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Could Be So Much Better....
on December 30, 2009
If you're as big a fan of DQMW as I am, then you'll end up having to get and watch these movies. And they are by no means a complete loss! The actors do a great job with what they're given, and the scenery is beautiful, and we get to watch many of our favorite characters for about four hours.
So why only 3 stars? Not as good as the series, that's why.
The first movie (Revolutions) doesn't feel like Dr. Quinn--it's much more gritty western. On the positive side, we get to see some of the townsfolk. When young Katie is kidnapped, Jake, Horace, Robert E., and Cloud Dancing join Sully, Dr. Mike, and Brian on the rescue party. On the downside, we see nothing of Matthew or Hank, and the music isn't at all the same as the Dr. Quinn series, and some continuity elements just don't line up. Where's Jake's wife, Teresa (and the children we hoped they'd have?) What about the baby Grace & Robert E. were expecting by the end of the series? If you like your DQMW for action/adventure, you'll probably like this, but if you like your characters deeply explored, it will leave you wanting.
The second movie (The Heart Within, on the positive side, better uses the characters and remembers the histories, with only a few major glitches. The music is back, as is Beth Sullivan as a writer, all of which are good things. On the downside, we see NOTHING of the townsfolk, as the entirety of the action is in Boston. And those glitches? Andrew's parents, whom we learned in the last episode of the series were dead, are alive and well with no mention of the discrepancy and, again, Matthew is wholly missing. The ending bothered me too, so here comes the spoiler warning:
SPOILER: By the end of the movie, Colleen, Andrew, and Brian are all settled in Boston. The final shot is of Dr. Mike in the train going back to Colorado, with Sully and Katie, a tear trickling down her cheek. Seriously? Why couldn't Brian and the Drs. Cook get jobs at least in Denver, where they would also be needed?