The Way Home Hallmark series is the new family drama filling the time slot of the popular Chesapeake Shores. While both shows are multi-generational family dramas, that's where the similarity between these two shows ends. The tone of the new show is a sharp contrast to the light-hearted O'Brien family. Can this new show live up to the success of its predecessor?
What is The Way Home Hallmark Show About
The Way Home Hallmark drama follows the lives of three generations of women. There's Kat Landry (Chyler Leigh), her 15-year-old daughter Alice (Sadie Laflamme-Snow), and Kat's Mum Del (Andie MacDowell). They are all strong, opinionated, and independent.
Over 20 years ago, a life-changing event at the family's small Canadian farm prompted Kat to move away. Estranged from her mother during this time, Alice has never met her grandmother. But when Kat gets divorced and loses her job, she moves Alice to the farm. Kat thinks that it's the change, and the fresh start, they both need. The reunion will give Kat and Del a chance to repair their relationship. And, it will give Alice a chance to see where her mother grew up.
Alice is not thrilled to be pulled away from her life and friends in the city, so the move doesn't go as Kat envisioned. She's even more surprised when she learns that her mother never sent the letter that she received asking Kat to come home.
The Pilot Episode of The Way Home
Once Kat and Alice are on the farm, the pilot episode of The Way Home Hallmark series lays the foundation for the rest of the season. When Alice ditches school and gets in a fight with her mother, she runs into the woods towards a small pond on the family farm. Frustrated with her life, she takes off her bracelet and throws it into the water. But regretting that decision, she tries to lean into the water to retrieve the special memento. When she accidentally falls into the water, her life and the show take an unexpected turn.
A hand reaches in to save Alice, but the person at the end couldn't possibly be her mother. How is it that Alice has travelled back to a time when her mother was her age? It's a surprise twist that gives Alice an opportunity to see her mother at a young age. And, so see the love that she shared with her mother, father, and younger brother Jacob.
My Initial Review of The Way Home
Only one episode has aired so far in the new The Way Home Hallmark TV series. I will come back and share my thoughts as the season goes on, but my initial review is that I like the new show. It definitely is not like Chesapeake Shores, so if you were a die-hard fan of that show you may be disappointed. But, I urge you to give this one a chance and recognize that they are two entirely different shows.
The tone of The Way Home is definitely different that a typical Hallmark show. Where most tend to be very upbeat and focus on the positive, it's clear that this new show will be more serious. I don't want to say that it's a downer, but Kat and Del both carry a lot of pain and sadness. It's clear that they both suffered a tremendous loss, and I know that over time we will learn what happened twenty years ago.
What's intriguing about The Way Home Hallmark show is that it has a mystical component. The use of time travel to take us back to when the tragedy occurred is a fun way of learning about the past. It's also a way to lighten-up the show, as the young Kat (Alex Hook) and younger Del are full of joy and enthusiasm. I'm looking forward to learning more about how this pond transports Alice between two time periods. And, how she takes advantage of the opportunity to repair the relationship between her mother and grandmother.