The wonderful thing is that White wants you to think in these existential terms. He has crafted opening and closing monologues for most episodes that are achingly gorgeous works of art; introspective and sad, rueful and wise. White dares to have Amy consider truly Big things about the nature of existence, about who we are in these bodies and these minds. I cannot think of another television show, and really only a few scattered movies, that goes so bravely and truthfully to the heart of human matter like Enlightened does. It’s startling when you first connect with it, as if someone finally responded to a signal that you’ve been sending out into space for years and years. I know that probably sounds a bit melodramatic, but Enlightened provokes that depth of feeling. I would hug the show if I could, even though it is often so sad, even though the world it depicts is not necessarily a friendly one. It’s our world nonetheless, and I’m grateful to the show for engaging with it with such graceful and delicate honesty.
Told ya Enlightened was grand….mwahahaha! 😉
Seriously though – watching this show has been a transformative experience for me. Beyond the artistry….it has soul.
Did you mention it before? I must have forgotten, although I did post something months ago from Salon about it (before I had seen it).
It’s been transformative for me too. I’d been feeling many things along the same lines before I watched it, especially with this time off I’ve had, so it really resonated.