Whatís not to love about Lifetimeís perky Drop Dead Diva?
Brooke Elliott is delightful as usual, as the the season
premiere picks up exactly where the finale left off. Jane is
rushing to the hospital to see about Owen, who has collapsed
on their wedding day, after seeing her and Grayson kissing,
and the real Jane has pushed the return button to come back
to Earth. I just love this show so much, and the season five
premiere is exactly what you have come to expect from Drop
Dead Diva: giddy and frothy; completely without any
self-consciousness; and terribly sincere.
The silliness of this show is so winsome that I am apt to
overlook some things that are distracting for many. For
instance, Jane still has that ridiculous tic when she is
accessing information from the past and the cutesiness is
laid on pretty thick, but if the season opener is any
indication, we are in for some major irony this season. The
premier sets up the exposition for the arc of the rest of
the season, introducing two new, and very attractive
characters. One is the incredibly handsome and hunky, Justin
Deely, playing Janeís new guardian angel who has abs for
days but is short on brains. Hopefully they will utilize
this angel more than the last because he was just a big ball
of missed opportunity. Since his main storyline is to locate
the old Jane, I hope we see more of him.
Although the legal cases are pure accessory to the story,
they are interesting enough to act as filler without us
noticing, yet far-fetched enough to measure up to the Diva
standard, AND they provide a vehicle for us to enjoy the
newly pregnant Kim and the spunky charm of Teri. Jane is
fighting Big Pharma to save a little boy from his cancer and
Kim takes on an explicit website that posts compromising
pictures of women without their consent; it is all so
obviously topical that you pretty much know how it will all
wrap up neatly in the end.
With a surprise ending in the last few minutes of the show,
the fifth season of Drop Dead Diva is surely about to make
some unexpected turns. Charting new territory as a show with
an absolutely unique premise, there are endless
possibilities, and I, for one, am game for them all. Iíll
certainly be watching.
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