***SPOILERS*** and ***Possible (brief) Trigger Warning***
Do not read unless you have watched all 16 episodes, or you do not care if things are “spoiled”. Honestly, I have to say if that’s the case, you should actually stop reading and go watch the episodes on ABC On Demand or Hulu right now…
I’ve been spending the last several days trying to figure out just how to express what this new TV series means to me and why. There were 16 episodes in the first season (hoping and praying it’s not the last!), but it only took me one or two episodes to completely fall in love with the show and its characters.
If you have read my blogs, you are most likely somewhat aware of what the TV show Supernatural means to me and how much it has helped me in the last 5 months. I have yet to fully express my thoughts and feelings on Supernatural and its characters, as well as the cast and crew. I swear, I will be able to get the majority of that down and published someday. It’s just so powerful and there is so much to say.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World should be a little easier for me to write about because there is only 16 episodes (so far – knock on wood!) If you have not heard of the show or do not know what it is about, the below is the premise from http://abc.go.com/shows/kevin-probably-saves-the-world/about-the-show
“Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish, and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy—in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission… saving the world. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, is a unique one-hour drama, filled with hope, heart and a good dose of irreverent humor.
On a dangerous path of despair, Kevin returns to his childhood home in Texas to crash with his widowed twin sister, Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), and teenaged niece, Reese (Chloe East). It is a strained homecoming—he and his family have grown apart over the years—and Kevin has no real hope that anything will get better. But a series of fantastic events, including a meteorite landing near the house, lead Kevin to meet an unlikely celestial guide, Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory). Yvette delivers incredible news to Kevin: in every generation, there are 36 righteous souls on Earth whose mere existence protects the word. Kevin, she tells him, is the last of the 36 righteous. Humanity has been thrown into crisis. Without the 36, the world will begin to lose the one thing that allows us to persevere through the ups and downs of life: hope.
Now Kevin has a mission, whether he wants it or not: “power up” his soul through acts of kindness and selflessness, so that he can eventually find and anoint a new generation of righteous. Yvette will serve as his protector and teacher, a drill sergeant with divine authority, even if she’s the least angel-like person he’s ever met.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time, The Astronaut Wives Club) as Amy Cabrera, Kimberly Hébert Gregory (HBO’s Vice Principals) as Yvette, Chloe East as Reese Cabrera, J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell, Dustin Ybarra as Tyler Medina and India de Beaufort as Kristin Allen.”
I saw the previews for the show before it premiered, and I thought it looked pretty cool. One evening, I was bored and flipping through channels. Nothing was on so I checked “On Demand” and saw that the first episode of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World that originally aired 10/03/17 was available. I watched it and I loved it. About a week later, I watched the 2nd episode (original airdate 10/10/17) on demand, as well. I was hooked. Long story short, a few days later is when I decided to check out Supernatural on Netflix. That was pretty much all I watched for 3 months since I had 12 ½ seasons to catch up on before the midseason premier. Because of this, Kevin was placed on the backburner.
A few weeks ago, I was on Twitter and saw Samantha Smith (Mary Winchester from Supernatural) tweet about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. That reminded me I still had some episodes that needed watching. I caught up on the rest of the 16 episodes just the other day and now, of course, I want to watch all of the episodes again…and again… I loved it so much. The humor, the heart, the dialogue, the characters, the relationships, the feel of it, the point of it, all of it just coalesced into one ginormous ball of warm, soft, mushy, wonderful goo that enveloped me. I felt so good every time I watched the show.
Let’s get the first thing that spoke to me out of the way. Kevin was going back to his family home in a small town in Texas to stay with his twin sister. He was leaving New York because he had recently attempted to kill himself. He had lost his job and the relationship he had with his girlfriend had dissolved. He felt as many of us have felt in our lives. He felt alone and hopeless. I, personally, have not felt suicidal in over 20 years, but I do suffer from depression and anxiety. I do still sometimes feel alone and hopeless.
Another thing that felt so familiar to me was the banter between Kevin and his niece, Reese. It’s very similar to the way my nieces and nephews and I speak to each other at times. It’s an annoying, but friendly ribbing. It’s teasing and taunting and Kevin and Reese are naturals. I love how Kevin has helped Reese to open up some after her father was killed. I enjoy watching their interactions as their relationship blossoms.
Yvette is the celestial being that enters Kevin’s life and turns it upside down (or right side up, if you look at it from a certain point of view). She appears so strong and confident in the first episodes, but she starts to have doubts and becomes somewhat insecure and tries to hide anything that could make her seem human from Kevin.
Kristin is the beautiful and caring former high school sweetheart of our “hero”, Kevin. I can’t tell you how much I adore her dimples and her sweet smile. I hurt so bad for her while her mother was dying and became so proud of her strength after she passed.
Tyler is Kevin’s long-time friend. Tyler is the sweetest, purest, most innocent soul around. He definitely has rose-colored glasses and always sees the good in everyone he meets. He is so beautiful inside and out. I was devastated and sobbed so much when their friendship ended (temporarily, thank goodness!)
Amy is Kevin’s sister. She is a widow who is not ready to move on when the show starts, but she slowly emerges and becomes more social and even has some fun with Kevin for a change! She had been the “good girl” in school while Kevin was very much the “bad boy” and now she has loosened up some and is embracing life and another chance for love with Nate – another old school friend who is divorced and has had a crush on Amy since they were young.
The absurd and witty dialogue, the endearing humanity seen in each character, the beautiful settings and stories, the kindness and compassion and the comic pratfalls and just overall klutziness of Kevin – it all increases my enjoyment of this show.
Jason Ritter is a wonderful actor and is so adorable and funny in his own right and I am sure he gets this all the time, but…I cannot help but see some of his father (the late, great John Ritter) in his face, his physicality, his humor, his acting and his demeaner. I grew up watching and laughing at/with Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and I am so excited to see his son in such a wonderful and hilarious show, as well. I honestly cannot say enough good things about the writing, acting, characters, cast and crew who have created this amazing masterpiece so I will stop babbling…otherwise we could go on like this all day.
In short, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World makes me believe. It makes me believe that people can change, that everyone has the capacity to do good and be a better person than they were. That people who feel alone and hopeless can find themselves surrounded by love and faith and feel better about themselves and others. It also makes me have hope and faith in humanity and in the future. This show has such a powerful message and the message is communicated in such a way that makes it incredibly real as well as incredibly entertaining. In this world, at this time, we need more of this. We need more kindness and love, more light and laughter. We need more Kevin. I need more Kevin.
If you have actually read this whole thing, thank you. Thank you for making me feel like I count, that my voice and thoughts might really mean something to someone. ❤ Also, if you have not done so, can you please watch the show? If you enjoy it even a fraction of the amount that I do, please recommend it to everyone you know. Make sure everyone knows to let ABC know that this is a show they need to keep. We need more seasons of this miracle. All of us could use a little more love and laughter and light in our lives. Thank you.
Oh! One last thing…for those who already know and love Kevin (Probably), you may understand why I needed to buy this clock while we were at Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO over the weekend…lol. My favorite color is purple and I love fairies, but there was just something else about this clock that shouted “Buy Me!!!!”. 😉