No middle ground in this melodramatic Netflix continuation

Much to the joy (and occasionally anger) of viewers who have avidly followed Jack (Martin Henderson) and Mel’s narrative, Virgin River has returned to Netflix (Alexandra Breckenridge).

The fourth season builds on the first three by adding 12 more episodes and more drama to provide a binge-worthy affair that doesn’t do anything unique.

After a significant cliffhanger, the new season got off to a promising start. It kept adding layers of plotlines that somehow kept everything in place with little effort. Surprisingly, the series manages to strike a balance between inborn mediocrity and unattainable excellence.

The show is undoubtedly not a masterpiece, but despite that, it is a wholesome pleasure that kept things entertaining for four seasons and 42 episodes.

Virgin River Season 4 review

Virgin River Season 4 review

Virgin River Season 4 review: Binge-worthy drama at its finest

There are many unfavorable things that can be said about Virgin River, but calling the show dull is a gross exaggeration.

The show is a lot of things, but it is never dull. Its singularity lies in the fact that there is no middle ground. It will either be utterly adored or utterly despised by viewers. One can even say that it is hard to dislike it because of its small-town charm, fast-paced plot, and sizzling chemistry.

Like the other seasons, this one is not in any way a masterpiece of cinema. The majority of fans, though, will find it to be an authentic, operatic take on romance.

It is tough to avoid watching the series, as all fans will concur. It switches between plotlines involving several characters, much like in soap operas, however Jack is the main character in this one.

The plots may seem completely absurd on paper, but the writers are not attempting to produce a picture in the style of Ingmar Bergman. The honesty of this show stands out because it acknowledges this reality. Therefore, when the more absurd plotlines do develop, they don’t feel out of place. Instead, they are compelling and incredibly delightful.

Great performances from the main actors, particularly Brie (Zibby Allen), who has been a consistent winner since her arrival a season ago, enhance the premise.

The newcomers Mark Ghanimé and Kai Bradbury carry out their tasks adequately as well, making the intriguing premise worthwhile.

Sadly, some narratives are removed, especially Lizzie’s (Sarah Dugdale) plotline, although in this case, the oversaturated storylines help to mask these minor blunders. These little concealments also heavily involve the technical staff.

Apart from that, Virgin River’s latest season is as as fun as its prior ones, if not more so. It stands out from the pack because to its self-acceptance and honesty, and its soap opera-style makes it ideal for weekend (or weekday) binges.

Virgin River’s complete season is currently available on Netflix to stream.

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