I (Adry) wrote this review of Dead of Summer 1×06 for Voice of TV. It expresses what I feel about Liz’s performance in the episode and in general. I don’t think her talent could actually be explained with words, but I tried. Oh something else I loved is the voice she had when she was playing a younger Deb. The way she talks (the scene when she was talking to her friend about Keith) makes her look younger, I think she did a fantastic job there as well. Anyway I’m gonna copy the review part here (the recap is less important, but if you’re interested you can find it at this link).
I know it’s weird I called her “Mitchell” lol, I had to… but she’ll always be my Liz. Always! 😛 <3
Elizabeth Mitchell’s Heartbreaking And Powerful Perfomance In Dead Of Summer 1×06 – Review
As I expected Dead of Summer 1×06 “The Dharma Bums” was the best episode yet and not only because of the sad and touching back-story of Deb, but mostly because of the incredible performance delivered by Elizabeth Mitchell. That woman can do anything and she has constantly proved she can do no wrong.
Even if you are familiar with her talent, she never stops surprising you with all the thoughtful and mind-blowing depth, the overwhelming emotions and the delicate and infinitesimal layers she is able to put into all her characters.
What she did with Deb was phenomenal and unique. It’s her extraordinary ability to recreate moments with profound sensitivity and undeniable credibility that make you identify with her characters.
Mitchell dives you into Deb’s misery with an impeccable perception of the feelings the woman has been going through from the death of the young counselor to the recurring loss of her true love.
Deborah Carpenter’s past was heart wrenching, bittersweet and devastating.
The pain of this character was so real and intense as much as the joy and the happiness she could only taste for a little while when she has Keith (Dylan Neal) by her side, when they both believed in their dreams and when life hasn’t crushed them yet.
Those were two souls that lost each other and lost themselves, two bums who forgot what means to be free as soon as they stopped to be together.
Their love story is heartbreaking and yet intensely beautiful. Both actors were able to create a palpable chemistry and true feelings that can only overwhelm you almost as much as they overwhelm themselves.
Keith’s death is the turning point into Deb’s life. After that Camp Stillwater’s owner wanted to believe so badly that things can go back the way they were and her commitment in recreating the summer of her past is what actually made her reopen that place. Those were moments of her life when she was truly happy and still has her dreams to believe in and fight for. She wanted to save the world and got stuck and changed by it in the process, they both did, but “it’s never too late to be the person you were always meant to be,” at least for Deb.
Even if she forgot that in the past, she will have to hold on to it to keep going, to be there for those kids, to give them the same hopes she had at their age, no matter what happened to Cricket, no matter what happened to Keith. She will probably never be able to save the world, but she could try to save a small part of it.
“The Dharma Bums” is the strongest and the most compelling episode so far, I doubt it could be matched. Even if the story went exactly as my prediction, the intensity of the plot, the powerful performances (in particular the Elizabeth Mitchell’s one), the beauty of a genuinely authentic love story, make the sixth instalment not just enjoyable but emotional on so many levels.
The love of these two souls blossoms during one only summer and endures a lifetime. Not even distance can tear them apart, not even the world that changed them can break up their hearts.