S02E01 "Being Dr. Tom" - heads up for the writers, yay!

One of my most awaited fall premieres. And I am glad to say it didn't disappoint me even a notch. And even more than that - it kept me open-mouthed at the edge of my seat right till the end.


Second seasons takes off right where the first one finished. As awaited, Erica refuses to continue her therapy sessions. And, seriously, all the ones who saw Dr. Naadiah and her cold office wouldn't blame her. But in order to stop the sessions Erica has to pay her debt by helping someone. It is only fair considering that this someone is no other than our Dr. Tom who used to be..well, a man with issues. In this episode we do not only discover Dr.Tom's problemed past but we also get to know that there are other people around Erica who visit simmilar therapy sessions only with other therapists. And considering that,I guess, soon everything will become even more twisted.

Some reviews I read stated that show is taking us in a new direction but, in my opinion, it's not a new direction we see here - it's a new layer which obviously has at least another one beneath it.

Actually reminds me of some Joss Whedon creations - what at first seems silly premise turns into something much deeper and you find yourself fascinated by the depth of a subject which only one season ago seemed totally one-dimensional.

What used to be a light comedy with a little "fantasy" element in it is promissing to be something a lot deeper.

"I'm your guardian angel." says Erica to Tom Wexlar.

"So, where have you been all these years?" is his bitter retort.

I just loved the way Dr. Tom was pictured in this episode. Often we see those stereotypical "wise guys" in movies and shows. It seems like they have everything figured out in their own life and know answers to all the questions in the world. And rarely, very rarely we see the human side of the "wise man" because by the laws of cinematography it will destroy the magic. "Being Erica" reminds us that "wise men" are people too by mentally stripping Dr.Tom in front of Erica and us - viewers. And I thank this show for that, as well as I thank it for qouting A. Einstein

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

Because this is true even when you're so messed up that you're about to jump off the roof.

Dealing with time traveling "Being Erica" tries to answer the question whether your past actions affect who you are, and if they do, can you change yourself and your life by making minor corrections. After watching this show it's like you get a strong feeling that every action is a brick which you can use whether to build a steady road or to construct a horrible wall of regrets which unlike Erica you won't be able to fix.

P.S.Besides all that philosophical stuff, there were also moments that got me giggling.

First, Erica gets to edit a "Sex book" (wonder, how that's gonna turn out).

Second, Jullianne dancing in a Coyote Bar (who would have thought she'had it in her^^)


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Oct 26, 2009 1:27PM EDT

I really liked your post, i see it the same way - and jullianne dancing in a coyote bar - OMG!i also really liked that Dr. Tom has another side to him , that he is/wss human - i SO do want to know what he is now - dead? alive? kind of an angel/guardian thing? Maybe he became a psychologist to redeem himself, so he can move on - but that would a bit easy i think .. :P

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