Exploring the art of storytelling.
The best part of “Stay With Me” was the ending montage. Crash had just left Carter to join the military. The episode then cut to shots of the characters as we heard Crash read his letter to Carter aloud. The first shot was of Ofe lying in bed. Next, we saw David taking off his wedding ring. Then, we got a shot of Taylor looking at the stuffed bear Ofe won her, and Grant entered her room to console her. Next, we saw Max driving. There was a picture of him and Taylor hanging in his car. Then, we saw a shot of Crash sitting on the bus. Lastly, we watched as Elizabeth hugged a crying Carter. All the while, Crash’s letter spoke of his love of Carter. On top of this, the montage was all backed by the song “I Run to You” by Missio. This song was slow with simple guitar chords. The song sounded like it was echoing. It had lyrics such as “I wait for you” and “Don’t quit on me,” as if it represented Carter’s response to Crash’s letter. All of these elements–the music, the camera shots, and the words from Crash’s letter–tied the episode together, ending it with an array of powerful emotions. It was perfect.
The best line in “Stay With Me” was when Taylor said, “This family needs a reality show.” It made me chuckle because it is so true. I’m almost surprised that they haven’t been contacted by a TV studio yet.
It was nice to see Taylor and Grant bonding. I feel like their relationship has weakened since Carter has returned. I’m glad the writers are exploring their relationship again. Taylor and Grant share far more than any other characters; they had to grow up together without their sister.
The divorce scene between Elizabeth and David was heartbreaking. Elizabeth was crying and David was teary-eyed. It was realistic and emotional. A decision like that is never easy.
I still can’t bring myself to believe that Carter and Crash are in love. Crash lacks emotion, and there doesn’t seem to be any passion between them. The actors, Kathryn Prescott (Carter) and Caleb Ruminer (Crash), lack chemistry. Because of this, I felt apathetic towards Crash’s departure.