Felicity, TV (DVD box set)
I just finished watching the last episode, whilst fighting back tears. I think if any other song (but “I will remember you”) was chosen to end the series, I would’ve been okay.
…holding it together…
I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since this show was on television! It remains to be nothing short of pure awesomeness.
The gist is this:
Felicity just graduated high school, and follows her crush across country to college.
Okay. I have to write about this in more detail, because I love the show & all the characters too much not to.
BEWARE! Many spoilers ahead…
I’m so glad my Husband bought me this DVD set! This show just never gets old.
I watched Felicity every week it was on TV. This is the second time I watched the DVD’s from beginning to end, and I was easily swept back into the “coming of age” story. I often find myself talking at the television, and shaking my head at the very bad, but realistic decisions that Felicity makes.
It’s fun, funny, and such a joyful experience every time I watch, even though I already know what’s going to happen.
A few of my favorite lines/scenes from the show:
- When Felicity & Noel are playing Boggle, and start making out on the floor. Meghan (Felicity’s dorm roommate, who’s like Felicity’s polar opposite), comes in and catches them. They are both flustered, because Noel is a R.A., and R.A.’s aren’t suppose to get “involved” with their advisees. Felicity is one of his advisees. So…Noel leaves, followed soon by Meghan, but before Meghan goes, she tell Felicity (with such a priceless expression on her face), “You just went up…like, a notch!” Bwahahaha!
I love Meghan!
- Whenever Javier calls Ben, Benjamin!.
Or, when he says “crunch”, instead of “crush”. As in, “He has a major crunch on me.”
My all-time favorite Javier scene is when he meets Felicity’s mom for the first time. Hilarious!!! He hugs her for an awkwardly long time, saying that Felicity is an angel & he’s “SO emotional”, and finally introduces himself as Javier, Felicity’s manager (at the coffee shop where she works). LOL
- Whenever Ben greets Felicity. It’s always…“Hey”, in this like whispered tone.
- Whenever anyone greets anyone. It’s usually with, “Hey”.
It’s a normal, everyday greeting but, when you watch episodes back-to-back…the plethora of “Hey’s'” are comedy.
- Elena gets married to Tracy, but her Dad doesn’t walk her down the aisle? He’s not even at the wedding. What?! Did her father even know she was engaged?!
- Elena dies, but magically comes to life & shows up at Noel’s wedding? What?!!!
I’m sure there are more, but none come to mind right now.
I didn’t really watch most of the DVD extras, until now. The extras on the last disk explain “Elena’s resurrection”, and how the show was supposed to end at episode 17, when Felicity graduates college. All 3 times, I watched that episode I thought, Yes, that is like the perfect ending! When Ben comes to Palo Alto & professes to Felicity that she was right, and it was “his turn” to follow her. swoon!
…and the expression on her face. tear!
I love this couple!!!
And yet…I “semi-wanted” Felicity to end up with Noel.
Why couldn’t she just have them both?!…
Who could ever make that decision?!?…
When they extended the show with 5 additional episodes after Felicity graduates, it felt satisfying to see her choose Noel instead of Ben (in the time-traveled/alternate universe).
Why did it have to crush “Benjamin” so much?!…
This, in turn, made it so much harder for Felicity to be happy with her new decision, and for us as viewers, to feel happiness for her.
That does not mean, that these episodes were not fulfilling. They were!
The flashbacks, and bringing back Julie, and Hannah, were all very nice. Not to mention, Ben’s “playful, you know you still want me” scenes (after Felicity dumps him for Noel), are just fun to watch.
Ben & Noel joining forces in this sort of “united concern” when they thought Felicity had psychosis, was also awesome to see.
I also thought that Keri Russell tapped into her character’s “freshman year angst” perfectly, with her emotion & superb facial expressions…just fantastic acting!!! Even though, the show was originally planned to end when Felicity graduated college, you really feel like the “full circle” is coming to a close in these extra episodes.
As a fan, you just don’t want “your show” to end. The extra episodes are like a bonus because, you get to see all your favorite characters, for just a little while longer.
Either way, the writers did a great job developing the “time-travel” story. I loved it!
In the DVD extras, you also find out how Elena shows up, ALIVE, at Noel’s wedding. LOL If she died before Felicity time-traveled back in time, then, when Felicity travels back to “real-time”, she should still be dead, no?!
Well, the creators explained what happened with that. They had to make some major edits, due to time restraints.
As a designer, it all sounded justifiable. I know what it’s like to be told you have less time to produce something fantastic, but it also has to make sense.
As a viewer & a fan, it was not justified at all. It was unacceptable!
The show was all wrapped up, in a neat little bow, with Noel’s wedding, but quickly unraveled & ripped to shreds when the camera lands on Elena.
The DVD extras also show the deleted scenes of Felicity (in the time-traveled universe, where Elena is still alive) telling Elena to go to Duke, instead of the school that she goes to in the real-time world, where she ends up dying in a car crash.
Later on (in real-time world), Elena is at Noel’s wedding…with Tracy! DUN-DUN-DUNNNNN!!!
Even Felicity is surprised to see her there. LOL
They talk at the reception, and Felicity finds out that Elena & Tracy are engage (many thanks to Felicity), because she was so darn adamant about Elena going to Duke. Elena even shows Felicity the photo, where Felicity wrote on the back, “Go to Duke!!!”. LOL So, Felicity realizes that her time-traveling was real after all.
I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed this show in all it’s super-sweet, sappiness, and wish there was something so darn emotionally enjoyable to watch on TV now.
I guess Modern Family will have to suffice with it’s “heart-warming” ability.
Did you watch Felicity?!
Please share your thoughts & favorite lines/scenes from the show, or moments you thought questionable. 🙂