'Enlightened' - The Ghost Is Seen, by Mike White
Oh yeah Sunday’s ‘Enlightened’ made me cry real tears and Tyler began the episode going to bed alone and ended the episode in love with Molly Shannon and it was so beautiful and perfect and let’s all cry together and give Mike White all of the awards.
It’s OK to be a ghost. It has its pleasures. You’re light. You float. You slip in and out unseen. There’s no love to lose or burden to be. You have so little to hold you down. You are free. Some pearls are never found. They hide under the sand on the ocean floor. No one knows they’re there. But the pearl knows. Maybe there was a time he wanted to be found. To be seen. And to be held. But now, only hope hurts. I am my own secret. A secret kept by me.
Something has changed. Now the ghost is scared. He cannot float. He’s heavy. He’s flesh and blood. He must open doors. He can’t slip away unseen. The ghost is sad. All those years invisible haunt him now. Why didn’t he try? Or care? Or be? The ghost is happy. He is found. He is held. And he is seen. The ghost is seen.
I really don’t wanna go back to being nothing. I mean, do you?
Throughout the second season of Enlightened I’m going to post the opening / closing voiceovers together because I think they’re the most crucial moments of a show comprised of nothing but perfect moments.
What if this kingdom really is cursed? It is cursed. With a lunatic logic. Death drive. Its castle made of glass and concrete and cancer. What if somehow you knew how to break the spell and only you could bring the light? What if somehow you had found the key that could unlock the chains? The magic key that could free us all? Would you use it? You have to use it.
This kingdom. This amazing kingdom we have made. This monstrous kingdom. Its castles are magic. They are beautiful. They are built on dreams and iron and greed. They are inorganic and cannot sustain. No kingdom lasts forever. Even this will end. And life and earth will reign again.
You can try to escape the story of your life, but you can’t. It happened. The baby died. The dog died. The heart broke. I knew you when you were young. I know your heart broke too. I will know you when we are both old, and maybe wise. I hope wise. I know you now - your story. Mine isn’t the one I would have chosen in the beginning, but I’ll take it. It is my story. It’s only mine. And it’s not over. There’s time. There is time. There’s so much time.
Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), Enlightened Season 1 Episode 4 - written by Mike White
I’m stuck on Enlightened tonight. So sorry I was reminded of how great that episode is.