Monday, September 7, 2015

4 Reasons Why I Loved Jack & Bobby, and You Might Too

It's me again! Okay, do you remember my collaboration post with Mirriam that began with "One of the sad things about loving stories, is sometimes… they don't go on as long as you'd hope."? Because that is the case with the awesome topic of this post as well.

Jack & Bobby was another show shut down after one fabulous and intense season. So, what was this short lived wonder? Simple… at heart, it was about two brothers. But it was more than that, it was an intelligent "documentary style" drama about a teenager that would grow up to be the 51st President!

It ran from September 12th, 2004-May 11th, 2005… and let me tell ya, I've missed it ever since! Especially since, to my horror, it was never put on DVD. But luckily it's on iTunes, and I have the whole series. Whew! Anyway… the stars of the show were Christine Lahti (the mom), Matt Long (Jack), and a young Logan Lerman (as Bobby). The rest of the cast was great as well, and as for the creative team? The person at the helm was also responsible for some of my other favorites around then and even now! Who was that? Greg Berlanti, writer and/or producer of Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Arrow, and The Flash. Between those actors and Mr. Berlanti, how could you go wrong? You can't… that's what.

I might not have agreed with everything said or done on it, but I still adored it. And… sometimes I wonder if you all would too.

Some of the reasons I loved it so?

  1. Bobby had asthma
Although it stunk for him, it was nice for me, in that I could relate. We all like to be understood. Which leads me to…
  1. I like that the boys fought.
No sibling pair (especially that is somewhat close in age, and of the same gender) is perfect, and gets along 100% of the time. It reminded me of me and my sister… you say and do some things you regret, but when it matters, you always have each other's back.
  1. The Writing
Not that I don't love the writing on most shows, I do. But shows like this (Jack & Bobby), Everwood, and Sherlock make me really happy; because they aren't afraid to really delve into the human heart and mind. They're not afraid to be intelligent, and sometimes over your head. I feel smarter watching shows like that… they also make me want to learn more. (Even about things I already know somewhat about.)
  1. Speaking of the writing, you've got quotes like these:
  • "Grace used to say, 'Jack and Bobby were like two sides of one coin. Without Bobby, Jack might never have learned compassion. Without Jack, Bobby might never have gained strength.'"
  • "He saw some dark hours during his presidency. And it was in those times, he used to say… 'The wrong brother became president'."
  • "Is sarcasm your only mode now, Jack? I mean, I know you're only a teenager, but it might be time to mix things up a bit."
  • "I’m afraid, Jack." "Don't be. Let's go."
  • "The more I become a part of history, the more I realize it's already written."

I'm not sure how much more I could say without totally ruining it. But I will say, that I hope you give it a chance. Thanks for reading another of my rambles about a much loved story!

The Intro (trailer?) from its opening night…


Rating, on my scale: PG-13 or higher, because of language and some other elements. View at your own discretion.

 So, did any of you see this show when it aired, or find it later? What did you think of it?


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