2 March 2016 | reader4
I mean "inspiring" in the most non-religious sense of the word. I have followed the Postables with enjoyment since their first movie. (I didn't know about the earlier weekly series until just now.) One of the things I like about them is that, with the exception of the first, they don't beat you over the head with religion, and are more about the budding relationships between Oliver (Eric Mabius) and Shane (Kristin Booth), and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) and Rita (Crystal Lowe), the enormously talented pair who supply most of the comedy in the series. Rita's last name is Haywith -- with an "I," as she points out when the Chairwoman (Karin Konoval) addresses her as Rita Hayworth. Norman's last name is Dorman.
In this episode they are joined by Mark Valley, who is excellent as always, playing Steve, Shane's ex-boyfriend who is a spy for some TLA. Oliver's jealousy at their interaction, especially when he catches them kissing, battling with his confidence in Shane's loyalty to him, are fun to watch. It also cracks me up that he continues to address her as "Miss McInerney," in spite of all they have been through together. An even higher point is the delivery of Norman's gift to Rita, which is hilarious, sad, and endearing all at the same time.
This episode rises a head and shoulders above all the previous ones, though, in its involvement of the viewer, touching themes that we all must face every day. We are challenged to "pay attention to the little things right in front of us, or they may soon be gone." We are forced to look inside ourselves to find the courage to achieve our destiny. No matter how dark and hopeless things seem to be, we are advised to "hold on tight." And most importantly, to remember that although the world is full of ugliness and pain, if we come across something that is simple and joyous and beautiful, that thing is worth fighting to preserve.