10 December 2001 | jem-7
another mediocre Hallmark effort
In the past the Hallmark Hall of Fame was known for quality television. In recent years, for whatever reason, they've been putting out barely adequate efforts. This is no exception.
In this one, Scott Glenn is badly miscast as a fisherman in 1909 Ireland who is still grieving for his dead wife after 5 years. Saffron Burrows is a silkie: a woman on land, a seal in the water. John Lynch plays the requisite villain, who holds her pelt (don't ask), thus keeping her on land, and helping him catch the most fish. It's pretty much by the numbers and nothing will surprise you.
You know a made-for-television movie is in trouble when the highlights are the commercial breaks. Sadly, with recent Hallmark productions, this has definitely been the case. If they took as much time and care with their movies as they do with their commercials, people would still be talking about Hallmark movies the way they used to do.