Saving Hope Review: Heartless

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Just when I'm ready to give up on Saving Hope, an episode like "Heartsick" comes along. Now I'm scrambling around looking for a time machine to get me to the next episode. STAT.

"Heartsick" was, quite simply, the best episode of the season.

Alex & Dawn Square Off

There wasn't much I didn't love about it. To start, Erika Durance gave her best performance thus far. Alex was vulnerable at exactly the right moments. Seeing her in the scenes with Dawn, begging for Charlie to be kept alive, was heart-wrenching. Her emotion was palpable. I begged for weeks to see emotion from her and tonight and then I got all that I wanted and then some. It was perfect.

We even got emotion from Dawn, a woman I think we all love to hate. It was clear tonight that the decision to stop Charlie's life support isn't one she's made lightly. She still loves him and, in her own way, is doing what she thinks is best for him. She's unable to see how he might've changed since they were married, but she's still making this decision not to hurt Alex or Charlie but because somewhere deep in that icy heart of hers, she cares.

Not unlike the prisoner Charlie helped cross over. Hearing the man tell his heart to forget what it had been told about caring and feeling and then hearing him say how sorry he was was powerful to me for some reason. I was moved by the finality of his coming to terms with what his life had been. Charlie also brings something new to each interaction he has in the in between. For the past several weeks, the spirits have taught Charlie to fight if he wants to live. This week, it was about making peace with what's going to happen eventually.

Joel was just the right balance of selfish jerk and caring doctor tonight. I don't entirely understand how his exclusive relationship with Maggie is even a relationship since they seem more like just friends right now than they did when they were friends with benefits. Maybe he's just really not good at relationships, probably because he's still in love with Alex. Except she didn't let him say that. (You can read that exchange, and others, on the Saving Hope quotes page.)

His selfishness pushed Maggie toward Gavin, and finally, FINALLY, he made a move. Their kiss was maybe the best thing of the night.

But Joel's interaction with his patient was what I found most compelling about the character. Underneath his tough-guy exterior, this is a doctor who wants to help people. Tonight I feel like we caught a glimpse of the doctor Joel was in the Pilot. He tried to help. And still, he wasn't able to fix the man's problem and the man took his own life. To cope, Joel did what he does, which it seems is get himself into trouble. It may very well cost him his job since the punch he threw may have broken his hand.

Saving Hope is taking a short break for the Olympics, but when it comes back, the big question is what's going to happen to Charlie? Did anyone else expect his eyes to pop open in that closing scene? Because I did.

What did you think of "Heartsick" and what are your hopes for the remaining episodes of season 1?


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I love Michael Shanks and won't watch the show without him in it. But the coma needs to be over, and the show has to have more to it than centering around that theme.


I'm with all the people who want Charlie to wake up. Honestly the characters are all awesome but if they drag this out to the point it becomes obvious Charlie won't wake up/die until the finale (which could be a decade from now) I'm not going to stick around - already starting to feel patronized a bit. Also, Charlie is overly calm. He's probably my least favorite character and seems like he almost doesn't care about waking up most of the time. Even with the "psychic" he gave up WAY to easily. Don't want to rant but on the off chance that anybody from the actual show ever peruses the Internet for feedback I thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. I'm hooked - but getting weary of the Charlie plot going nowhere. Agree with everyone else that Heartless was the best yet.


I love this show. Its just getting better and better each episode and the latest one, heartsick, is the best so far. So many emotions. Erica Durance's was great! I hope Charlie will wake up next episode. Pls don't kill him. I really think this show has potential to be great. I just wish they remove the blue light or minimize it at least as it is distracting. I love Michael Shanks. I want to see more of Charlie's and Alex's little snippets of their life before the accident. I like the way they're able to incorporate that in the show. More please!


This is the only show I watch all week, but if they kill off Charlie, I'm done.


I won't watch it if Charlie dies... They should have him cone alive but he can still see and talk to the people who are in between but only in the hospital.....

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I was hoping Charlie's eyes would open, because with him dead I really do not know how the show will continue, I guess he will roam the halls of the hopsital forever trying to help people.


Darn tv froze right after Alex was told "it's time". What happened? Did they disconnect the machine? Did Charlie take in a big breath or open his eyes? Or did they leave all viewers in limbo? I love this show and Alex is a great actress, she showed it tonight.


I hope Charlie is still alive and not stuck in the in-between for the remainder of seasons, helping the people who pass by. I cried like a baby during the ending scene :(


I love this show too, but I think they should do it as a straight hospital show.. have Charlie wake up and then go from there. I am so surprised at how strong this show is and I don't think it needs the twist of "coma husband".
My favourite Canadian show since the 70s!


I sooo wanted his eyes to open too but I think the way they ended was perfect because it will makes want to waot.for it come back. The whole show is built around him being in a coma so if his eyes open then there is no reason to keep the show going. The suspense keeps us hooked. Eric Durance is a great actress. I think they she wasntas developed in her character yet b/c its a new show. That happened in Smallville whenn she joned the show. It took her a few epsiodes to show more.emotion amd she was a great Lois Lane:) This show is the best medical drama to date. Itsalso very accurate medically ive been told so yay:)

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Saving Hope Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Joel: [to Gavin] Right. Her friend.
Gavin: What, don't think men and women can be friends?
Joel: Not really, no.

Joel: Alex, if you need...
Alex: You're gonna be nice. Don't do it.