taken Being Erica's mythology to promising places, and that alone (and the Brent/Julianne awesomeness) is just plain exciting. Here's hoping CBC turns around and gives us an unexpected 5th season when this one comes to a close.