Monday, August 26, 2013
Hallmark Channel Movie: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Also Previously Known As: Dead Letters or Lost Letters
Network: Hallmark Channel
Original Air Date: October 12, 2013
Please Note: *This 2 hour Movie is a pilot for the next primetime series for the Hallmark Channel - by "Touched by an Angel" alum Martha Williamson.
(Main Cast for Movie & Series)
Eric Mabius ... Oliver
Crystal Lowe ... Rita
Kristin Booth ... Shane
Geoff Gustafson ... Norman
Daphne Zuniga ... Andrea Shmeckle
Ben Hollingsworth ... Charlie
Laci J Mailey ... Kelly
Jarod Joseph ... Cameron
Olivia Cheng ... Newsperson
Geoff Gustafson ... Norman
Carolyn Adair ... Faculty Member
Michasha Armstrong ... Watch Commander
Michael Karl Richards ... Cameron
Michael P. Northey ... Jerry Polevich
Kelly-Ruth Mercier ... Charlie's Neighbor
Victor Ayala ... Barista
Larke Miller ... Eleanor
C. Douglas Quan ... Detective
Samuel Hartley ... Little Boy
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” introduces a dedicated, quartet of civil servants in the Dead Letter Office of the U.S. Postal System who transform themselves into an elite team of lost-mail detectives. Their determination to deliver the seemingly undeliverable takes them out of the post office into an unpredictable world where letters and packages from the past save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but always miraculously on time. The intrepid team is led by the charming and handsome, but idiosyncratic, Oliver (Mabius) who still considers the stamped and mailed letter to be the gold standard of human communication. His hapless team of lost letter experts, free-spirited Rita (Crystal Lowe, “Smallville”) and oddly- intuitive Norman (Geoff Gustafson, “Primeval: New World”), are thrown for a loop when a beautiful, no-nonsense technophile named Shane (Booth) is mistakenly transferred to their inner sanctum. Shane inspires the lovable crew to step up in a risky and unorthodox way, beginning with a chance to clear the name of a wrongfully accused man and reconnect him with the love of his life.
The CIA has nothing on this team of “Letter” detectives!
Signed Sealed Delivered is such a clever movie… thought-provoking, soul-searching, and definitely emotionally stirring!
I loved that each character, in this story, was more than one dimensional…
Let me begin with Oliver, portrayed by actor Eric Mabius, who is the leader of the group, at the United States Postal Office, which investigates Lost or Dead Letters. As a man with a certain throw-back era of charm and sophistication, we gradually learn Oliver’s story. His wife has left him, over a year ago, and yet he still holds out hope they will one day reunite. He is a true gentleman, who has made a promise, so he has remained faithful. Oliver takes his job and life, in general, very seriously and feels a higher calling, as a mission to deliver each letter, as it has been intended to be sent.
Shane, portrayed by actress Kristin Booth, is the newest member of this team of investigators. In spite of the name Shane, this character is female. She has been incorrectly sent to work in this dead letter office, and at first, she cannot wait to be sent on to where she was initially assigned. However, while waiting to be transferred, she develops a passion for their mission of finding the recipients of these lost letters, and a fondness for her co-workers Oliver, Rita, and Norman.
So that takes us now to the co-workers, characters Rita and Norman, portrayed by Crystal Lowe and Geoff Gustafson. It’s obvious, from the start, that these two are extremely smart and dedicated to their work, each having a database of facts and information already stored in their minds. I really like Rita. She is intelligent, sweet, a little shy, and she has a retro style, which I love. Norman, also a little shy, is quick with facts and figures, but terribly slow in the department of love and realizing that Rita likes him. Though she makes several attempts at hinting her interest, Norman seems clueless. If I had to classify these two, as they do their letters, I would stereotype them as bookworm / computer nerds, who are far more comfortable with written words, then real-life people and social conversation.
In the end, Shane helped this team, to bend the rules a bit, by using her tech-savvy computer skills, and helping to solve the mystery of their lost letter… all while finding a bit of redemption, herself, with a mysterious letter, of her own.
I truly enjoyed this movie… I laughed, I got misty eyes (at one point), and I felt rather part of the story, trying to guess what would happen next with clues given along the way.
As a person of faith, I was proud that such a gentlemen, like Oliver, was also portrayed as a man of faith, with honor and principle.
I loved the “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Premiere Movie – and I am absolutely looking forward to the upcoming drama series on the Hallmark Channel come Spring, 2014!
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