Proof 1×03 ‘Showdown’: How to deal with past trauma

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There is one thing I love more in this world than Jennifer Beals gorgeous hair, and that is character development. While this show is still trying to gain its traction and set the basis for (God willing) future seasons, it decided to throw a whole bunch character development on us all at once. Needless to say, this was my favorite episode this season.

Source: TNT

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I’ll go on the record to say that out of all of the things that I keep an open mind to, and hope to believe in, reincarnation is one of the ones I hope for most. I just like the thought that this might not be the first time I’ve ever been on this earth, and it’s fun trying to imagine what I could have been. I love stories, so to think that I may have had dozens of different stories before I got to this life gives me a certain thrill.

And God help me, I hope past lives exist because two people who had such a deep connection in a former life that it affected them in their new one so much that it was almost fated that they would meet is the sweetest thing I ever saw. I have never cried in the third episode of any show, especially when it had zilch to do with the main characters, but I teared up during that last regression. I’m also hoping that we get at least an update from those two men in a future episode because I wondered if they became friends (or more), or drifted away after their past life issue was solved.

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Source: TNT

That wasn’t even the only part that left me breathless either. Finding out that Cat was there right before her son died was terribly sad, and even though she didn’t get thrown into a “past” life, she did get transported to her own past traumatic experience that she obviously has a difficult time finding peace with. I love getting more insights into her life, and not just for sympathy reasons, but her character is still so layered that I love seeing each of her walls getting pulled down, so we can understand her more.

Same goes with Zed too. Yes, he is a lot more affable and lighthearted than Cat, but he’s another one that keeps his feelings close to his chest, and last night we got to see way deep into what he’s truly going through. He has a lot of pressure that he doesn’t want, and doesn’t know how to handle it, and the perfection of tonight’s ending was mind-blowing. The parallel of someone too afraid to say they loved another person next to someone too afraid to say they don’t love a person was astounding, and beautifully done.

All in all, I think I’m completely in love with this show, so you don’t even need to know how excited I am that they’re going to be exploring hell next week.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.

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