We finished the second and final season of Joan of Arcadia yesterday. For those of you counting at home, that means we whipped through the 23 Season 1 episodes and 22 Season 2 episodes in exactly 22 days. One of the things I like about the series is that it avoids the typical pitfalls associated with dramas that explore faith and humanity. Within the show, as in real life, faith leads to questions, doubts and realizations, but never easy answers.
One of my favorite moments comes near the end of its run, in the “Common Thread” installment. God commands Joan to return to knitting, a hobby she stopped when she was a kid. As always, there’s far more to the episode than just that; we don’t just see Joan casting on, stitching and purling for the next 40+ minutes. I’ll skip the rest of the story, however, to the moment in question, when Joan gently rebuffs her folks, who are trying to ease her guilt regarding a bad decision made by her former boyfriend, Adam. “I mean, we’re all connected like the scarf. One piece of yarn, if you cut it up into little pieces, it’s useless. You can’t make anything out of it. I am responsible, partly. We all are…for everything that we touch and everything that touches us.”
It’s never us vs. them, as much as we sometimes wish it so. It’s us vs. us.
And, with that, here’s today’s Top 5: Of Questions & Faith (aka Joan of Arcadia, Part II)…
1) Kasey Chambers – “Abraham”
2) Van Morrison – “When Will I Ever Learn to Walk in God”
3) Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – “Into My Arms”
4) Bruce Springsteen – “Rocky Ground”
5) Paul Weller – “Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)”
And two bonuses…
6) Natalie Merchant – “I May Know the Word”
7) Maria McKee and Bryan MacLean – “Sweet Dr. Jesus”