Life Sentence (S01E01) “Pilot”

The pilot episode of Life Sentence starring Lucy Hale aired this past Wednesday, March 7th.  I have been anticipating this show ever since I learned it was being filmed in Vancouver in the fall and the show did not disappoint.  I thought it was an excellent show, lighthearted and funny and a sure hit!  The show is about Stella, Hale’s character, and the affects that having cancer has had on her and her family.  The show starts with Stella and her husband Wes, played by Elliot Knight, ordering a funeral cake.

Through flashbacks we learn about Stella’s cancer, how she has lived her life as if she were dying and how she and Wes met and fell in love.  After a visit to her doctor, Stella is able to tell her family that she is cured.  Her family’s reaction to this news is to be overjoyed, of course, but it also opens the floodgates of all the secrets and lies they have been keeping from her while she was sick.  For example her father Paul, played by Dylan Walsh, can’t keep up with the mortgage because the cancer treatments were not cheap, her mother Ida, played by Gillian Vigman has fallen out of love with her father, her older sister Elizabeth, played by Brooke Lyons has done everything she can to make Stella’s life fun and had children early just so her parents would have something to be happy about and her brother Aiden, played by Jayson Blair has no job and still lives with his parents because he can’t get his life together and deal with his sister’s sickness.  We also learn that Stella and Wes have been keeping secrets from each other.  Stella has to figure out what to do with the rest of her life and if her marriage that was expected to last no more than 6 months will stand the test of time.  The best line from the pilot is from Wes to Stella “I know I promised you that I would love you for the rest of your life.  But I was always going to love you for the rest of mine.  You just weren’t going to be around to see it.”  The rest of the series will be to show how Stella has to figure out how to live like she is living since she is no longer dying.  The music was lively, current and placed at the perfect moments of the show.  There is a playlist on Spotify with songs from the pilot and future episodes.

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