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Army Wives Season 7 Report Card: B+

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Admittedly, I went into Army Wives Season 7 with very low expectations.

There was a serious debate playing in my head as to whether or not I would even give the seventh season a shot. What a pleasant surprise. By the end of the season we were left with only three original characters to lean on, and yet it felt more like the Army Wives I fell in love with than it had in years.

A Bombing in Afghanistan

The Least Surprising Moment: The death of Claudia Joy came as a surprise to no one, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless. After the complete gutting of the cast during Army Wives Season 6, the realization that Kim Delaney couldn't get her personal issues together to keep Claudia Joy alive hit viewers hard. In return, they got a mini reunion of Roxy, Pamela, Roland and Denise as they all shared time grieving with Michael over the loss of their friend.

Best Episode: It was a tough choice between "From the Ashes" and "Reckoning" but the latter won out due to the realistic depiction of soldiers in action and the way the action propelled the story forward, whereas the former was more of a goodbye to the past. In "Reckoning" we witnessed the harsh realities of war when young Tim Truman saved his entire battalion. That came back later to haunt him and Holly showing the effects of PTSD. It was the best depiction of the other side of the army we had ever seen in Army Wives.

Best New Character: If you read my review of "Brace for Impact" then you know I wasn't exactly gleeful when Kat Young first came to Fort Marshall. I also knew that was a plan set up by the writers and I had fallen into their trap, as I fully expected I would be in love with her by the end of the season. Like a fish, I fell for the bait. As devastating as it was to watch Michael grieve for Claudia Joy, it was just as thrilling to see him fall in love with Kat who was a perfect match for him both mentally and (from the looks of it) physically. They challenge each other and Kat is respectful of his friends and the military.

Worst Episode: "Blowback" seemed like it was going to be the challenge for the people back home as Kevin had just returned to Afghanistan and he, Frank, Joan and Patrick were all within damage distance of bomb that went of on their base. Instead, it was merely a chance for the wives to get together around the couch to chat about how they all met their husbands. Even though it was the worst episode of the season, it still wasn't bad, it just wasn't up to par with the other goodness we had come to expect. 

Biggest surprise: With so many other characters leaving Fort Marshall, I really didn't expect both Joan and Roland to leave. At the very least I thought their marriage would fall apart and Joan would stick around. While that wouldn't have painted her in the best light as a parent, to be left with only Denise, Frank and Michael at the end of the season seemed unfathomable. Yet, Joan made the choice to retire from the army, focus on her family and support Roland's dreams. While it was an admirable decision, it was another great loss for viewers.

Grade: B+. All of the characters felt like family by the time the show ended (far too soon for my taste) on June 9th. That they were able to pull off a complete reboot of a show in it's seventh season while maintaining the heart and soul of it felt like a miracle. Welcome to the Army Wives family Maggie, Latasha, Holly, Kat and all the new extended family members that made this such a success!

Hopes for Season 8: I haven't heard of an official renewal, so that's up first. If ever a show proved it can be refreshed, it's Army Wives. I'm looking forward to getting to know each of the families as a whole now that we've had more time with them individually, and then as friends with their groups. Let's see Fort Marshall events, Kat and Michael interacting with Frank and Denise, people moving on and embracing the challenges that army life throws your way. Gloria, Patrick, Tim, Hector, Jordan, Eddie, Quincy, Jackie and Kevin - they all have stories to share and we want to watch them play out.

Now it's your turn. Grade it!!

 

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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was a huge disappointment! The newer cast members were horrible actors/actresses. The conversations didn't flow, instead it was like they were just reading their lines. The drama turned to teen drama and the lessons and storylines(if that's what you call it) of each episode was so poorly acted out. The lessons were actually stated, rather than assume the audience was intelligent enough to understand. Thank goodness they ended the series because season ruined the overall greatness of Army Wives.

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Army Wives has been a long standing show in my home for the past few years. The topics and conflicts that are presented are real. Not real as in a reality show, but situations that have happened, are happening today in many towns across our great nation. I wish Lifetime would renew this show for two more seasons. The quality programming is rare and realistic. The overdone and always made for reality tv is NOT what consumers want to watch. Please renew. I enjoyed the new cast and their characters background and their family dynamics. Thank you.

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I AM VERY UPSET THAT ARMY WIVES IS NOT BEING RENEWED. I LOOKED FORWARD TO IT EVERY WEEK, AND WILL MISS IT DEARLY. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT IT CAN BE BROUGHT BACK. THE NEW FAMILY AT FT. MARSHALL WERE REALLY BONDING JUST LIKE THE OLD FAMILY. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT OFF THE AIR. THANK YOU

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I enjoyed the new season and getting to know the new people. Things don't always stay the same and they needed new people but will miss the old. I did not like how Rowland bullied Joan into letting her career go and following him. He didn't trust his kids with her! Really! I think they made Rowland a jerk this year. I am also not happy with the way Michael has "grieved" for Claudia Joy! How long has Claudia Joy been dead? After what 2-3 months he is ready to move on. Boy Claudia Joy he really loved you!

Army Wives Quotes

I don't know how to get divorced.

Gloria

I'm not a hero.

Trevor

Army Wives Music

  Song Artist
Tangled up Tangled Up Gareth Dunlop iTunes
Song Pulling on a Line The Great Lake Swimmers iTunes
Bright morning stars Bright Morning Stars Abigail Washburn iTunes