December 1, 2023

Later this week, Netflix is ready to debut the primary 10 episodes of Virgin River Season 5, with two extra vacation episodes that may shut out the season coming on the finish of November. And, for the lifetime of me, I can’t actually work out why.

Having 5 seasons underneath its belt already places Virgin River — a few group of characters in a picturesque small city in California — in rare-enough firm. What’s extra, this collection based mostly on the novels by Robyn Carr additionally has a sixth season that’s been ordered, becoming a member of different reveals from the streamer like The Crown and Peaky Blinders which can be additionally within the 6-season membership. For comparability, six seasons can also be thrice as a lot TV as Netflix gave a franchise like Warrior Nun, which has a way more hardcore and devoted fanbase — a lot in order that their marketing campaign to avoid wasting the present after Netflix canceled it has resulted in an upcoming film trilogy.

Zibby Allen as Brie and Colin Lawrence as Preacher in episode 501 of “Virgin River.” Picture supply: Netflix

I point out the Warrior Nun franchise as a result of, not less than anecdotally, I hardly ever come throughout anybody on-line or offline who raves about Virgin River to the extent I really feel such as you’d count on for a present that’s lasted this lengthy. What’s extra, I’m equally puzzled after digging into the Rotten Tomatoes viewers opinions for the latest season of the present, which proceed to depart me scratching my head over the present’s improbably longevity. “Worst season ever,” one reviewer laments. “Cleaning soap with out bubbles.” Provides one other: “Too many characters with too many issues,” and nonetheless one other — “Sorry, however this present is a collection of Lifetime Motion pictures episodes.”

We’ll see if the viewership continues to be round subsequent week when Netflix releases its weekly international knowledge dump showcasing the largest new collection all over the world. Sept. 7 marks the debut on Netflix of Season 5 of Virgin River, which guarantees extra romance, in addition to “paternity drama, rural drug kingpins, and normal small-town theatrics,” to not point out an enormous wildfire threatening the city. Continues Netflix’s description of what’s in retailer for followers: “Problems with motherhood push Mel to make a giant determination about her future on the clinic whereas her being pregnant unexpectedly sparks an emotional connection to her previous.

“To additional show himself to Mel, Jack squares off with some long-overdue confrontations — along with his personal demons, and naturally, with Charmaine. And as Doc and Hope’s respective impairments throw their identities into query, the physician and the mayor should discover solace of their group, of their younger new household, and in one another.”

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Sarah Dugdale as Lizzie and Kai Bradbury as Denny in episode 505 of Virgin River. Picture supply: Netflix

As I famous in a put up over the weekend, I can actually think about the attraction of a present like Virgin River (which, by the best way, additionally has a brand new showrunner for Season 5). It’s not an outline of actual life, however relatively a small-screen simulacrum of a sure sort of heat and fuzzy small city, with characters that embody the city mayor, the native physician, the bar proprietor, nurse practitioner, and too many others to record right here. It’s one thing good to flee to, I suppose — that’s my guess, at any charge, as to the draw of a present that’s nonetheless obtained sufficient viewership for Netflix to maintain it going this lengthy.