Miracles: Season 1

John D’Amico reviews Miracles: Season 1 on DVD. In his words, “simply put, Miracles is one of the best shows I have ever seen.
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MiraclesSkeet Ulrich plays the brooding, conflicted Paul Callan, an investigator of miracles for the Catholic church, who is involved in a car crash in which the words GOD IS NOW HERE form out of his own blood. He finds himself involved in the small group Sodalitas Quaerito, which investigates such phenomena. What he experienced has happened before, except the message usually read something much different… GOD IS NOWHERE.

Simply put, Miracles is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Not surprisingly, due to Fox’s haywire scheduling and the ratings-draw of the Iraq War, it was cancelled after only 6 aired episodes, with a total of 13 filmed. Because of this miniscule oeuvre, Miracles is afforded, albeit unfortunately, the rare luxury of not having a single bad episode.

MiraclesLike all great shows, Miracles’ most captivating asset is the combination of well-written characters and talented actors. Ulrich is our anchor, and his sad bewilderment sets the tone perfectly. Angus MacFayden’s Alva Keel is the scholarly role, at times even more somber than Ulrich. And when Alva and Paul seem to try to out-brood the other, it is Marisa Ramirez’s Evelyn Santos, a beautiful and benevolent ex-cop who lightens the mood.

Due to the show’s short lifespan, the pasts of all the characters remain shrouded in mystery, but we know that all are victims of abandonment. Paul, we know, is searching for his absentee father, but we never quite learn why he abandoned him. All we know about Keel is that his mother died, and hearing her voice is what got him interested in the paranormal. Other than that, Keel is a mystery; but, wisely, this is not due to any cheesy “checked-past” cliché, but a sense of professionalism that permeates the character. We know that Evelyn is a single parent, but she is even more mysterious than Keel. A deleted monologue ostensibly reveals why she joined the organization, but just raises more questions.

These questions make the show’s short run all the more-heartbreaking, but somehow seem to fit it. For though at the end we are told the true nature of everything that’s happening, we still feel confused, wondering about certain loose ends and subjectivities. The show haunts us. And that is the greatest compliment that can be paid to any form of artwork.
Miracles is available on DVD here.
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