Good Friday, 2010. I'm updating the review below to thank the producers for finally releasing Season @ of Joan of Arcadia. I'm also asking them to release all episodes of Season 3 that were in the can, but never shown.
At the end of Season 2, a Satan or Mephistopheles figure was introduced, and a detailed preview of his havoc in the first episode of Season 3. The preview was detailed enough to show that least one Season 3 episode had been completed. I suspect and hope there are more. Whatever is there, I think we should all ask CBS to please release it. Even if it's only one episode, CBS could make a full release by including it in a batch of many unseen episodes of suddenly canceled shows that, in retrospect, should have been kept. I'd buy it, wouldn't you?
Here's the original review I wrote, demanding release of the second season and praising the show for the incredible gifts it gave and continues to give.
Joan of Arcadia, as many others have noted, engages issues of faith, ethics, and life with intelligence and passion. A few viewers have panned it in comparison with "Touched by an Angel" and "The Waltons," or even on the basis of Ms Tamblyn's looks. The raves, which I am joining, always point out the humor, the excellent writing, the superb acting, the deep engagement that went into each show. I've seen the first season repeatedly, and each time I look, I find new levels of meaning to grip my mind and spirit.
I am also blessed in having many of the Second Seaason's shows on tape. Contrary to the statements of one reviewer, the Second Season actually builds on and widens the spiritual questing charted by the first. The show grows organically, right along with Joan and her family and friends, as they deal with with deeper and often more life-or-death choices. Never has spirituality been made so real on television.
I was truly angry when this show was cancelled. But the refusal to release Season Two is even worse. If it were released, I'd be buying copies not just for myself, but for friends and family. The show is that good, and the network is doubly foolish if it continues to ignore the easy money to be made here.